Levien has promised Leidos pride of place as the MLS club’s primary sponsor, with the company’s logo featuring prominently on the DC’s player’s jerseys.
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Jason Levien, co-owner of Major League Soccer club D.C. United , has announced a sponsorship deal that will begin from the start of the season with Leidos, a major Reston, Virginia based Corporation specializing in the provision of scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services. Leidos, who were previously known as the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), employ more than 6, 000 people in the Washington DC area and generate a multi-billion-dollar turnover.
Although terms of their sponsorship deal were not disclosed, a spokesperson for Leidos was prepared to admit that the sponsorship agreement will run between three to five years. According to informal socialists, Jason Levien is reported to be pretty pleased with the new arrangement which is, at worst, comparable to United’s previous sponsorship contract with Volkswagen, which ran for six years and expired at the end of 2013. Volkswagen reportedly paid United $2.8 million for the first five years of the agreement, later agreeing a lower sponsorship deal for last season.
Announcing the sponsorship deal in a written statement Jason Levien expressed how extremely excited the club were for the opportunity to partner with such an innovative company that recognizes the value of our sport and our brand, both here and around the world.
In response to Levien’s statement John Jumper, Leidos CEO welcomed Leviene’s remarks and added that the company is certain that this sponsorship arrangement will help enable Leidos to enjoy exposure not only locally within the Washington DC area, but also throughout the United States as well as internationally with the popularity of Soccer as an international sport growing over time.
Aside from the company’s name and logo featuring prominently on the DC United’s players’ jerseys, advertising placards will spread out throughout the RFK Stadium as well as appearing on all of the team’s marketing and media properties.
The new seasons jersey adorned with its new new logo is scheduled to go on sale at the United team store within the RFK Stadium on March the 8th, which is the opening day of the next season when United will come up against the Columbus Crew. DC United followers who have already purchased a new team jersey in the last month simply have to arrive with it to the club store and they can have the Leidos logo added free of charge.
Jason Levien is a qualified attorney of law as well as being an adjunct professor at UC Berkeley Law School, where he specializes in teaching sports law
Apart from his legal interests, Levien is also extremely active as a sports agent, representing sports professionals who feature in the NBA and NFL leagues as well as a number of other sports. Not only in the United States, but also across the globe.
As well as being co-owner of D.C. United, Jason was also recently appointed the CEO of the Memphis Grizzlies who are members of the National Basketball Association. Joining the club Levein teamed up with Robert Pera’s ownership group which include major investors such as include Justin Timberlake, Peyton and Ashley Manning and Harold Ford Junior.
Jason Levien carries the distinction of having negotiated the largest contract in the history of the Chicago Bulls’ organization, a $80 million, 6-year agreement for his client, Luol Deng which was signed on July 2008. Other multi-million deals that Levien has negotiated on behalf of his clients include a $55 million contract deal between the Sacramento Kings and their player Kevin Martin as well as a $33 million deal with the Miami Heat on behalf of Udonis Haslem, which was signed in 2005.
Levien also represents both Omri Casspi and Yotam Halperin, two of the first Israeli players to feature in the NBA.