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Archive for February 2011

Programming Note

I’ll be broadcasting the Class 4A Division II basketball championships this morning on and KAZG-AM 1440. The girls’ game (at 10am MT, Noon ET) features defending state champion Chandler Seton Catholic against Thunderbird (you can see that game here) and the boys’ game (scheduled for Noon MT, 2pm ET) matches #1 seed Tucson Amphitheater… (read more)

Let’s Twist Again…

It was 15 years ago today – February 22, 1996 – that the Continental Indoor Soccer League announced an expansion franchise for Indianapolis, Indiana that eventually became known as the Twisters. I was fortunate enough to be the team’s radio announcer for the two summers that it played in the CISL, and am considering producing… (read more)

More Or Less Liveblogging The USSF Conference Call On NASL Sanctioning

The US Soccer Federation and North American Soccer League are holding a joint teleconference at 3pm ET to discuss USSF’s provisional sanctioning of the NASL as a Division II league for 2011. Follow the proceedings here. Keep in mind I’ll be listening, writing and (probably) snarking all at the same time, so I may not… (read more)

NASL Gets A Year To Get It Together

Inside Minnesota Soccer reports USSF narrowly approved a one-year provisional sanctioning for the new North American Soccer League as a Division II outfit for 2011, with a set of standards they’ll have to meet to be fully sanctioned for 2012. Details should be in an official announcement later today, but presumably the standards include “hire… (read more)

Letting The Air Out

This story in Durham’s Independent Weekly is a must-read if you’ve ever wondered what life is really like in the business of minor-league soccer. (Honestly, this paper and its Triangle Offense blog have done great work throughout this whole USL/NASL kerfuffle: actual, you know, reporting.) Almost anyone who’s ever worked in soccer in this country… (read more)

More Of The Glamorous Life

Ah, the life of a bigshot sports announcer. Analyst Chet Gole and I were fortunate enough to call a really good high school basketball game last night between Boulder Creek and Deer Valley on The surroundings were kind of spartan, but we were thrilled to have the opportunity and hopefully will get to do… (read more)