Trivia Answers

In follow-up to our post from yesterday, here are the answers to two business trivia questions.

What video game system helped fund the New York Cosmos, of the old NASL?

The company behind The Exorcist, The Swarm, MAD Magazine, Asylum records, and Atari video games was Warner Communications, also the owner of the New York Cosmos. Atari games were big-time sellers in the 1970s, allowing the company to spend freely on their team. As the middle 80s crept in, however, Warner Communications suffered greatly as competitors entered the video game market. The company reigned in the checkbook and sold 60 percent of the team to Giorgio Chinaglia and a group of investors.  It went downhill from there.

Excerpt from The First American Soccer Trivia Book by Jamie Clary; Copyright 2007 FreeFalling Graffiti

What do Franz Beckenbauer’s decision to come to the old NASL and Dempsey’s decision to come to MLS have in common?

When Pele and George Best signed on to play in the NASL, they were at the end or past the end of their careers. The league had the image of being for aged stars and lower level European youngsters looking to earn good money. Beckenbauer had won the World Cup with West Germany in 1974 and had been named European Player of the Year in 1976.  When he came to the NASL, in 1977, he was still at the top of his game. Teammate Shep Messing wrote in his 1978 book, “There is no doubt that Franz is the finest player alive.”


The similarities to Clint Dempsey’s situation are notable. Numerous commentators have posted that Dempsey’s deal stands above the Beckham situation. Dempsey, unlike Beckham and many past MLS celebrities, is at the top of his game. He and Beckenbauer share that. They also share the details of playing in a major market and getting good money for their contracts.

Excerpt from The First American Soccer Trivia Book by Jamie Clary; Copyright 2007 FreeFalling Graffiti

Jamie Clary is the author of the First American Soccer Trivia Book, available through (link). He has played, coached, refereed and reported the game. During national team games, he often works with USSF compiling stats and helping media. Goalies, he feels, get too much respect from officials. Mexico and France, respectively, are his most hated teams. He plays and lives in Hendersonville, Tennessee.