Pittsburgh Soccer http://wesa.fm en The Fort Pitt Regiment: An Attractive Brand of Soccer http://wesa.fm/post/fort-pitt-regiment-attractive-brand-soccer <p>The World Cup soccer tournament taking place in Brazil is really calling attention to the sport of soccer in the United States. Here in western Pennsylvania a new soccer team has just formed in the last year.</p><p><a href="http://www.npsl.info/teams/64214691/65998050-64214780/TEAM.html">The Fort Pitt Regiment</a> soccer team is the newest member of the <a href="http://www.npsl.info">Nation Premier Soccer League</a>. But not many Pittsburgh residents know anything about the league. Tim McCoy, Director of Business Operations and board member of the Regiment said this new team is not trying to compete with the <a href="http://www.riverhounds.com">Pittsburgh Riverhounds</a>.</p><p>“What we offer is an affordable evening out and in some ways I would equate it to the difference between the <a href="http://www.washingtonwildthings.com/landing/index">Washington Wild Things</a> and the Pittsburgh Pirates.”</p><p>With the current popularity of World Cup Soccer, the Regiment’s inaugural season was well timed. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:18:28 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31820 at http://wesa.fm The Fort Pitt Regiment: An Attractive Brand of Soccer The Business of Soccer http://wesa.fm/post/business-soccer <p>Arguably the biggest sporting event in the world is currently taking place down in Brazil. The World Cup draws big numbers of television viewers across the planet, making it a great opportunity for companies looking to get their brand in front of a global market. This week contributor Rebecca Harris looks at the business of soccer.</p><p>“It’s a widely viewed sport. It has a cumulative audience, in the 2006 figures that we looked at, 26 billion people watched it over a course of a month, with an estimated 715 million people watching the final match, which is 1/9 of the entire world’s population. When we talk about those numbers, automatically that translates into television advertising, sports apparel sponsorship, infrastructure building in the host country, think about what's been built in Brazil alone, it’s just remarkable. So this really is big business.” Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:04:17 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31488 at http://wesa.fm The Business of Soccer Pittsburgh Riverhounds, Stadium Owners Bankrupt http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-riverhounds-stadium-owners-bankrupt <p>The owners of Pittsburgh's minor league soccer team and the riverfront stadium in which they play have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.<br /><br />The Riverhounds Acquisition Group, L. P. owns the team and lists debts of between $1 million and $10 million in its petition. Riverhounds Event Center LP, which owns Highmark Stadium, has $7.2 million in mortgage debt, plus a $1.5 million bank loan and hundreds of thousands of dollars in other debts to smaller creditors.<br /> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 21:07:03 +0000 The Associated Press 26660 at http://wesa.fm Can the Steel City Be A Fútbol Town, Too? http://wesa.fm/post/can-steel-city-be-f-tbol-town-too <p>With their new stadium in Station Square, the <a href="http://www.riverhounds.com">Pittsburgh River Hounds</a> are hoping that professional soccer will finally score in the “City of Champions.” The club, founded in 1999, is a part of the USL Pro League and has not had a successful history in Pittsburgh.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus Bob Dvorchak explains that soccer has been unable to share in the popularity of the city’s other professional sports because it is the least established.&nbsp; Despite high numbers at Steelers, Penguins and Pirates games, Pittsburgh may not be big enough to sustain a fourth professional sport.</p><p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 19:19:14 +0000 Katherine Blackley 13546 at http://wesa.fm Can the Steel City Be A Fútbol Town, Too?