March 10, 2006

MetroStars no longer.: Major League Soccer has announced a 50% buyout of the MetroStars by sugar peddlers energy-drink monstrosity Red Bull. Effective immediately, there will be a new logo, team kit, and colors. Oh, they'll also now be called Red Bull New York. Here's an interview with RBNY (rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?) GM Alexi Lalas. Sports Network Soccer Editor Josh Simeone has some interesting thoughts on the transaction.

posted by Ufez Jones to soccer at 06:30 PM - 12 comments

Someone's hijacked Ufez's computer, user name and password! I know he didn't just create a duplicate FPP.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:18 PM on March 10

this is terrible for sports. Business's shouldn't be buying sports teams and naming them after their products. What's next? The Trojan Condoms?

posted by nort_12345 at 07:19 PM on March 10

What's next? The Trojan Condoms? Hmmmm. Do you want a sports team name that gives you wings or a chance of protection against disease, unwanted pregnancy and decreased sensitivity? That's a tough one.

posted by Texan_lost_in_NY at 07:23 PM on March 10

Me thinks Alexi has been drinking the Red Bull Kool Aid.

posted by chuck'n'duck at 07:40 PM on March 10

By the way how much money does this Deiter Mateschitz have? He owns two Formula 1 teams, sponsors a whole bunch of other motorsport teams. Plus all of the other things they sponsor or run. How much Red Bull can they sell?

posted by chuck'n'duck at 07:46 PM on March 10

Deitrich Mateschitz net worth: $1.4 billion (2004)

posted by worldcup2002 at 09:29 PM on March 10

I was pretty PO'd about it at first. Then, I found out they were going to be referred to as the New York Red Bulls when playing instead of "Red Bull New York." (This is just the club name). I don't love the fact about companies naming teams after the company name, but as long as this doesn't become common place in the MLS, I don't have problem with it.

posted by garnet&blackattack at 09:33 PM on March 10

It's better than Nippon Ham Fighters.

posted by Sailor at 09:43 PM on March 10

I haven't been an MLS fan, so I'm not attached to the MetroStars name. I like Red Bull New York as long as the financing is there to keep the name for decades, and the company doesn't change it every few years as it rebrands the company and its products.

posted by rcade at 05:39 AM on March 11

Someone's hijacked Ufez's computer, user name and password! I know he didn't just create a duplicate FPP. Fuck a duck. This is what I get for not scrolling down far enough (and working an 80 hour week). Massive apologies. What's next? The Trojan Condoms? For what it's worth, my high school mascot was the Trojans. Rival teams tried to taunt us by throwing condoms our way. We thanked them.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:52 AM on March 11

We thanked them. If, by "thanking them," you mean that you informed them you were going to use the condoms on their cheerleaders, then bully for you. If not, well, that's a damn shame, 'cause that would've put those bastards in their place, but good.

posted by The_Black_Hand at 12:27 PM on March 11

As the make of the previous FPP, I forgive Ufez since my college nickname is also Trojans and, well, he does live in Texas.

posted by billsaysthis at 01:04 PM on March 11

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