RSL Press Conference Thu. Jan 24 4 pm EST

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  1. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Something big enough to include Utah's governor, Salt Lake's mayor, and Commissioner Garber n addition to RSL owners Dave Checketts and Del Loy Hansen:

    REAL SALT LAKE PRESS CONFERENCE
    TODAY AT 2:00 pm MT


    SANDY, Utah (Thursday, January 24, 2013) – Real Salt Lake Founder Dave Checketts and Owner Dell Loy Hansen will be joined at Rio Tinto Stadium by Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan for a major announcement this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. MT.

    WHEN: TODAY at 2:00 p.m. MT / 4:00 p.m. ET
    WHAT: Major Announcement regarding Real Salt Lake / Major League Soccer
    WHO: Dave Checketts – Founder, Real Salt Lake
    Dell Loy Hansen – Owner, Real Salt Lake
    Don Garber – Commissioner, Major League Soccer
    Tom Dolan – Mayor, Sandy City
    Gary Herbert – Governor, State of Utah

    The event will be held at Rio Tinto Stadium, on the venue’s 2nd Floor Budweiser Club Real. Parking is available on the West Lot; please enter Stadium through the main double-glass doors at the West entrance.


  2. OleGunnar20

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    2013 MLS Cup?

    bring your longjohns
  3. Ismitje

    Ismitje Super Moderator Staff Member

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    RSL would have to win the SS - and the Western Conference playoffs - for that. :)
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    Looks like the couldn't get (or don't need) Salt Lake's mayor, but they're happy to have the Mayor of Sandy City.


  5. tab5g

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    Not technically.

    They'll just need to win the Western Conference playoffs and have more regular season points than (or own the tiebreaker vs) the team that wins the Eastern Conference playoffs.
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    out of curiousity, how far away is Rio Tinto from downtown Salt Lake City?
  7. OleGunnar20

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    oh. yeah. they don't do that anymore.

    well now i am stumped ... what on earth is so important that you'd have Don, Owner, Founder, Governor and Mayor?

    moving the team? new stadium?

    none of those seem likely.

    is this another MLS "major" announcement head fake?

    any RSL beat writers/journos have a scoop or inkling?
  8. tab5g

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    If you trust google maps,

    14.6 mi, 20 mins
    In current traffic: 24 mins
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    Gold Cup/MLS double-header? WCQ/MLS double-header?
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    That would bring in the Governor?
  11. tab5g

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    I'm guessing new stadium sponsorship.

    (Google maps doesn't include the words "Rio Tinto" but currently has the generic "Real Salt Lake Stadium.")

    If not that, then certainly the disclosure of who will be RSL's USL Pro affiliate team.
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    Hey, its Utah, what else do they have to get excited about in the sports world these days?
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    fair enough . . given the heavyweights at the announcement . . . I am sure we will be disappointed.
  14. Ismitje

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    All kinds of winter events at Park City. Also: the sport of bashing the poor morals of the filmmakers at Sundance.
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    But the X-Games are in Aspen... ;)
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    Everyone knows that "the X-games" proves ESPN hates soccer.
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    It's to announce that RSL is joining the Big East Conference.

    Duh
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  18. OleGunnar20

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    there is still a Big East conference?
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    This must be positive news if the politicians are looking for a photo op but I am completely stumped here.

    Did the city/state give money to have the stadium built? That is the only tie I can see to have the politicians there.
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    The Jazz beat the Wizards last night and BYU beat Virginia Tech a few weeks ago in basketball... You're right. Nothing.
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    Until June 30th at least. Beyond that who knows ;)
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    It better be more than the Joao Plata signing. I'll guess stadium naming rights plus a new player modeling the new uniforms.
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    There are probably only 3 players in the world that would bring out the politicians and Plata is not one of them :)

    It has to be related to the stadium some how. Although naming rights just does not seem important enough for the commissioner to be there.
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    I can see it now...

    "We have recently learned that climate change has unfortunately caused the salt to disperse from the great salt lake...however, we are proud to announce that some good will come of this in the form of the re-branding of Utah's favorite soccer team. Introducing, REAL REGULAR LAKE!"

    Yep.
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    To announce hiring of Lance Armstrong as the head trainer..:p

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