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Crew SC announces Youth Player Development affilitation relationship with Sporting Columbus


Beginning with tryouts for the 2018-2019 Player Development season, Sporting Columbus to become Official Player Development Partner of Columbus Crew SC;

Crew SC Academy operations remain unchanged

For Immediate Release:
March 2, 2018



COLUMBUS – Columbus Crew SC today announced that it has entered a formal affiliation relationship with Ohio based youth player development group Sporting Columbus who will serve as the Official Crew SC Player Development Partner beginning with tryouts for the 2018-2019 youth club season which will be held in May 2018. All programming for the remainder of the current 2018 Crew SC Player Development Spring Club Season remains as scheduled. Crew SC will continue to directly operate a series of youth development camps throughout the region. This partnership does not affect operations of the Crew SC Academy, which continues at the highest boys’ level in Ohio under the guidance of Sporting Director and Head Coach Gregg Berhalter and competes as scheduled in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy via teams in the Under-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16/17 and U-18/19 levels.


The newly formed affiliation will transition the management and fulfillment of Crew SC’s Player Development team business to Sporting Columbus which shall include the operation of youth teams and associated retail at the Boys/Girls Age 6-18 and Pre-Academy Boys/Girls Ages 11-18 age ranges.
As part of this affiliation, Sporting Columbus will become the exclusive player development partner of Crew SC. Crew SC will receive the right to sell and implement sponsorships related to Sporting Columbus’ youth system, and Crew SC will also continue to promote ticket offers to Sporting Columbus players and families. Crew SC and Sporting Columbus will co-host events, including the Crew SC Fall Classic which will take place on September 22-23, 2018.
“The local soccer community has, for several years, urged Crew SC to consider a change in the way which we operate youth programming, and the opportunity to partner with a group that will be led by a trusted committee of current Crew SC Player Development employees provides a seamless transition for our players, families, coaches and corporate partners as our business evolves to meet the needs of the youth soccer marketplace,” said Crew SC President of Business Operations Andy Loughnane.

Sporting Columbus aspires to be the finest youth sports organization and an integral part of player development, on and off the field. By promoting player development and sportsmanship in an enjoyable environment, Sporting Columbus encourages a healthy lifestyle and love of sports in players of all skill levels and backgrounds throughout the Columbus area. Sporting Columbus is led by Jeffrey Warren, Dave Merrick and Geoff Starks, who have all worked together over the past 20 years and have spent the last seven years with Crew SC within the club’s Player Development side of the business.


“We are excited to begin this affiliate partnership with Columbus Crew SC and we look forward to a successful 2018-2019 club season,” said Jeffrey Warren of Sporting Columbus. “Our goal is to provide the same quality programming that the current Crew SC player development families presently experience and we look forward to delivering on that objective.”
Parents with athletes currently registered in Crew SC Player Development programs have been contacted with additional information and more information on Sporting Columbus can be found at ( Tryouts for 2018-2019 Player Development teams, under the guidance of Sporting Columbus, will begin Tuesday, May 29 with sign-up information available in the near future.

Website: | Twitter: @ColumbusCrewSC | Instagram: @ColumbusCrewSC | Hashtag: #CrewSC | | Snapchat: ColumbusCrewSC | Google+: +columbuscrewsc | Stadium: MAPFRE Stadium | Training Facility: Crew SC Training Center at Obetz

Columbus Crew SC (Soccer Club) is the first club in Major League Soccer and in 2015, Crew SC was crowned MLS Eastern Conference Champions in the organization’s 20th season. Owned and operated by Precourt Sports Ventures (PSV), it won its first MLS Cup championship in 2008 and also won the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup as well as MLS Supporters’ Shield titles in 2004, 2008 and 2009. The 2018 campaign is the Black & Gold’s 20th season at historic MAPFRE Stadium – the first soccer-specific stadium in the United States. The club was purchased by PSV on July 29, 2013 as part of the privately held investment and management firm’s sports and entertainment business enterprise, and the club has qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs in three of the four seasons since, including winning the Eastern Conference Championship in 2015.


Sporting Columbus aspires to be the finest youth sports organization and an integral part of player growth (on and off the field).  By promoting development and sportsmanship in an enjoyable environment, Sporting Columbus encourages a healthy lifestyle and love of sports in its players.  Sporting Columbus is founded by Dave Merrick, Geoff Starks and Jeffrey Warren, partners over the past 20 years in various youth sports ventures including the past seven years as Crew SC player development directors.  Each founder brings his own set of skills from coaching to business development that overlap and work well together to set-up Sporting Columbus to succeed at achieving its mission.

Website:  | Twitter: @SportingCol | Instagram: @Sporting_Columbus| Hashtag: #Sporting_Columbus| | Phone: 614.284.9746



MLS and China Sports Media announce agreement to stream MLS matches live

Partnership will allow live streaming of MLS matches in Mainland China

Agreement includes streaming of regular season games, MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, Audi MLS Cup Playoffs, and MLS Cup rights via K-Ball and PPTV
NEW YORK (March 2, 2018) – Major League Soccer (MLS) announced today that it has partnered with China Sports Media (CSM), a leading sports marketing agency, to offer live coverage of League matches throughout China with the premier streaming video platforms, K-Ball and PPTV.

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The two-year partnership, which marks the first time CSM will have MLS rights, covers distribution of at least three regular season matches per week on K-Ball and one regular season match per week on PPTV, as well as the MLS All-Star Game presented by Target, Decision Day Presented by AT&T, Audi MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS Cup.  In addition, CSM will distribute weekly highlights, player features and other MLS content across the platforms. This new partnership creates a unique opportunity to increase MLS’ exposure across the world’s most populous country.

“We are excited to partner with CSM, and to have Major League Soccer reach Mainland China via the K-Ball and PPTV platforms,” said Gary Stevenson, President and Managing Director, MLS Business Ventures.  “MLS is coming off another record year in attendance, viewership and digital growth, this partnership is yet another example of our efforts to continue that growth worldwide.  China is a priority market, and we are confident that CSM will help expand our presence in the region and deliver MLS content to fans throughout the country.”

“With the worldwide development of Major League Soccer over the years, it has become one of the most important leagues in the world and CSM is glad to partner with MLS. We are confident that MLS will become one of the most popular leagues in China through our best efforts,” said Mrs. Zhao Jun, General Manager of CSM.

MLS’ global footprint reaches over 170 countries and territories worldwide. Global partners broadcasting MLS matches include Sky Sports in the United Kingdom, Eurosport across Europe, Globosat in Brazil, Abu Dhabi Media in the Middle East and North Africa, beIN SPORTS across Southeast Asia and Australia, FOX Sports Latin America and FOX Sports Africa, Sportcast in Taiwan, StarHub in Singapore, R-Media in Honduras, DSport in India, TVNZ Duke in New Zealand and ESPN International. Domestic partnerships with ESPN, FOX Sports, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports provide broadcasts of MLS matches throughout the United States and Canada.

IMG, Major League Soccer’s global media rights agent since 2015, facilitated the agreement.

About Major League Soccer
Headquartered in New York City, Major League Soccer features 23 clubs throughout the United States and Canada. The 23rd MLS season kicks off March 3. For more information about MLS, visit

About CSM
CSM is the leading full-service sports company in China, covering sports marketing, sports media rights operation, world feed production, etc. CSM’s media rights and production covers CSL, Team China, AFC Competitions, CFA Cup. CSM also has a data company that provides professional data services for various clients.




MLS suspends Union’s Picault and Orlando City SC’s da Silva for using offensive language

Fafà Picault Philadelphia Union 2017 photo By Noah Salzman - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

Pierre da Silva Orlando City SC 2017 photo playing with Orlando City SC B team By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA, CC BY 2.0, https

During preseason scrimmage

NEW YORK (March 2, 2018) – Major League Soccer today announced that Philadelphia Union midfielder Fabrice-Jean “Fafà” Picault and Orlando City SC midfielder Pierre da Silva each have been issued a three-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount for use of offensive language during a preseason, doubleheader, closed-door scrimmage on February 14.

Picault will serve his three-game suspension during the Union’s matches on March 3 against the New England Revolution, March 17 against Columbus Crew SC, and March 31 against the Colorado Rapids. Orlando’s da Silva will serve his three-game suspension during matches on March 3 against D.C. United, March 10 against Minnesota United FC, and March 17 against New York City FC.

MLS has a zero tolerance policy against offensive, discriminatory language at its games (including pre-season games and scrimmages), and is committed to creating an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.




Miami RedHawks suffers Senior Night loss to arch-rival Ohio 75-66



OXFORD, Ohio – The Miami University men’s basketball team dropped a 75-66 decision on Friday night to the Ohio Bobcats in the annual Battle of the Bricks. The loss drops Miami to 15-16 overall and 8-10 in MAC play. Ohio improves to 14-16, 7-11.

This was the final regular season contest for both teams. Details for the Mid-American Conference are still being finalized, but Miami will be home on Monday (March 5) at 7 p.m. to begin postseason play. Stay tuned to for up-to-the-minute details on Miami’s opponent.

Miami had four players in double figures, led by freshman Nike Sibande’s 23. Jalen Adaway added 13 and Logan McLane and Dalonte Brown had 10 points apiece. Brown added a game-high 10 rebounds to make it a double-double. McLane, along with Rod Mills were honored following the contest on senior night.

Ohio shot 50-percent for the game and 44-percent from behind the arc, while Miami was 45-percent for the game and 31-percent from three. Ohio had 36 points in the paint compared to Miami’s 24, while the RedHawks had an 18-9 advantage in points off of turnovers.

Like so many other Battle of the Bricks, the contest was tight throughout, seeing 13 ties and 16 more lead changes.

Ohio opened the contest with an early 5-0 lead, but Miami answered with an 11-4 run, capped by a three pointer from Sibande.

The two teams exchanged buckets for most of the first half. Miami’s largest lead in the opening 20 minutes was 30-25 and 35-30. Ohio converted on a runner in the lane with 25 seconds left in the half to send the two teams to the locker room with Miami leading 35-32.

The tight game continued into the second half, neither team garnering more than a three point lead seven minutes into the second stanza. Brown’s steal and dunk with 12:16 to play put Miami up 51-48, but Ohio responded with an 11-0 run over the next three minutes to take its largest lead of the game, 59-51.Miami clawed back into the game on the back of Sibande. The freshman scored eight of Miami’s next 12 points as Ohio’s lead was just four at 67-63 with 3:11 to play.

The RedHawks would get no closer. The Bobcats used four straight free throws to extend its lead to 71-63 and finished the contest with a 75-66 victory.

Miami returns to action on Monday night in the first round of the Mid-American Conference Tournament. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Millett Hall. An opponent will be named once the conference bracket is announced.



Today’s Spring Training games for Major League Baseball

Saturday, March 3, 2018 All times ET


BAL @ PHI 1:05 PM
NYM @ MIA 1:05 PM
NYY @ BOS 1:05 PM
STL @ ATL 1:05 PM
TB @ DET 1:05 PM
WSH @ HOU 1:05 PM
PHI @ PIT 1:05 PM
MIN @ TOR 1:07 PM
ARI @ LAD 3:05 PM
CWS @ KC 3:05 PM
CIN @ CHC 3:05 PM
SD @ OAK 3:05 PM
SF @ CLE 3:05 PM
TEX @ SF 3:05 PM
MIL @ COL 3:10 PM
LAA @ SEA 8:40 PM