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NYCFC & New York Red Bulls floats in USWNT ticker tape parade

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A ticker tape parade through the streets of New York City to celebrate the U.S. Women’s National Team’s World Cup victory will feature floats from New York City FC and New York Red Bulls despite neither MLS team having any affiliation with the USWNT.

NASL club New York Cosmos were offered a spot on the parade but declined the offer in respect to the Women’s victory.

MLS is one of the sponsors of the parade, which is costing the city of New York up to $1.5 million to host. However, the inclusion of NYCFC and RBNY teams on floats is a poor decision. The impression is that the MLS teams are trying to piggyback off the success of the women’s team and are trying to steal away some of the limelight to focus on MLS instead of the national team.

The ticker-tape parade will be along the Canyon of Heroes, and will be the first parade in 30 years held for a team not based in New York City. This will also be the first parade held for a woman’s team in the Canyon. In the past, female athletes have been celebrated with a ticker-tape parade after winning Olympic medals.

The parade will be shown live on ESPN3. The broadcast will begin on Friday at 11 AM ET, and will feature a ceremony held in City Hall following the conclusion of the parade at 2pm ET.

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The decision to organize a ticker tape parade was fueled by a change.org petition from Manhattan borough president Gale Brewer calling for Mayor Bill de Blasio to hold a ticker-tape parade to honor the USWNT on their third World Cup trophy. The petition went viral and gained thousands of signatures, a clear indication that the city wants to help celebrate the women’s achievements in Canada.

Surprisingly, FOX Sports won’t be televising the event. Instead, fans not in New York City can watch the parade live at ESPN 3 or at http://es.pn/USWNTParade as well as on ESPN’s official app, WATCH ESPN.

 

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Jim

    July 10, 2015 at 12:48 am

    typical gender politics driven reaction….

    If no one sponsored the event the gripe would be “why isn’t MLS supporting the women. They have teams in NY! Typical men only thinking of themselves.”

    Since MLS is sponsoring the parade the gripe is that they are piggybacking on the success of women.

    Our culture is a joke.

    • Kei

      July 10, 2015 at 9:45 am

      “Since MLS is sponsoring the parade the gripe is that they are piggybacking on the success of women.”

      To be fair, that’s exactly what’s going on here.

      • Jim

        July 10, 2015 at 10:05 am

        Sure. That is the cynical way of looking at it as opposed to being glad they are sponsoring the event. Red Bull does have youth soccer programs for girls. NYCFC is also local. All sponsors could be accused of piggybacking but we generally see the importance of sponsorship.

        Now remember before the mostly false information about the MLS floats started going around the fact that the parade was not well sponsored was gaining traction. The “why don’t companies want to support these women” gripes. If the float issue did not take over it was only a matter of time before MLS would be thrown under the bus as the symbol of indifference of potential sponsors.

        This is the celebration of a World Champonship. A real one. I see no reason why all local teams in that sport should not participate. That the floats will also feature local women players and fans should satisfy even the gender police. It will be a great parade.

  2. Jason

    July 9, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Sky Blue FC and WNY Flash should be there. At least they are more relevant than MLS ever would be at this parade.

    • Jim

      July 10, 2015 at 1:06 am

      MLS is more relevant than any other sponsor of the event.

  3. DaveM

    July 9, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Fox Sports 1 announced they will be showing the parade live at 11:00 am EST.

  4. Jason

    July 9, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Come on folks stop being so offended and so PC. Its soccer. They should have floats. Great idea!

  5. Kei

    July 9, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    “He who loses his reputation, loses his shame.”

  6. Tom Moore

    July 9, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    What a pathetic attempt by a minor league organization to try and attach itself to a successful team. MLS and the New York teams have absolutely nothing to do with the women’s team and the World Cup. Let them have their moment.

    • Jim

      July 10, 2015 at 1:05 am

      Make sure to boo loudly when the Red Bull float goes by featuring young women and female special olympics athletes in their development program. They will get to meet their heros and participate in a wonderful event but they also must be scarred for life by the crowd of people who know Red Bull is only their to take away from women.

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