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Heineken Cites Authenticity In U.S. Soccer As Reason For Long-Term MLS Sponsorship

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 28 / 15

Fresh off its 10-year deal to sponsor MLS, Heineken Senior Brand Dir Quinn Kilbury said the beer brand opted to support U.S. soccer because it already has been developed as authentic. Heineken also has a sponsorship with the UEFA Champions League. “We wouldn’t sell any extra if we did ...

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SportsBusiness Daily: CBS Sports Net To Carry NCHC Games

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SportsBusiness Daily: NASCAR, Turner Announce Digital Extension

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SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN takes it indoors

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SportsBusiness Daily: Shaq To Host Cartoon Network Award Show

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SportsBusiness Daily: Skipper Solidifies ESPN Executive Team

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SportsBusiness Daily: Hochberg Ebersol Sells NFL-Branded Show To USA

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SportsBusiness Journal: RSN talks ready to heat up in California

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SportsBusiness Journal: TWC-MSG fight threatens Sabres’ ratings lead

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SportsBusiness Daily: Fox' Shanks Talks Live EPL Game

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SportsBusiness Daily: ESPN2 Revamps Afternoon Lineup

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