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Christopher Botta

Christopher Botta covers hockey and soccer for SportsBusiness Journal/Daily.

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TD Garden Integrating LinkedIn Into New B2B Program

04 / 10 / 14

TD Garden today is announcing the formation of a B2B program that features the integration of LinkedIn for business leaders and other fans in the arena’s premium-seating areas. The program will debut next week for the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Bruins. Membership in the program,...

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U.S. Soccer Creates Spotify Profile

U.S. Soccer has created a profile on the digital music-streaming service Spotify, giving fans access to playlists of the U.S. men’s and women’s national teams and individual players. On Wednesday, the day the USMNT plays Mexico in a friendly in Phoenix, the playlist of USMNT G Nick Rima ...

SiriusXM, MLS Reach One-Year Extension

SiriusXM and MLS have agreed to a one-year extension. SiriusXM FC, the network's soccer channel, will broadcast MLS regular season and playoff games in '14 – beginning with the Sounders-Toronto FC match on Saturday and including the MLS All-Star Game and MLS Cup. SiriusXM FC will also air ...

MLS Launching Online Image Store

USA Today Sports Images and MLS today are launching mls.fanphotos.com, an official online photo product store for fans. The site is a partnership between USA Today Sports Images and MLS with Brand Affinity Technologies, which has operated similar online photo stores with the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. B ...

Chipotle To Sponsor MLS, 12 Teams

Chipotle Mexican Grill has signed a sponsorship agreement to become the official Fast-Casual Mexican Restaurant of MLS and 12 of the league's clubs. Terms of the deal were unavailable, but a Chipotle official said it is the company's largest single sports sponsorship. As part of the agreement, Chipo ...

Clorox To Sponsor USSF, El Tri

Clorox Co. has signed a deal to become an official partner of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Mexican men's national team. The agreement was made with Soccer United Marketing, MLS' commercial arm, which represents the USSF and FMF. The company will utilize the sponsorship to market its brand ...

MLS Kicks Off Preseason Media Blitz

Many of MLS' top players will be in the N.Y. area today and tomorrow conducting media interviews and participating in promo campaigns ahead of the '14 season. Players include Landon Donovan , Thierry Henry , Michael Bradley and Tim Cahill . Media hits during the course of the two days include E ...

Beck & Score To Provide World Cup Hospitality

L.A.-based event travel company Beck & Score has been selected as an authorized sub-agent of SportsMark for hospitality programs at the '14 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. SportsMark is the exclusive sales agent of Match Hospitality in the U.S. of World Cup hospitality programs. Beck & Score will ...

Dan Hunt Named FC Dallas President

Dan Hunt has been named President of FC Dallas. Hunt will direct the MLS club's business operations and will be part of the club's leadership team – along with Technical Dir  Fernando Clavijo and new head coach Oscar Pareja – that reports to FC Dallas Chair Clark Hunt , Dan's ...

NHL's Collins Talks Rogers Deal

The NHL’s 12-year, C$5.2B media rights deal with Rogers Communications was completed late Sunday night after a marathon weekend of negotiations finalized a month-long process. NHL COO John Collins said of the combined $7.2B rights-fee packages the league now has with Rogers in Canada and NBC ...

Orlando City SC To Announce MLS Transition

Orlando City SC is expected to announce tonight that it will begin MLS play in '15. MLS Commissioner Don Garber is in Orlando today for the press conference, which is open to the public and will be streamed on YouTube. The club will pay a $70M expansion fee. The majority Owner of Orlando City SC i ...

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