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Don Garber will be visiting Ottawa next week


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this just came across my inbox:

January 22,

2009 Media Advisory: MLS Commissioner and President Visit Ottawa

Media availability on Tuesday, Jan. 27 OTTAWA, ONTARIO

Major League Soccer (MLS) commissioner Don Garber and president Mark Abbott will stop in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 26, and Tuesday, Jan. 27, as part of their mandate to visit cities bidding for one of two new franchises for the 2011 season.

In addition to attending a variety of meetings, Garber and Abbott will join Senators Sports Entertainment owner Eugene Melnyk and COO Cyril Leeder for a media availability on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 12:30 p.m. at Scotiabank Place's Club Red restaurant.

Gerry Dobson, host of Soccercentral on Rogers Sportsnet and Setanta Sports Canada, will serve as MC for the media availability and town hall discussion.

The format will be as follows:

12:30 p.m.: Welcome from Gerry Dobson and introduction of panellists

12:33 p.m.: Eugene Melnyk highlights Ottawa's progress

12:35 p.m.: Don Garber provides update on MLS bid process

12:40 p.m.: Question and answer period for the media

1 p.m.: Lunch is served

1:30 p.m.: Town hall forum with media and soccer community

Media availability with Eugene Melnyk regarding the Ottawa Senators: The hockey club's owner will be available to the media on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 10:30 a.m. before the team's 11 a.m. practice at the Kanata Recreation Complex. Melnyk will discuss business and fan initiatives that the Senators will undertake over the balance of the 2008-09 season and next year.


Dan Courtemanche, MLS, 212-xxx-xxxx

Phil Legault, Senators Sports Entertainment, 613-xxx-xxxx

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