Soccer Business Bits: Timbers Promo

Portland-Timbers-logoIt is awards season in MLS and the Portland Timbers (like many teams) are making a full push for its players and staff to be recognized.  However, the Timbers ratcheted up the promotional efforts with a poster sized, glass covered picture frame that features Caleb Porter as a coach of the year candidate.  The poster reads “Big Hearts, Brass Balls” and references a special Widmer Brothers Caleb Porter Brew (Widmer is a Portland brewery).  The back of the frame includes a primer on some of the other Portland Timbers who are up for awards this season.

However, the big business news is that Orange County Commissioners voted in favor of pushing  $20 million in tax revenue towards the construction of a new stadium in Orlando.  Combined with the announcement from Tuesday that MLS is planning to award the next MLS expansion franchise to Orlando if the vote passed (for a cool $70 million) and the vote has passed.   The team is aggressively aiming to have its stadium constructed in time for the 2015 season and to enter the league at the same time as NYCFC, which despite the head start, will not have a stadium ready by 2015. The league is now adding the 19th largest DMA to the league in advance of negotiations of a new tv deal.

One final note.  It was reported that a future episode of the Simpsons will feature the family heading to Brazil for the World Cup.  The most famous episode of the venerable show featuring Homer and the gang mocked the sport of soccer a bit “Holds It” but it will be interesting how the sport fares this time around.