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From his introduction to a ribbon cutting: MLS highlights under Don Garber
Published March 16, 2009
MLS names Don Garber as its new commissioner, replacing Doug Logan. Garber had been NFL senior vice president and managing director of NFL International.
ESPN2 and ABC will combine to televise 28 MLS games over 19 consecutive Saturdays in 2000.
AEG assumes operating rights to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, becoming the investor-operator of five MLS teams.
The league acquires the English-language rights to the 2002 and 2006 men’s FIFA World Cups, and the 2003 Women’s World Cup.
The Tampa Bay Mutiny and Miami Fusion cease operations.
Soccer United Marketing is formed as a subsidiary to manage sales, service and broadcast production for MLS and its English-language World Cup properties.
Four-year deal with Fox Sports International includes at least 25 nationally televised regular-season games and at least eight playoff games per season on Fox Sports World and Fox Sports en Español, extending the league’s broadcasts to Latin America and the Middle East.
Signs three-year agreement with HDNet to broadcast live HDTV coverage.
League awards its 12th franchise to Dave Checketts and Salt Lake City for a $10 million expansion fee.
Expansion Chivas USA announces plans to share the Los Angeles Galaxy’s Home Depot Center.
Adidas signs a 10-year deal, estimated at $150 million, to become the league’s official athletic sponsor and licensed-product supplier.
The league signs its first collective-bargaining agreement with players.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is awarded an expansion franchise in Toronto to begin play in 2007.
AEG relocates the San Jose Earthquakes to Houston.
A five-year, $11 million programming deal with Fox Soccer Channel includes rights to select MLS, international friendly and U.S. men’s and women’s national team matches.
Reaches eight-year multimedia rights agreement, for a reported $7 million to $8 million annually, with the ESPN family of networks.
Signs eight-year, nearly $80 million, broadcast deal with Univision.
Real Salt Lake becomes the first MLS team to sell a jersey sponsorship.
MLS and Mexico’s Primera Division create SuperLiga, a tournament among four clubs from each of the leagues.
David Beckham announces plans to join the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The league announces the return of the San Jose Earthquakes, beginning play as an expansion team in 2008.
Introduces expansion club Seattle Sounders FC to begin play in 2009.
Awards an expansion franchise to Philadelphia to begin play in 2010.
Announces plans to add two teams by 2011, which would bring the league total to 18 teams.
The $115 million Rio Tinto Stadium, home of Real Salt Lake, opens as the seventh soccer-specific stadium for MLS teams.
— Compiled by Brandon McClung