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Football preview: Wisconsin can expect win against FAU for second home game

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first_imgWith less than 16 years of football experience under their belt, the Florida Atlantic football team comes to Madison to take on the University of Wisconsin football team.These two teams have not met before during the regular season, and this will be the second non-conference game that the Badgers will play this fall.FAU FAU is a newcomer to big-time football, with only two bowl games under their belt and one Conference USA title under their belt. The team, who has only been around for 16 seasons, have been struggling recently, leading to the firing of head coach Charlie Patridge.It has been almost seven years since the Owls have seen either a bowl game or a conference championship game. Their most recent season ended in a 3-9 record, which was the same record that they held for 2014 and 2015.Football preview: What to expect from the Badgers this seasonThe University of Wisconsin football team enters the 2017 season with high expectations and hopes of replicating, or even exceeding, Read…The Owls are also currently struggling to find a starting quarterback. Currently, there are three players competing for the starting quarterback role, and none seem to be a real standout during summer practices.With a small class of seniors taking leadership over very few roles, it is uncertain whether or not FAU will be able to compete with a Big Ten team like Wisconsin.WisconsinThe Badgers are entering their second home non-conference game this season. After a match-up With Utah State University, the Badgers welcome the challenge that FAU brings.The Badgers enter this season with a confirmed starting quarterback in Alex Hornibrook, along with a veteran roster full of talented players ready to keep building on the Wisconsin legacy. The Badgers have also hired a new defensive coordinator in Jim Leonhard, who is a former NFL safety.How Jim Leonhard’s NFL experience will help out Wisconsin’s defenseThe University of Wisconsin football defense is relishing in an amazing opportunity to learn from former NFL safety Jim Leonhard. Read…On the down side, Wisconsin entered the season down one key player. The injury of Jack Cichy leaves the team with one less veteran and one less leader, which will shake up the inside linebacker position.UW, who was one of the best defensive teams last year, needs to maintain their defensive standards, even with key players injured. The beginning of this season hosts some of the easiest game that the Badgers will see all year, so struggling now does not bode well for the future.Larson’s Prediction: Wisconsin wins (insert game prediction)FAU won’t be a tough competitor. Their lack of experience combined with their inexperienced roster will not stand up against the strength of the Badgers. This is a particularly cruel match-up for this Conference USA team, but it is a good learning opportunity for them down the road.last_img read more

Volkswagen ends D.C. United jersey sponsorship

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first_imgD.C. United’s jersey will have a new look next season after Volkswagen declined to exercise an option to remain as the MLS club’s primary sponsor, a multimillion-dollar deal in place for six years. The iconic VW logo featured prominently on United’s shirts and across various levels of team branding since 2008.“Volkswagen has realigned its strategic sports marketing objectives and moved out of team level sponsorships,” Scott Vazin, vice president of brand communications, told the Insider on Tuesday. “Volkswagen continues to work closely with D.C. United to explore alternative levels of involvement with the team.”United officials say the sides will likely maintain a business relationship on a smaller scale next season, with Volkswagen continuing to serve as the club’s automobile sponsor. The German company’s U.S. headquarters are located in Fairfax County, Virginia.Meantime, United is “getting close” to reaching a deal with a new primary sponsor, saidMike Schoenbrun, vice president for business development and partnerships. He said the club is engaged in talks with six companies, all based in the United States but with global operations. He declined to name the candidates.Will a new logo adorn the jersey next season?“2014 is the goal,” Schoenbrun said. “We’re on a good path.” In 2008, United signed a five-year contract with Volkswagen valued at $14 million, which, at the time, was the second-most lucrative in MLS behind the Los Angeles Galaxy’s pact with Herbalife.The sides extended the deal for 2013 under undisclosed terms, with VW holding an option for ’14.The agreement also allowed VW to place vehicles behind RFK Stadium’s north goal during weekend matches as part of an interactive fan experience known as the “VW Garage.” Cars were also on display outside stadium entrances and a fleet of vehicles were utilized by the organization. United will probably discontinue the “VW Garage,” Schoenbrun said, but the company will continue to have a game-day presence around the venue.According to one person familiar with the talks, United set a higher price for long-term jersey sponsorship. The move comes amid MLS’s continuing expansion and the prospects of a new stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. In the end, the source said, United will keep VW at a small level for the time being and gain a new primary partner for multiple years.Changes in jersey sponsors are not uncommon. Manchester United, for example, has had four in the past 30 years — Sharp, Vodafone, AIG and Aon. Starting next season, the Reds will don Chevrolet’s logo. Volkswagen was United’s first revenue-generating shirt sponsor. (In past seasons, the jersey featured small logos of league partners.)VW’s sponsorship deal with MLS, which also began in 2008, runs through next season. MLS’s previous automobile pact was with Honda.last_img read more