Hey everybody! Got another heavy one for you guys, because apparently the theme for this year is that we hate fun. This week Carol and Dave tackle MLS’ sponsorship deal with Chick-Fil-A and what that means for the League’s “Soccer For All” campaign. Also, there’s some questions about how FloSports is handling the broadcasting rights in DC, and what it means for the league in the future.

First, here’s a great article from High Press Soccer about MLS’ history with the LGBTQ community: https://www.highpresssoccer.com/mls-and-the-lgbtq-community/

Here’s a brilliantly scathing satire article about MLS and Chick-Fil-A from The Nutmeg News: https://www.thenutmegnews.com/current/2019/5/18/mls-announces-chick-fil-a-as-soccer-for-all-campaign-sponsor

This is a look at Flo Sports handling of DC United’s broadcasts from The Athletic (behind a paywall): https://theathletic.com/1000851/2019/05/29/flo-sports-broadcasts-have-d-c-united-fans-seeing-red/

This is a really fun look at some alternative formats for the MLS All-Star Game from Sounder at Heart: https://www.sounderatheart.com/2019/5/30/18638956/improving-the-mls-all-star-game

Here’s Mike Petke’s interview on KSL Sports:

Here’s the Bleacher Report’s write-up of the Leagues Cup (including the impressively bland logo): https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2838555-mls-liga-mx-announce-creation-of-leagues-cup-tournament-beginning-in-july

And finally, Sounder at Heart’s announcement of Chad Marshall’s retirement: https://www.sounderatheart.com/2019/5/22/18627249/chad-marshall-retirement