Posted January 21, 2012 - 12:55
This past year, MLS Cup got clobbered in the ratings by Sunday Night Football and the World Series of Poker, of all things. So this year, they're scheduling the final against... the Big Ten and SEC Championship games. The stadium will be full, no doubt (unless New England is hosting), but will anyone outside of it be watching? Obviously, soccer outside of the World Cup is never going to do blockbuster ratings, but the problem isn't that MLS gets low ratings, it's that it gets low ratings by soccer standards. There might be more people watching the Bolton/Liverpool match right now on FSC then there will be watching that final on December 1st. Hell, a live broadcast of MLS Cup would probably get trounced by a tape-delayed EPL match if you put them head-to-head.
I've heard talk of MLS' "scheduling problem". But I just don't see how one fixes that problem. Switching to the fall-spring schedule doesn't really open you up to any more casual eyeballs, and puts you up against all of the European competitions and the entire NFL season. Scheduling a "winter break" doesn't seem feasible, as it would take 3 months to avoid the harshest weather of the northern markets. While a scheduling shift might mitigate things, there's aren't enough southern and Pacific coast teams to just have everyone play there for a couple of months. So, what do you do? How do you grow the league, outside of adding more franchises, which isn't necessarily the type of growth MLS needs?
Atom, on January 25, 2013 - 16:53, said:
For all the bird de lis haters I think the bird de lis isnt supposed to be a pelican and a fleur de lis I think its just a fleur de lis with a pelicans head. Thats what it looks like to me. Also the flair around the tip of the beak is just flair that fleur de lis have sometimes source I am from NOLA.
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