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Jerseys plus TV equals $$$

Ever since Red Bull took over the train wreck formerly known as the MetroStars, full-blown jersey sponsorship league-wide was only a matter of time.

Contingent upon the deal being approved by the board of governors was permission for "Red Bull" to be prominently displayed on the front of the jersey, as is common throughout the world, and for ...

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Make BeLieve Soccer

The league is being called to task once again for its attendance figures and this time, the evidence is unquestioned.

San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Mark Zeigler's story appears in Wednesday's edition of the newspaper. Confirmed by sources and backed by an MLS internal document, it tells a tale of grossly inflated crowd figures.

The league uses ...

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'Hidden revenues' a key to MLS growth

Any business leader or entrepreneur knows the dangers of "hidden costs," those troublesome expenses, sometimes unforeseen, that can doom the most promising startup.

MLS fans, perhaps perplexed at why operator-investors are sinking their money into facilities and not players, are mostly unaware of what might be called the "hidden revenues" that come with running your own place.
 
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Bornstein and Chivas USA come through again

One play doesn't make a team, or a season, or a player's reputation.

Yet by pulling a ball back and, perhaps inadvertently, setting up the only goal of CD Chivas USA's 1-0 win over FC Dallas Wednesday night at Pizza Hut Park, rookie Jonathan Bornstein in many ways encapsulated what he, and his team, is about in 2006.

The league's worst ...

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Ramping It Up

Can it be? Have MLS regular-season games truly taken on an aura of urgency and intensity?

No question. Last week's Real Salt Lake-Colorado tussle, despite being played on football markings, had scraps and scrapes long before Rapids players taunted opposing fans so vividly RSL supreme Dave Checketts complained to the league office and issued an admonishing statement.

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