Real Salt Lake: Contract of RSL president Bill Manning expires Tuesday
“I don’t want to get into details,” Manning added. “What I’m telling you is it’s all good. I’m going to be here, I have a great relationship with Dell Loy, but I don’t want to get into any specifics. ” Hansen declined comment regarding Manning’s contract. In his eighth year as RSL president, Manning has been named Major League Soccer’s Executive of the Year in two of the past three years (2012 and 2014). The honor, dubbed the Doug Hamilton Award, was presented to recognize RSL’s “continued competitive excellence and outstanding metrics in key business areas. ” RSL’s season-ticket numbers are approaching 15,500, over three times the number the club had when it moved into Rio Tinto Stadium in 2008.
Under Manning, annual sponsorship revenue has ballooned from million to nearly million. Manning was hired by former owner Dave Checketts in April 2008 after serving as vice president of sales for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles from 2004 to 2008. Manning becomes the latest RSL cornerstone to enter the final year of an extension from the Checketts era without a new deal in place. Kreis’ three-year extension penned in 2011 eventually expired, leaving the RSL original to leave for expansion franchise New York City FC in Dec. 2013.
Lagerwey’s four-year extension Ббsigned in 2010 Ббexpired on Dec. 31, 2014, but his departure to become general manager and president of soccer with the Seattle Sounders was a deal already in place before his contract expired. With Manning’s deal expired Tuesday at midnight, the future of another crucial cog at RSL remains uncertain. “All is good,” Manning reiterated.