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USL Club Sacramento Republic FC's New Jersey Sponsorship Deal Key To MLS Bid

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 17 / 17

USL club Sacramento Republic has signed a binding five-year deal with UC Davis Health for a potential MLS jersey sponsorship. The deal is believed to be the first time that any MLS expansion bidder has secured this kind of agreement prior to being granted a franchise by the league. UC Davis Health h...

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