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Going Off The Grid: Execs Discuss First Cars, MLS Expansion Teams

"Going Off The Grid" is a weekly survey of sports execs and personalities offering their thoughts on a handful of pressing (and trivial) issues in sports and pop culture. This week, our panelists discuss their first cars and MLS expansion teams ahead of the '20 season.

  • MLS VP/Retail Development Emily Unruh
    -- Has bicycled across Kansas 3 times (not in a row).
  • Aspire Group Senior VP/Fan Relationship Management Center Tony Garrett
    -- Was the first person in his family to ever go to college.
  • NASCAR VP/Partnership Marketing Michelle Byron
    -- Fed her college sports obsession by becoming a WVU cheerleader.
  • NFL Dir of Partnerships Strategy Monica Gimlett
    -- Has visited over 25 countries.
Going Off The Grid

Most exciting MLS expansion team this season?  Spring activity you're looking forward to? March Madness pick? What was your first car? Initial thoughts on the XFL?
Both teams are going to be fun to watch
Hitting the playground with my two-year-old daughter
Honda Accord hatchback
Happy to see the N.Y. Guardians win and it looked like Audi Field had a great crowd

Nashville SC
Celebrating my wife's birthday on May 1
Kansas or Maryland
A red Chevy Nova
They have done a good job with marketing, TV exposure and attendance
I am counting down the days until the '21 Charlotte team!
Our annual family vacation -- this year it's Marco Island, Fla.
West Virginia
Dodge Omni hatchback
I appreciate that it affords more college athletes the opportunity to play pro

Inter Miami CF -- It should be a great new market for soccer
Going for walks and runs outside
UConn women
Volvo 850
It's been interesting to watch them experiment with different on-field concepts

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