Before we get to the trivia answer, here is a great article from SBD about the partnership between the New York Yankees and Manchester City. The wealth of City’s owners is well known to soccer fans, but the wildcard in this relationship is the New York savvy and television power of the New York Yankees. Among Regional Sports Networks, the Yankee owned Yes network is a powerhouse. With large national penetration and lock down carriage agreements in the all important New York Metro area (this includes New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut), the Yes Network offers MLS a huge opportunity to become a tv presence.
According to the article, “The partnership between the Yankees and Man City started when Yankees co-owned Legends Hospitality entered an agreement with British chef Jamie Oliver to provide food, beverage and merchandise at Man City’s Etihad Stadium.” The piece also note that the team is close to naming a business lead is looking to secure media partnerships and a stadium site. At this point, it seems clear that the team’s first match will be played somewhere other than its own stadium.
Now on to the trivia. Thanks for your responses. Here is the question with the answer.
What MLS team existed for the least amount of time?
The league expanded from 10 to 12 teams in 1998 by starting up the Chicago Fire and the Miami Fusion. With a league decision to cut back from 12 teams to 10, Miami and Tampa Bay were closed down after the 2001 season. For Miami it had been a life of only three seasons.
Excerpt from The First American Soccer Trivia Book by Jamie Clary; Copyright 2007 FreeFalling Graffiti; www.soccerprofessor.com
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