September 21, 2008

"Now that you, the American taxpayer, more or less own insurance giant AIG, : it turns out that you, the American taxpayer, are also the principal sponsor of Manchester United, thanks to a four-year, $100 million sponsorship deal signed in 2006. So this got me curious: how is our soccer football team doing?"

posted by mr_crash_davis to soccer at 01:01 AM - 17 comments

Sorry, "SOCCER" was supposed to have a strikeout tag through it. Damned if I can figure out what's what since the format change.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 01:03 AM on September 21, 2008

I call "dibs" on the owner's suite!

posted by dviking at 01:28 AM on September 21, 2008

While on the subject of shirt sponsors, I read today that UEFA have banned French club Nantes from having 'Say No To Racism' on the front of their shirts.

The reason? Only paid sponsorship is allowed. I assume Barcelona have worked out how to get around this with UNICEF. And so much for UEFA's lukewarm commitment to getting rid of racism.

posted by owlhouse at 05:07 AM on September 21, 2008

Will they play the "Star Spangled Banner" before games?

posted by Newbie Walker at 06:04 AM on September 21, 2008

I would like to sell my portion of the shares. Any takers?

posted by FonGu at 07:02 AM on September 21, 2008

It's not my soccer (or football) team.

posted by tommybiden at 10:52 AM on September 21, 2008

I'm sure someone will let you buy their share.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 12:34 PM on September 21, 2008

I'd like to volunteer to host the first riot. Now, does anyone know a good caterer?

posted by budman13 at 01:05 PM on September 21, 2008

I just sold our goalie for a case of Bud. We didn't need him, did we?

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:19 PM on September 21, 2008

I move we lobby Congress to buy the Liverpool shirt sponsorship!!!

posted by billsaysthis at 04:51 PM on September 21, 2008

gee as a taxpayer and an insuree (they took over my insurance without even a please) does that mean I get double the shares?

posted by Monica Poland at 05:57 PM on September 21, 2008

As a Liverpool fan, and part-owner of Man Utd's main sponsor, if is part of my fiduciary responsibility to recommend that ManU's sponsorship be cancelled.

So as to ensure AIG's financial health, of course.

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:31 PM on September 21, 2008

Unrelated: ManU's season keeps going from bad to worse, dunnit?

What's that I hear? ManU for the drop?

posted by worldcup2002 at 06:32 PM on September 21, 2008

Is it time for a government bailout?

posted by budman13 at 08:39 PM on September 21, 2008

Aw, hell Fongu, I'll buy 'em. What's another couple of bucks on top of $900 billion? You take credit cards, I hope.

posted by BoKnows at 09:09 PM on September 21, 2008

BoKnows, I'll take your credit card. How about Washington Mutual? I hear they're a stable company...

posted by FonGu at 05:06 AM on September 22, 2008

In March, you're going to get Man Utd (sponsor: AIG, owned by US govt) visiting Newcastle Utd (sponsor: Northern Rock, owned by British govt).

On Saturday, it was Newcastle playing West Ham, whose sponsor went tits-up at the start of the month, requiring the shirt logo to be replaced with an iron-on patch of the squad number.

posted by etagloh at 02:31 PM on September 22, 2008

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