Seattle Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer talks about the business issues involved in loaning players to various national teams in-season and why soccer seems to handle it better than other sports like Major League Baseball.
Seattle Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer chats about why soccer teams worldwide are less hesitant to loan players to national teams in-season than other sports like MLB with the World Baseball Classic and the NHL with the Winter Olympics. Also, Seattle Thunderbirds GM Russ Farwell discusses the blossoming rivalry between his WHL team and the Everett Silvertips and what it means for the business of major junior hockey in the region.
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3. NBA commissioner Adam Silver warns of crackdown on teams sitting star players for rest
4. NFL competition committee to recommend making officiating crews full-time league employees
5. Seattle Reign FC hires Avanade tech solutions company as presenting partner of its Legends campaign
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