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BeIN SPORT app nears launch date
by Paul Kennedy, by Ridge Mahoney, April 18th, 2013 2:06PM

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By Ridge Mahoney and Paul Kennedy

A soccer outlet unknown to U.S. fans a year ago has joined the world of apps.

Miami-based beIN SPORT, which crashed into the American soccer consciousness by buying up rights to valuable properties such as World Cup qualifiers and Italian and Spanish soccer, is preparing to launch the beIN SPORT app. An official announcement is expected in the next day or so.

Exclusive video, news and scheduling content will be available on Android and iOS platforms, with free downloads from the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store. The content includes coverage of La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1, Conmebol and Concacaf World Cup qualifying and more.Also available on the app is beIN SPORT international content such as
horse racing, motor sports, team handball, tennis, volleyball and boxing, FIBA basketball, and rugby.

Users can access video, news, or scheduling information for beIN SPORT HD and beIN SPORT en Español using three separate tabs. The app includes filters so users can streamline their access to content.

ORLANDO MAYOR BULLISH ON STADIUM. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is certainly bullish on building a MLS soccer stadium.

He told local ABC affiliate WFTV Channel 9 he's signed off on the purchase of downtown land where the stadium would be built and explained why he signed off on the $8.3 million purchase.

"I can tell you with certainty that is where we would like to construct the stadium," said Dyer of the two-block location "It makes sense."

The soccer stadium would be part of a downtown area that would include the Florida Citrus Bowl (football stadium that is the current home of Orlando City), Amway Center (basketball arena) and the downtown Performing Arts Center.

"That's the perfect location," added Dyer. "We have the parking already associated with the other facilities in the downtown area."

Funding for the $110 stadium project still needs to be finalized. Orange County politicians are balking at chipping in tourist tax money.

"I can't see any reason that I will change my position," said County Commissioner Fred Brummer. "The more I read, the more I see, the more, 'No,' I become."

NSCAA ELECTIONS. The National Soccer Coaches Association of America will be holding elections for five positions, including Vice President for Education and Vice President for Membership.

Any active or life member can nominate himself or herself or may submit one or more other nominees for the positions. Nominations must be completed no later than June 14.

(Click here for the nominating form.)
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