SOCCER UNITED MARKETING and ESPN have sold the international broadcast rights for all MLS games to MP & SILVA.
ESPN will now turn over the international rights to MP & SILVA in a deal that will deliver an eight figure payout it will share with SUM over the next four years.
“The economic benefits are substantial, but strategically they’re really going to expand our distribution,” said SUM’s Doug Quinn. “This is something they can be working on 24-7. The international broadcast landscape is a small group of people, and I think MP & SILVA is going to go after it very agressively.”
MP & SILVA holds the worldwide rights to the ITALIAN SERIE A and ATP QATAR OPEN. The agency has offices in Singapore, Milan, Dubai, and Miami.
The reason this company has acquired rights to MLS is because of the influx of foreign players that they feel makes the league more saleable.
“We saw a potential in Major League Soccer and see a really good potential internationally because of the involvment of new players from outside, good players,” Pozzali said.
“We will work together with MLS and SUM to bring top players to clubs to increase the quality of the league.”
*Robert Warzycha as expected is the new head coach of the Columbus Crew. Makes alot of sense from the stand-point of continuity. Warzycha reminds us that the quickest route to getting a shot at being a head coach is by doing your time as an assistant.
* ODDS and ENDS:
MIAMI is getting serious about being in MLS and are basically saying either 2010 or not at all. The MIAMI bid is being headed up by Bolivian businessman MARCELO CLAURE who is partnered with BARCELONA .
SEATTLE DP FREDDIE LJUNBERG has had surgery for a hip condition . The SOUNDERS will also have the first pick in the MLS SUPERDRAFT…
Meanwhile DYNAMO fans need to continue to be heard by contacting elected officials with your comments on a new stadium, send them a Christmas card with your desires: