Bill Peterson Named Commissioner of the North American Soccer League

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north american soccer league Bill Peterson Named Commissioner of the North American Soccer League
Veteran sports executive to lead expanding NASL into its third season

MIAMI, Fla. (November 27, 2012) – The resurgent North American Soccer League (NASL) will kick off its third season in the spring of 2013 with a new Commissioner at the helm. Veteran sports executive Bill Peterson will lead the expanding nine-team NASL into a new era of soccer, while establishing the league on the sporting landscape.

Peterson, who will assume his role immediately, is no stranger to North American soccer having worked closely with MLS teams when he was the Senior Vice President of AEG Sports and Managing Director of the Home Depot Center from 2000 to 2006. Peterson helped oversee the management of numerous MLS teams and the development of soccer-specific stadiums across the country.

“We conducted a global search and an intense interview process to ensure we selected the right Commissioner for the NASL as we enter this next important growth phase for our league,” commented Chairman of the NASL Board of Governors Aaron Davidson.

“Bill’s diverse breadth of management experience in the US and abroad at governing bodies, leagues, teams, stadia and one of the leading hospitality companies gives him the ability to lead by example and align everyone’s interests in order to achieve our individual and collective goals. With Commissioner Peterson, we look forward to accelerating the positive financial results of our existing teams and continuing to usher in new teams in strategic markets with owners who embrace our vision and have the wherewithal to succeed at the highest possible level.”

Peterson said: “There is an opportunity here to cement the NASL as a league that can thrive and expand while providing compelling soccer for the game’s fans.

“The roots of the NASL triggered a soccer explosion in North American in the 1970s and I am delighted to be leading this new chapter as we take the league and its teams forward into an exciting future.”

As Peterson becomes the league’s next Commissioner, one of the iconic teams of the early days of the NASL, the New York Cosmos, will return to the league in 2013 and future expansion teams have been announced for Virginia and the Canadian capital Ottawa. The league is poised to announce season-openers for the 2013 season when the Tampa Bay Rowdies will defend the NASL title having dramatically defeated Minnesota Stars FC on penalty kicks to lift the 2012 championship.

Most recently Peterson provided advisory and event services to a variety of clients in Canada and the United States through his own firm Solve4. Peterson is the Chairman of the USA Cycling Board of Directors and a member of the USPRO Cycling Board of Trustees and served briefly as COO of the UFL. He was the Executive Vice President of Centerplate, the North American market leader for managing food and beverage, retail, restaurant, and events in sports facilities, convention centers, and entertainment complexes. He spent six years working with a variety of teams, facilities and sporting events while Senior Vice President at AEG in Los Angeles. Peterson spent almost a decade working for the National Football League where he became the President of NFL Europe having been the General Manager of the league’s Amsterdam Admirals.

Tickets are available for all NASL teams at www.NASL.com and fans can follow the NASL on Twitter @NASLOfficial and Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.

About The North American Soccer League:
The North American Soccer League℠ is recognized as the second tier of professional soccer in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The NASL member teams are: Atlanta Silverbacks, Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, New York Cosmos, Minnesota Stars FC, Puerto Rico Islanders, San Antonio Scorpions FC and the 2012 champion Tampa Bay Rowdies. Ottawa (Ontario) and Loudon County (Virginia) will begin play in 2014. For more information about the NASL, visit www.NASL.com. Follow the NASL on Twitter @NASLOfficial and Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/NASL.fans.

CONCACAF Awards Gold Cup and Champions League Commercial Partnership Rights to Traffic Sports

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traffic CONCACAF Awards Gold Cup and Champions League Commercial Partnership Rights to Traffic Sports
Miami Based Agency to Leverage over 30-Years of Experience with CONCACAF and CONMEBOL Tournaments

NEW YORK (Tuesday, November 27, 2012) – Following a global RFP process and the approval of its Executive Committee, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) announced today that it has accepted a bid from Traffic Sports for the commercial partnership rights to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the 2013/14 and 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League tournaments.

The multi-year agreement was reached after due process from the CONCACAF Evaluation Committee assigned to this bid, comprised of Mr. Pedro Chaluja, Panamanian Football Federation President, Mr. Dan Flynn, General Secretary of the United States Soccer Federation and Mr. Canover Watson, Treasurer of the Cayman Islands Football Association, who evaluated all bids submitted.

“The strategic alliance with Traffic is the result of a long assessment process that showcases the vast and growing interest in the market for our Confederation properties and tournaments,” said CONCACAF President, Jeffrey Webb. “The number and quality of interested parties are also a true testament to all of our Member Associations’ efforts to elevate the game in our region.”

The agreement includes commercial partnership rights for the 2013 Gold Cup, CONCACAF’s biennial championship for national teams that continues to grow in popularity with fans worldwide, and also for the 2013/14 and 2014/15 editions of the CONCACAF Champions League, the regional club team competition.

Under terms of the deal, Traffic Sports acquires the right to package and market these CONCACAF properties globally with assets that include field of play branding, use of tournament marks, and hospitality, among others.

“We are honored to have been selected by CONCACAF to represent these prestigious competitions,” said Aaron Davidson, President of Traffic Sports USA. “Our company has been investing in soccer in the Americas for 32 years including being the commercial agency for CONCACAF from 1991 – 2003 and holding media and sponsorship rights to the majority of the CONCACAF Member Associations until today. These are exciting times for football in the CONCACAF region and we look forward to globalizing Gold Cup and Champions League as we have done with Copa America, Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana over the years.”

About CONCACAF
CONCACAF “The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football” is one of six continental confederations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and serves as the governing body of football in this part of the world. It is composed of 40 national associations, from Canada in the north to Guyana, Surinam and French Guyana in the south.

About Traffic Sports
Traffic Sports is one of the leading sports event and management companies in the world with its primary focus being soccer. Traffic Sports was founded in São Paulo, Brazil 32 years ago and continues to be headquartered there. Traffic has regional offices in Miami (Traffic Sports USA) and Lisbon, Portugal. Over the past three decades, Traffic has organized and/or commercialized most of the official international soccer events in the Americas including for example: Copa America (since 1987), Copa Libertadores, Copa Sudamericana, Gold Cup (1991 – 2003), Champions Cup (1991- 2003), CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying, CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying and the FIFA Club World Championship 2000. In 2005 Traffic established its team, academy and player division which currently includes the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Atlanta Silverbacks and Carolina RailHawks (Members of the North American Soccer League – NASL), Desportivo Brasil (Team and Academy located in the state of São Paulo, Brazil; Affiliated with Manchester United) and Estoril (Team is located in Portugal and currently plays in “Liga Vitalis”). Traffic Sports is part of the Traffic Group, a sports and entertainment group of companies including Rede Globo affiliates in Brazil, a network of newspapers in Brazil (Bom Dia), a television production facility (TV7), a stadium management company (Traffic Arenas), a digital solutions company (M Traffic) and a music event company (Plan Music). For more information, visit www.trafficsports.com.

Strikers Extend Lockhart Stadium Deal Through 2013

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Dec. 19, 2012) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will continue to play at Lockhart Stadium throughout 2013 after an agreement was unanimously approved by the Fort Lauderdale City Commission last night. The deal, also approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, allows the Strikers operational control of the stadium until the end of next year.

“We would like to express our appreciation to the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Commission and staff, along with the FAA, for working with us to ensure a timely resolution of our Lockhart Stadium license agreement,” said Strikers managing director Tim Robbie. “We are looking forward to our first full year as historic Lockhart Stadium’s operating entity, and to another successful season for the Strikers.”

Robbie is leading Fort Lauderdale’s effort to pursue a permanent home at a significantly renovated Lockhart Stadium or at a new soccer-specific stadium in South Florida.

The Strikers will play 15 home games during the NASL regular season at Lockhart Stadium next year, as well as hosting at least one match in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Season tickets for the 2013 Fort Lauderdale Strikers are now on sale. Contact the Strikers ticket office by calling (954) 606-0400 or by going to www.strikers.com. Follow the Strikers on Facebook and twitter @FTLStrikers.

ABOUT THE FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, South Florida’s only professional men’s soccer team, will begin their eighth season in 2013. The Strikers have been a part of the North American Soccer League [NASL] since the 2011 season. The team is owned by Traffic Sports USA, the North American subsidiary of The Traffic Group, the leading soccer event management company in the Americas, with headquarters in Brazil, and offices in the U.S. and Europe. The organization is committed to the advancement of soccer in South Florida at the youth, amateur and professional levels. More information on the team can be found at http://www.strikers.com.

Strikers Agree to Extension with Forward Aly Alberto Hassan

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alyhassan signing1 Strikers Agree to Extension with Forward Aly Alberto Hassan
Hassan finished 2012 with eight goals in all competitions for Fort Lauderdale


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Dec. 20, 2012) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers and forward Aly Alberto Hassan have agreed to a contract extension through the 2014 season, the team announced today. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Hassan, 23, completed his first professional season in 2012. He finished with six goals in league plays and added two during the U.S. Open Cup. Hassan made 20 appearances for the Strikers with 13 starts. His first goal came in the same game as his first hat trick as Hassan scored three times against the Puerto Rico Islanders in a 3-2 Strikers’ victory at Lockhart Stadium on April 25, 2012.

“Aly is a young forward who we feel with another year under of experience under his belt will be a big contributor to our team,” said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. “We are excited to have him under contract for 2013 and look forward to a Aly having a successful season.”

Hassan grew up in South Florida, attending Cypress Bay High School and Nova Southeastern University where he played four seasons. He scored 36 goals in his career at NSU, which ranks him fifth in school history. He received several honors at NSU including being named a unanimous All-Region selection by the NSCAA and Daktronics, Inc. and All-Sunshine State Conference First-Team honors.

Season tickets for the 2013 Fort Lauderdale Strikers are now on sale. Contact the Strikers ticket office by calling (954) 606-0400 or by going to www.strikers.com. Follow the Strikers on Facebook and twitter @FTLStrikers.

ABOUT THE FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers, South Florida’s only professional men’s soccer team, will begin their eighth season in 2013. The Strikers have been a part of the North American Soccer League [NASL] since the 2011 season. The team is owned by Traffic Sports USA, the North American subsidiary of The Traffic Group, the leading soccer event management company in the Americas, with headquarters in Brazil, and offices in the U.S. and Europe. The organization is committed to the advancement of soccer in South Florida at the youth, amateur and professional levels. The Strikers are pursuing a permanent home at a significantly renovated Lockhart Stadium, their current home, or at a new soccer-specific stadium in South Florida. More information on the team can be found at http://www.strikers.com.

Thanks for the “Mammories”!

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thanks mammories Thanks for the Mammories! Hi there,

We just wanted to take the time to personally thank you again for your participation during our 6th Annual Karting for the Kure! We truly appreciate everyone’s hard work and dedication to a cause that has affected so many in our lives.

Because of you…and your support…we are happy to report that we will be writing a much larger check this year to Memorial Breast Cancer Center!! We are continuing our fundraising efforts as we will be selling commemorative shirts, pink ribbons, Fiat tickets and more for the entire month of October and will be sure to update you with a total at the end. Our goal was to make this year bigger than years’ past and we have already done that – it can only get better!

Some highlights of the day included an impressive car show with 70+ unique vehicles on display… delicious boobie cupcakes, ice cream treats and tacos… gorgeous pin up models posing with our go kart… awesome photo opportunities… a special appearance by Dr. Carmen Calfa and her family… super bright pink hair extensions… a surprise visit from our Sheriff, Al Lamberti… a survivor lap race that was featured on the front page of the local section in the Sun-Sentinel… volunteer face painting… a wacky photo booth… 10 teams in our Endurance Lap race… great music… big raffle prizes… beautiful unique custom trophies and so many wonderful experiences for everyone that attended.

We are keeping the event online and will be posting pictures soon on facebook and our website. A special thanks to Sidney from NLPG Images for making sure to be “everywhere” and capturing so many great moments. He was with us all day long…even after the endurance race awards and buffet! And in keeping with our usual, somewhat risqué and definitely tacky salutations, we at Xtreme just want to say “Thanks for the Mammories”!

We look forward to working with you all again next year…

Sincerely,

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