Sky Blue FC gains new minority partner, Houston Dash signs jersey sponsor

National Women’s Soccer League team Sky Blue FC has announced businessman and tech author Ed Nalbandian as a new minority owner.

Nalbandian joins majority owners Phil and Tammy Murphy (the Governor and First Lady of New Jersey), and minority owner Steven Temares in the investment group. Nalbandian has also been named the club’s vice chair, with Tammy Murphy appointed chair.

Nalbandian served as a successful chief executive of three information technology services companies and has held executive roles at IBM, AT&T, Cognizant, and Avaya.

Earlier this week, Sky Blue announced that its team will train at New York Red Bulls’ state-of-the-art practice facility in East Hanover, New Jersey, for the 2020 season.

The move further cements relationships between Sky Blue and the Major League Soccer team. Sky Blue is also playing its home matches at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, this campaign.

Meanwhile, the Houston Dash announced that the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will serve as the team’s official cancer center and jersey partner.

As part of the deal, the Dash will collaborate with MD Anderson through community events, stadium signage and public service announcements.

Sister club Houston Dynamo, of Major League Soccer, signed a similar partnership with MD Anderson in 2018.

“The opportunity to join forces with the Houston Dash provides us the chance to reach even more people in our local community as well as across the nation and all over the world,” said Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president, MD Anderson.

Elsewhere, Sports Illustrated has reported that out-of-market NWSL games are set to be made available on Amazon streaming platform Twitch, both domestically and internationally, in addition to a linear television deal with CBS.

The NWSL has also announced that its new commissioner is a woman and that she will be unveiled “in the coming weeks.”