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Target Signs Multiyear Deals To Become MLS Partner, Minnesota United Jersey Sponsor

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 01 / 19 / 17

Target has signed a multiyear deal with MLS to become an official partner of the league in what the Minnesota-based retailer is calling its largest-ever push into team sports. The company also has signed a multiyear deal with expansion club Minnesota United to put its bullseye logo on the front of t...

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