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Ironman
Post #31
Sunday September 15, 2013 7:33pm

Joined Sep 2013
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Original post from dunlopp9987

If I'm not mistaken, MLS was third behind the NFL and MLB last year in attendance, beating out the NBA and NHL. I'd say that's pretty good progress...


You're not mistaken. But could MLS average more fans over 41 games (the number of games NHL/NBA teams play at home)?

Ironman
Post #32
Sunday September 15, 2013 7:39pm

Joined Sep 2013
Total Posts: 13
Original post from MSantoine

This is such a bad statement to make. And people thinking like this is part of whats wrong. Here is the list of leagues that average 30k per game.

NFL, Bundesliga, EPL, Australian Rules Football, MLB, La Liga.

Thats it. You have top 3 soccer league, top 2 american sports, and Aussie Football (must be awesome). The only soccer leagues in the world with higher attendence numbers are the three above, Liga MX, Serie A, Dutch League, French Ligue 1, and Argentina Premier league. That shows we are already the 9th most watched league in the world. Once teams like San Jose, DC, Revs get new stadiums, and Chivas gets relocated we'll be in the 22,000 range and probably just behing Serie A. We are better than Russia, Portugal, Scottish, all Scandanavia, Greek, Turkish. All leagues that we should be competing with for now and moving ahead of.


Didn't say MLS didn't have stong/good attendance. Said it should be averaging more. With the amount of soccer fans in this country-and the games they watch on TV and attend in person there is no reason MLS shouldn't/couldn't get to 30,000 per game (stadium capacity would prevent).

The product isn't there for people to care. They would rather watch BPL on tv or attend Real Madrid friendlies in the summer.

blaise213
Post #33
Sunday September 15, 2013 7:49pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 3,025
Original post from Ironman

The product isn't there for people to care. They would rather watch BPL on tv or attend Real Madrid friendlies in the summer.


Ive mentioned this numerous times. The current state of MLS stadiums are not "eye candy." Theres so many factors that need to change.

1. World Class stadiums need to be built. Not high school bleachers with a roof on it. The latest FAIL is the new SJ stadium and DC United proposal.
2. The Stadiums need to be in prime locations. Stop with cheap ownership. Nothing should be out in the suburbs. We need to have owners that will knock down real estate to put a stadium in the right location
3. MLS 2.0, the minimum capacity needs to be 30,000 and 40,000 in bigger markets. This will create better camera angles for the "TV eyes." A lot of small stadiums produce bad camera angles

The LA galaxy game vs DC United looked horrible. The combination of a Shit stadium, empty seats on the camera side, and the half sun/half shade on the field was bad.

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