I wrote a few weeks ago that the idea of a hiatus for Chivas USA was the best possible solution to Major League Soccer’s biggest problem. But a good idea requires proper execution. At the time, little was known about the plan, including, importantly, the identities of the new ownership group that will be responsible for bringing LA2 back to life.
Yesterday on Fox Sports’ Champions League pre-match show, Grant Wahl ended the mystery in revealing the owners who will spend more than $100 million to buy the second MLS franchise in Los Angeles. Wahl provided four names: Henry Nguyen, Peter Guber, Tom Penn, and, most notably, a certain Vincent Tan. You may know him as the infamous owner of Cardiff City.
If you watched the LA Galaxy-New York Red Bulls game Sunday night on ESPN2, you may have been caught off-guard during halftime by the familiar sounds of the Champions League anthem. ESPN, as you surely know, hasn’t shown the Champions League since John Terry’s famous missed penalty against Manchester United in the 2009 final. And yet, there was the anthem, silently accompanied by the news that Atletico Madrid’s match against Juventus will be on ESPN2 this Wednesday.
As it turns out, when ESPN sublicensed the Champions League from Fox to show games on ESPN3.com, they also nabbed the ability to show certain games on television. This is good news, because it means more soccer on your TVs. But I got to wondering: wouldn’t Fox want to keep a game featuring the reigning champions of both Spain and Italy?