New Major Arena Soccer League Sets Sights On National Sponsorships, TV Deal
With his team's contract with the Major Indoor Soccer League expiring at the end of the '13-14 season, Baltimore Blast Owner Ed Hale believes that the "new coast-to-coast" Major Arena Soccer League will "give indoor soccer a broader national scope with the possibility of a national television contract and national sponsorships," according to Glenn Graham of the Baltimore SUN. MASL will be an "international brand with three Mexico-based teams also in the mix." Joining the Blast in MASL from last year's seven-team MISL are the Missouri Comets, Milwaukee Wave, Rochester Lancers, Syracuse Silver Knights and St. Louis Ambush. Six of the seven franchises "had their contracts with the United Soccer Leagues, which runs the MISL, expire at the conclusion" of the '13-14 season. The Blast also will "be reunited with some familiar rivalries as the San Diego Sockers, Dallas Sidekicks and Harrisburg Heat are among the 16 teams coming aboard" from the Professional Arena Soccer League. Hale, who was named MASL Chair, said, "When you have seven teams and somebody isn't doing well, it's a disaster. So we now have more girth and we'll be able to adapt easier." Former PASL Commissioner Kevin Milliken "assumes the same position in the MASL." Missouri Comets Owner Brad Likens has "been named league secretary" with San Diego Sockers coach and co-Founder Phil Salvagio "assuming the role as league treasurer." Milliken said that the league "could add more franchises and has put a June 1 deadline in order to compete" in the '14-15 season (Baltimore SUN, 5/20).