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May 28, 2008 at 3:03 PM

See you on the Xbox Pitch

COURTNEY BLETHEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Do you have that jersey in a size medium?

Here’s our story confirming earlier reports that Microsoft’s Xbox 360 is sponsoring the Seattle Sounders FC.

Some additional details: The company gets naming rights for the soccer field, which will be known as “The Xbox Pitch at Qwest Field.” I suggested a few months ago that Microsoft build a new arena for the Sonics and call it simply the X Box.

Also as part of the five-year, $20 million deal, the Xbox 360 becomes “the Official and exclusive Video Game Console of MLS,” according to a news release. Xbox 360 fieldboards will adorn every MLS game.

Tod Leiweke, CEO of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, said in a statement, “We also look forward to building a great relationship with Microsoft employees who live, work and play in our backyard.” Does that sound like free or discounted tickets to anyone in Redmond?

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