How many MLS teams will be without a shirt sponsor for the 2008 season?

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by pc4th, Jan 28, 2008.

  1. pc4th

    pc4th New Member

    Jun 14, 2003
    North Poll
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    LA - Herbalife
    RSL - Xango
    Houston - Amigo Energy
    Chivas - Comex
    New York - Red Bull
    Chicago - Best Buy
    Columbus - Glidden
    Toronto - BMO

    I believe these teams could use an extra $2 mil a year:

    New England
    DC United
    Kansas City
    San Jose
    FC Dallas
    Colorado
     
  2. jade1mls

    jade1mls Member

    Jul 9, 2006
    Seattle
    DC will have one in short order.
    They did not clear the 3 stripes off the 2008 jersey for nothing. I'd think
    Dallas might too.

    Something tells me New England or Kansas City will be the last to make a deal.
     
  3. CACuzcatlan

    CACuzcatlan Member

    Jun 11, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Do you mean at the beginning of the 2008 season or at the end of the 2008 season?

    At the beginning I think only DC will have added a sponsor. By the end, perhaps other teams can convince companies that its the way to go and add some sponsors.
     
  4. MLS1FAN

    MLS1FAN Member+

    May 11, 2004
    Miami Beach,FL
    Club:
    Manchester City FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think for 2008, we will see DC United 1st, Dallas 2nd, San Jose 3rd, and Kansas City at the end of the season at 4th! I think Seattle may seriously have a sponsor before Colorado and New England...
     
  5. pawn

    pawn Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Waltham, MA
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    i agree
     
  6. Futbolisto

    Futbolisto Member

    Mar 6, 2006
    Upper West Side
    Club:
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It's a damn shame, but true. I think the Revs will be the last to get a sponsor. No SSS, no shirt sponsor and players abandoning ship. Maybe its time for Kraft to sell the Res.
     
  7. TheRustyEunuch

    Oct 16, 2007
    Medellín
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake

    It's a shame that the Revs are not going to sell out and have a cheesey sponsor on their shirt? I think that is awesome. I agree they do need their on SSS. Why would you want the richest owner out of the league? I'm not trying to chap your ace but I am not a fan of the sponsor crap. I understand it brings in money but is it worth it?

    Could someone posts how much money the league/teams make off shirt sponsors?
     
  8. DCSharksFC

    DCSharksFC Member

    Feb 28, 2003
    Virginia Tech
    $2mil/yr

    thats the salary cap, or its the salary of your designated player

    if i was a gm, i'd take a shot at getting a shirt sponsor

    plus...

    with mls increasing in value, the $2mil/yr could go up as well

    if you take that into account, maybe kraft is waiting for the price to increase to find the right sponsor
     
  9. teddy_montoya

    teddy_montoya RapidsThugLife

    Nov 9, 2006
    Supporters Terrace
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    From what I hear the Rapids are looking around and are gaining intrest from some companies. No word on who they are, but it was mentioned we will get one hopefully by mid season. If not sooner....
     
  10. Nacional Tijuana

    Nacional Tijuana BigSoccer Supporter

    May 6, 2003
    San Diego, Calif.
    Club:
    Seattle Sounders
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Elsewhere on BS, I seem to recall a mockup of an 08 Rapids jersey that had no sponsor but no wordmark either. IMHO, it looked really sharp (for lack of team wordmark, not the lack of sponsor). Are they intending to go blank until a sponsor is gotten, or will they have the team wordmark?
     
  11. TheRustyEunuch

    Oct 16, 2007
    Medellín
    Club:
    Real Salt Lake

    Fair enough but do you really want to see Pine-Sol United on the front of your shirts?
     
  12. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The Rapids workmark is put on the kits by a local company, so odds are you saw a jersey that didn't come from the Rapids FO and came from Adidas or the league office. The jersey that Burciaga wore in the Nothing but Nets promotion and the jersies that Telefutura has for their set don't have the Rapids wordmark, because they didn't come from the batches the Rapids FO had modified.
     
  13. KaptPowers

    KaptPowers Member

    Dec 29, 2003
    Arlington, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We will either be last or 2nd to last. What business sense would it make for someone to shell out $2 million for space on a jersey you can basically only find online and at the stadium?

    Can Chivas fans get Comex shirts yet? Will Columbus be selling Glidden ones? Doesn't make a lot of sense to have a sponsor but not be able to buy the jersey...

    Doesn't make sense for Kraft to sell. He could never make the money he's lost on the team since '96 back. He owns the building. The team fills in a space between concerts and the Patriots. Like it or not, he's not going anywhere unless someone with incredibly deep pockets materializes on Route One.
     
  14. LongTimeQuakesFan'74

    San Jose Earthquakes
    United States
    Nov 12, 2007
    Arlington, TX, USA
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe a team can get ALPO to sponsor a shirt, for old times sake.
     
  15. Unak78

    Unak78 BigSoccer Supporter

    Dec 17, 2007
    PSG & Enyimba FC
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Nigeria
    First of all MLS cannot, and I repeat, cannot be turning down money in any form. Second part of the reason why jersey sponsors have become such a big business in soccer is in part because of lack of commercial timeouts.

    Thirdly the potential for sponsorships as the league grows is astronomical. Eg. AIG is paying Manchester Utd. over 100mil over 5 years. Yeah,... it's worth it.
     
  16. Unak78

    Unak78 BigSoccer Supporter

    Dec 17, 2007
    PSG & Enyimba FC
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Nat'l Team:
    Nigeria
    Didn't they clear thier jerseys too this year. I don't remember seeing a team name on the example that I saw.
     
  17. UVA-United

    UVA-United New Member

    Apr 10, 2005
    Recession/Depression is a GREAT time to be looking for sponsors!
     
  18. JasonMa

    JasonMa Member+

    Mar 20, 2000
    Arvada, CO
    Club:
    Colorado Rapids
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Seriously people, read the thread before posting...
     

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