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-- variety -- -- headline that had sitcom star do you carry new media mogul Paul Allen Hollywood producer Joseph Roth.
And Microsoft teaming up on a new entertainment -- he would never -- soccer as a property for this trio to team up on.
But Alan broth can -- -- others have clean up thirty million dollars.
And Microsoft is seen as much as twenty million dollars sponsor to -- Seattle founders the Major League soccer expansion team.
That begins play in 2009.
At least we talked to producer director.
-- off and Major League soccer president mark avid about -- investments in soccer.
-- yeah I love soccer I played in college they post out here for fifteen years because my son who played in college and I just I love sports and thought that soccer at the time was right to make this investment.
You know you guys recently announced a partnership with Microsoft reportedly worth twenty million dollars I'm sure there is a great significance in terms of what that might mean for the team.
And -- teaming up with a company like Microsoft telling about that.
Well we're in Seattle and of course Microsoft's home is in Seattle it's 37000 employees there were from all over the world.
And it just seemed to me that as a sense as a symbol of the success of the team we wanted to be with the number one company we hope that with Xbox-360.
Detours -- them and we do clinics with a lot of employees don't become part of the fabric of the city.
You know mark I was saying -- -- before with a guy like kill us filmmaker from Hollywood is this sort of common what kind of investor is.
Has Major League soccer had tell me about some of the names have been involved in the leak well.
The strength of our ownership group has really been one of the bedrock so the weeks since its inception great industrials like -- -- -- Robert Kraft who Lamar Hunt before he passed away last year.
And then newer investors Joseph -- a great example that if someone who grew up with the sport played the sport coach -- sport.
And when it was time to get involved in professional sports so soccer -- we really benefit from the business experience that all of our investors have had.
You know I understand that in Seattle founders is the fifteen team in the group and there's as going to be sixteen -- to working on number seventeen and eighteen what's the success going on we you know.
It is it in part David Beckham in the LA galaxy or is this just really taken -- in the United States.
It's a number of factors certainly the improvement in the number of players that we have from abroad players like David Beckham some of the great young players we have from America like Landon Donovan.
Is fueling a lot of the growth.
But it's also just to changes that are taking place in this country.
Whether it's people coming from other countries were soccer's a dominant sport.
Where the growth of kids who've grown up with the sport now in their thirties and forties but it's all those factors coming together that I think are driving interest at this point.
You know -- I have to turn into you there's all those rumblings about those -- Supersonics and what may happen to the team if in fact they lead Seattle.
Does that create more opportunity for you I understand -- season coming up he got 171000 tickets and they're already sold out.
Yeah we expect there will be sold out the whole first season we played Qwest Field with a lower bowl holds 27000.
And -- 171000 season tickets sold already we don't have a coach or team so.
I hope that's the good news and I think that.
You'll find it Seattle's a great sports town they have a football team does well of baseball and as well I have a best -- -- was there for.
3540 years but it appears that -- -- so again it leaves an opening.
You know -- I was asked about his mark you know we were -- -- television deals -- little while ago.
I you've made a deal with it -- of the fox soccer channel partners parent network here UHD net and World Cup rights for ABC ES PM through 2014.
You know one of the television deals like typically the regional deals -- he'd create that ground -- by getting the word out there.
So we have two types of deals you mentioned we also have -- with the tour -- -- the national Spanish language network in the United States.
About a third of our -- -- national.
The -- -- on local television and every game is on local television.
Usually two regional sports network here in the war one Madison Square Garden.
-- in Los Angeles when fox regional sports network out there in Seattle such -- tremendously strong television market that we think have a very strong.
Television presence out there local team.
-- right -- -- let me turn back to you you know you're in the business of making movies as well and as I understand it you know you're running revolution film companies they have to tell me have -- projects in the works.
Well sure we go -- -- about six -- seven projects in the works I think.
Highest profile one is I'm producing Alice in Wonderland in 3-D for the Walt Disney studios.
And Tim Burton is good news director and looking forward to having Johnny Depp -- mad hatter.
We start filling that in October in in London and -- come out march 15 2010.
How exciting right until -- lot best of luck with -- new team.
And mark Abbott thanks so much for joining us and telling us more about the great success and continued success with you thank you.
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