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MLS launches new game ball for 2012

Major League Soccer has unveiled its new game ball that will be used in the coming season.

Here's the release from the league.

Reaction: As someone who watches a lot of MLS, I figure there are a couple of ways that the ball affects me. How it plays, obviously. And we can't know about that, yet. But I also care about how a ball looks because I value being able to detect its speed and spin. To that end, I'm encouraged by the markings of this ball, which seem darker and more distinct than the previous version.