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USL Club Sacramento Republic FC Signs Potential MLS Jersey Deal

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 has been the club’s jersey sponsor since it launched in '14.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but sources said that it would rank in the upper-third across the league in terms of jersey sponsorship revenue, further showcasing the level of corporate support in Sacramento. It is estimated that MLS jersey deals are valued between $2-4M annually, and are usually the largest sponsorship deals secured by the clubs. The MLS BOG will vote on its next two expansion markets in December.