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  • The English Premier League has a date to come back: June 17.

The English Premier League will officially return on June 17 after three months of suspended play. All 92 remaining games will be aired across the league’s three UK broadcast partners, as no fans will be allowed in the stadiums. The move may also reduce the amount teams have to pay back broadcasters including BT and Sky Sports, which pay the EPL upfront for rights. Before Thursday’s announcement, Manchester United said it plans to rebate $24.5 million to the networks this […]

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Fundamentals: Women’s Professional Leagues

  • We welcome a three-person panel to Fundamentals on Thursday, May 21st.
  • The episode will begin at 12pm ET on Thursday, streamed live on this page.

Welcome to the latest episode of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, a Front Office Sports interview show featuring leading operators and voices of the sports industry. On Thursday May 21st, we will be hosting a three-person panel featuring Keia Clarke (New York Liberty / WNBA), Mike Golub (Portland Thorns / NWSL) and Hayley Moore (Boston Pride, NWHL) to discuss women’s professional leagues, the progress being made in their respective organizations and leagues, and the challenges they face moving forward. The episode will begin […]

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MLS Hitting The Sunshine State

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  • Orlando could host all 26 MLS teams for up to two months.

Major League Soccer may take up Gov. DeSantis’s invitation and head to Orlando to resume its season. Under a proposal from the league, all 26 MLS teams would travel to and begin training in the city by June 1, with games beginning on June 22. Four or five weeks of closed-doors games and a tournament would follow, mostly played at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Roughly 1,000 players, coaches, and staff would be housed at one of the […]

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Awaiting MLS Debut, Sacramento Republic Looks To Fans At Home

  • Before it joins MLS in 2022, Sacramento Republic FC is using the coronavirus pandemic to both discover new fans and maintain its existing ones.
  • From its “Let’s Talk Soccer” initiative to “Indomitable Hands,” the club is using both its digital and personal touch to connect with Sacramento locals.

A current member of the USL Championship, Sacramento Republic FC had its eyes on 2022, when it was set to become the 29th team in Major League Soccer. But now that the coronavirus pandemic has made 2022 feel eons away, team president Benjamin Gumpert is focusing on what he and his staff can do to fulfill Sacramento Republic’s ultimate mission: to make its community a better place. “By doing this, this isn’t top-down by any means,” Gumpert said. “This is […]

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MLS Launches New Training Portal To Reach Players At Home

  • MLS's new training platform is launching with content from all 26 clubs in the league.
  • There are more than 450 videos featuring skills that can be used indoors or outdoors, only needing a ball and a bit of space.

MLS is rolling out a new digital training platform that aims to help youth and recreational players of all ages and abilities that are staying at home improve at soccer. The platform, which is called “Train With MLS,” is launching on April 16 with an initial library of hundreds of videos organized in categories such as ball mastery, dribbling, and fitness. The skills are grouped into fundamental, intermediate, and advanced skill levels and all of the content has been reviewed, […]

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USL Launching Rocket League Tournament Amid Season Pause

  • USL Championship and League One seasons are currently suspended until at least May 10 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
  • New esports effort aims to create something where "supporters and fans could come together again, compete, and share a few laughs."

The USL is launching a 32-team Rocket League tournament to engage fans and create a fun competition while on-field matches are postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic. It also represents the USL’s first league-level esports effort. The tournament, which will be called the USL eCup, will begin on March 31 and continue through April 24. It will be a World Cup-style event with a group stage and knock-out rounds featuring 32 USL Championship and USL League One clubs who will each […]

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As Sports World Pauses, Forward Madison Goes Digital With Jersey Event

  • USL League One club Forward Madison has emerged as one of the top merchandise-selling clubs in U.S. soccer.
  • Due to the coronavirus, the club has pivoted a live local fan-facing event to YouTube, potentially reaching a global audience.

On March 14, USL League One club Forward Madison was planning on having more than 400 of its most passionate fans join executives, players, and coaches at a music venue in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, for one of the more exciting moments on a soccer club’s pre-season calendar – the jersey reveal. This particular reveal was a bit special for the second-year club as well, given that this year’s jersey had been entirely designed by members of its supporters club who […]

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Shot Callers: Kari Cohen, General Counsel, New York Red Bulls

While Kari Cohen only joined the New York Red Bulls in January as the club’s new general counsel, the accomplished sports executive sees a bright future ahead for soccer in the U.S. But while she is new to the sport, Cohen is not new to the field of sports law, most recently serving as the deputy general counsel at BSE Global. Cohen sat down with Front Office Sports Editor Ian Thomas to chat about what drew her to this role […]

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Las Vegas Lights To Wear 17 Jerseys, Including One By Highest Bidder

  • An initial fan design contest response overwhelmed the team and spawned the new campaign for 17 different home jerseys.
  • One of the jerseys will be reserved for the highest bidder, who will choose the design.

The Las Vegas Lights will flicker through uniforms this season as the soccer team will wear 17 different home jerseys. The idea came from the USL Championship team’s campaign to allow fans to design a jersey in the off-season. Overwhelmed with hundreds of responses, the Lights leadership decided to have fun, team owner and CEO Brett Lashbrook said. “I saw this more and more in European leagues, like Manchester City – it seems like every time I’m watching, they have […]

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Shot Callers: Riley Mahoney, Senior Merchandise Manager, MLS at adidas

With Major League Soccer beginning its 25th season, the league worked with its jersey provider adidas to design new jerseys for each of the league’s 26 clubs. Riley Mahoney, senior merchandise manager at adidas for MLS, joins Ian Thomas to discuss the new threads for the 2020 season and the thought that went into designing them. Edited highlights appear below: On the approach to the jerseys for this season (0:18) Mahoney: “Really this journey started back in 2018. It’s a […]

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