Major League Soccer is not the Premier League, as countless EuroSnobs will remind you on any given Saturday. But one way in which the two leagues are dissimilar is that the latter maintains a vigilant watch to ensure recent YouTube videos of Bee Pee El matches don’t survive beyond 48 hours. The former tends to be thankful of any and all YouTube exposure it receives, which is a good business strategy.
That’s what makes the removal of video of Colin Clark using a gay slur against a ball-boy under a rights claim suspicious. While Clark apologized, MLS is conducting its own investigation. It’s hard to see how Major League Soccer is doing anything than watching out for its own image or protecting Clark in removing the video.
A filmed TV version impervious to rights claims here.