SBD/July 26, 2011/Media

New Global Soccer Website With Social Media Bent To Launch This Fall

The Charlotte duo “behind a soccer Internet enterprise in the late 1990s is at it again,” with business partners Mac Lackey and Ross Saldarini launching a new venture called, according to Celeste Smith of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Details about kyck “are still under wraps.” Lackey, who is "recruiting investors for the project," said that the site “will have a social media bent ‘focused on global soccer at the highest level.’" The project “will share similarities with, which the partners launched” in ’99. Lackey said that parts of that company “were sold and resold over the years,” and he “recently bought the domain name back with plans to revive the venture along with kyck.” Kyck is based in Charlotte, and Lackey said that it “will officially launch between October and the end of the year” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/23). Saldarini in an e-mail to potential investors wrote, “Today Facebook, Twitter, etc. have ‘connected’ us in a way the world has never seen before, but these networks do not provide us (the core soccer players and fans) the deep, rich experience we crave focused exclusively on our soccer passion. … Kyck will provide that. It does not replace other social networks, it works with them and makes them and their content more relevant to us” (THE DAILY).
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