Soccer Business Bits: Breakaway, Orlando & More

bostonTime for a couple of quick hits from around the world of soccer business.  Saturday brought the second iteration of the “MLS Breakaway” on the NBC Sports Network.  The show is billed as a “Red Zone” style show for Major League Soccer and was preceded by the exciting Sporting/Red Bulls match.  While the studio portion of the show was strong, the network had a few fumbles during the night.  First, the network missed two PK goals while focused on other games.  While it is tough to capture goals in such a free flowing sport, PKs present the rare opportunity to switch to another game in time for the match.  The network also decided to stay with games for extremely long stretches without updates on the other game.  Finally, the highlight of the night should have been the Dempsey unveiling, but NBCSN came out of commercial late and missed the beginning of the ceremony.

During the ASG it became official that there will be 4 new expansion teams by 2020.  It was also clear that representatives of Orlando met with MLS officials in KC to discuss their plans.  One thing that has become clear is that the Orlando bid has significant municipal and local support. Now the Orlando Sentinel is weighing in with its thoughts.  The article is definitely worth a read.  The author suggests that he is an American football fan that sees the value in bringing soccer to Orlando.  The piece uses KC as a comparison for why Orlando would be a great spot for MLS.

One final note.  We will offer a new feature tomorrow.  Courtesy of Jamie Clary of we will have a business related soccer trivia question with the answer published the following day.  More on this new feature tomorrow.