St. Louis business leaders form group to explore MLS team

A group of business and sports leaders are working together to bring a Major League Soccer team to St. Louis.

The group includes:

  • St. Louis Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III
  • St. Louis Blues CEO Chris Zimmerman
  • Bryan Cave partner Rob Ebert
  • World Wide Technology co-founder and CEO Jim Kavanaugh
  • Vicky Lynch, of Lynch Sports and Events
  • Lodging Hospitality Management CEO Bob O’Laughlin
  • Former Anheuser-Busch CEO and St. Louis NFL stadium proponent Dave Peacock
  • UniGroup President Jim Powers
  • FleishmanHillard partner Jim Woodcock

The group is privately-funded and will work closely with staff and select members of the St. Louis Sports Commission to conduct baseline market assessments for a potential team owner or owners, including the exploration of stadium sites, funding options and overall viability of the St. Louis region as a home for an MLS expansion franchise.

Plans for bringing a MLS team to St. Louis started to pick up steam after NFL owners voted in January to let the Rams move to Los Angeles.

Read more: St. Louis Business Journal, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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