So what's the deal with Inter Miami? Officials have been tightlipped about a potential sponsor, even in the face of recent reports of ongoing negotiations between club cofounder David Beckham and the oil-rich State of Qatar. Inter Miami fans didn't take kindly to the news; some even threatened to sell their season tickets and modify their jerseys.
Which brings us, inevitably, to the memes — lots and lots of them. Fans had a laugh poking fun at the underwhelming Inter Miami jersey concepts that leaked in January by comparing them to pajamas and plain white T-shirts. And now they've turned their sights to the team's sponsor — or lack thereof.
Using the magic of Photoshop, the Inter Miami faithful have selected their own wonderful batch of potential sponsors they'd much rather see on the jerseys than a Qatari logo. Here are some favorites:
Café BusteloA crowd pleaser, the already legendary Café Bustelo concept jersey (pictured above) would make a whole lot of sense. Miami already runs on cafecito, so why shouldn't its soccer players? It's not difficult to imagine a world where fans piled into Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale are given a complimentary cortadito after a winning goal. Cue the caffeine-induced insanity.
The jersey above was posted on a private Inter Miami FC page on Facebook to much fanfare. "Brooooooo. You the real MVP!!! We joke about this often and it's great to visualize it," one person wrote.
"I love it could it get more South Florida than that!!!?! They need to sell cortadito at the games," another user posted.
We'd love to partner with @InterMiamiCF.— FlanigansFL (@FlanigansFL) September 12, 2019
Kit sponsor from r/InterMiamiThis one is more tongue-in-cheek than the others. It alludes to the now-famous failure that was Fyre Festival. Billed as the next big music festival for the wealthy, well connected, and famous, Fyre went up in flames, and its lead organizer, first-grade asshat Billy McFarland, allegedly skipped out on paying hundreds of Bahamian workers hired to set things up.
What's that got to do with soccer? Well, for fans who have been waiting for Inter Miami to make a superstar signing, as Beckham promised — or even just a sponsorship announcement — the moment offers plenty of reasons to be disillusioned.
Publix or Presidente
The Publix jersey concept has already garnered a warm response on Reddit.
"I've never considered Publix sponsoring anything but now that I've seen this I NEED them to do so," one Redditor wrote. Another person said, "Take my money!"
Honorable mentionsInter Miami fans had plenty of other ideas. They posted about potential sponsors on fan pages on Facebook and Reddit. A few honorable mentions include Palacio de los Jugos, Tootsie's, Bang Bros, Ñooo Que Barato, Stein Mart, and Carnival Cruise Line. New Times would add to that list Mac's Club Deuce, Vicky Bakery, and Club Space.
In truth, every entry in this article would be a better sponsor than Qatar. You can't blame Inter Miami fans for dreaming (or meme-ing).