The gay4soccer Opinion on the Partnership between Major League Soccer and the Boy Scouts of America (updated 1.20.12)

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  1. When this announcement came out last week, I couldn’t help thinking the same thing. Normally an MLS partnership announcement involving a huge organization would really bring a lot of excitement, but this one has been a dud.

    If the BSA were such a worthy partner, you would have seen the NFL scoop them up as a partner years ago.

  2. ajvsell says:

    Something just occurred to me – this should have been a reasonably big announcement. If MLS had wanted to do it “right”, they would have had Boy Scouts and troop leaders and players in uniform at a press conference at a warm-weather soccer stadium. The visuals of Brad Davis fist-bumping a kid with two dozen merit badges would have been great.

    But they didn’t. They buried it on a Sunday evening of a three-day holiday weekend. Almost none of the people we’ve spoken to about the announcement had heard about it or given it any thought.

    Perhaps this is a subconscious indication that someone at MLS thought this news was worth burying?

  3. Devin Brown says:

    Brad Davis prefers to do his fist-pumping with members of the armed forces as part of his “Brad’s Brigade” initiative. As luck would have it, it just so happens that the armed forces have made some (albeit limited) moves in the direction of sexual tolerance lately.

  4. Steve D says:

    The BSA isn’t actively promoting homophobia, it’s passively promoting it, which is stealthier and may be worse.

    MLS should drop any ties with BSA.

    If the BSA arbitrarily refused admittance to any racial group or any religious group like they do to gays and atheists, the MLS wouldn’t go near them.

  5. I think the MLS sees it for the kids; but if the homophobe issue comes up again, I am pretty sure that the deal could be sealed off.

    Scouts Canada doesn’t seem to have their knickers in a twist over the LGBT issue, though — I wouldn’t mind seeing them as a partner for the Canadian MLS teams (Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal).

  6. JerseyJ9 says:

    agreed

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