Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
NASL moves into Jacksonville and Oklahoma City
by Paul Kennedy, by Ridge Mahoney, July 25th, 2013 7:02PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  nasl, soccer business, television

MOST COMMENTED

By Paul Kennedy and Ridge Mahoney

The NASL, which recently finished its spring season with seven teams, could be up to as many as 14 teams by the time the 2015 season starts.

The league's board of governors approved expansion teams for Jacksonville, Fla., and Oklahoma City, Okla., to begin play in the 2015 spring season.
 
"We are delighted to be expanding to two cities that clearly have a passion for soccer, where we believe local fans will be excited to welcome our newest teams," said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson in a statement. "We have considered expansion to cities that meet specific criteria and most importantly have strong ownership groups that will provide a long and stable future for the NASL in those markets, which we clearly have in both Jacksonville and Oklahoma City."

JACKSONVILLE. Jacksonville has staged successful U.S.  international matches in the last 14 months -- 44,428 for USA-Scotland men and 18,656 for USA-Scotland women -- though a Tigres-Cruz Azul friendly drew just 4,273 recently at EverBank Field.

The old NASL played in Jacksonville in 1981 (average attendance: 9,507
and 1982 (7,160) after the Tea Men moved from New England.

Mark Frisch and former professional MLS goalkeeper Dario Sala of the Sunshine Soccer Group, which staged the Mexican exhibition game, lead the Jacksonville NASL group.

No home for the new NASL team was announced.

"I am thrilled to have helped lead an effort to bring pro soccer back to Jacksonville," said Frisch in a statement.  "I am very grateful for all the support from the city and the fans leading up to this day.  I know the fans out there have been waiting for this moment for a long time.  I cannot wait to go out and meet them all personally and talk the beautiful game of soccer in Jacksonville."
 
OKLAHOMA CITY. Oklahoma City businessman Tim McLaughlin heads OKC Pro Soccer LLC that received approval to operate an NASL team. It comes three weeks after a rival group received approval from USL PRO to operate a team beginning next year in Oklahoma City.

An NASL-supported group was recently awarded a two-year lease plus a renewal option to Taft Stadium by the Oklahoma City Public Schools board. It filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma in response to a “cease and desist” letter issued by United Soccer Leagues, which  is seeking to enforce the covenant-not-to-compete clause in the franchise agreement some of the NASL backers have with United Soccer Leagues for PDL club Oklahoma City FC.

"Bringing a high-level professional soccer club to Oklahoma City is going to add an exciting new sports dimension to our city and state," said McLaughlin in a statement. "We look forward to working with the NASL to give our community a soccer team and game experience people will be talking about for many years to come.

The NASL's eighth team, the New York Cosmos, who are currently training in England, kick off the second half of the 2013 NASL season Aug. 3. A ninth team, the Puerto Rico Islanders, is currently on hiatus, sitting out both halves of the 2013 season. Five more teams have been approved for 2014 or 2015.

NASL Expansion Teams:
Indy Eleven (2014)
Ottawa Fury FC (2014)
Virginia Cavalry FC (2014)
Jacksonville (2015)
Oklahoma City (2015)

SPORT SUMMIT WILL SALUTE CANTOR. Veteran soccer broadcaster Andres Cantor, whose energetic commentary and unforgettable goal calls have been a staple of American soccer coverage for more than two decades and made him a national celebrity, will be honored Aug. 14 at the Cynopsis Sports Business Summit in New York.

The Argentine-born Cantor, who is currently employed by Telemundo and is chairman of the Futbol de Primera radio network, will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Deportes Telemundo executive vice president Jorge Hildago.

Cantor, 50, has called soccer games and other sports in Spanish and English for Univision, NBC, and Telemundo since the 1980s. Born in Buenos Aires, he moved with his family to Southern California in his teen years and later attended the University of Southern California.
----------------------------
Soccer America on Twitter:
Follow Soccer America | Paul Kennedy | Ridge Mahoney | Mike Woitalla
Google+: Soccer America
Facebook: Soccer America
Soccer Business Insider RSS feed


1 comment
  1. James Madison
    commented on: July 26, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
    The news that rival Oklahoma City groups are seeking to establish both an NASL and also a USPRO team in the Sooner State capital city sounds to me like a ready-made scenario for both to fail


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer Business Insider
Top 10 soccer television stories of the year    
It is almost impossible to go a day without finding live soccer somewhere on television. Most ...
U.S. Soccer renews Nike deal through 2022    
Nike, a U.S. Soccer partner since 1995, will be providing men's and women's national team uniforms ...
Mizuno cleats hit U.S. market     
Mizuno, the century-old Japanese company that entered the U.S. market in 1961 and has specialized in ...
Signs of progress on D.C. stadium plans    
The proposal for the D.C. United stadium to be built in Washington's Buzzard Point neighborhood could ...
Miami 'giddy' about soccer, New York? Not so much    
Miami-Dade County commissioners have demonstrated their support for soccer. Just what that gets David Beckham and ...
NYCFC eyes Bronx stadium site; Miami Beckham United gets on agenda    
It will take an Edwin Moses-type to cleanly clear all the hurdles that lie ahead for ...
MLS Cup viewers on UniMas surpass those on ESPN    
Saturday's MLS Cup drew the fewest English-language viewers on record, so few in fact that the ...
Team Beckham eyes Miami stadium site by the bay    
You can't say David Beckham doesn't think big.
FIFA-adidas partnership extended through 2030    
The World Cup and adidas are synonymous, their relationship going back to the 1970 World Cup ...
The MLS boom, in numbers    
For those of us who have covered soccer going all the way back to the days ...
>> Soccer Business Insider Archives