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MLS Misses an Opportunity to Attract EPL TV Viewers

mls logo MLS Misses an Opportunity to Attract EPL TV Viewers

In the world of the English Premier League, it’s an incredibly long and boring weekend. There are no matches scheduled between now and next Saturday, so this would be a perfect opportunity for Major League Soccer to showcase their league to an audience of fans in the United States who normally don’t tune in. Show them what they’re missing. Give them a reason to tune in.

Except, MLS misses an opportunity once again.

Between now and Monday night, there are only two games on featuring MLS sides. Tonight at 9pm ET between Real Salt Lake and Philadelphia Union, and Monday at 6pm ET between Sporting KC and Los Angeles. Problem is that tonight’s game featuring Real Salt Lake isn’t televised nationally. It’s only available online. And Monday’s game is on FOX Soccer.

I realize that this is an international break that we’re in right now, but either MLS should decide to adhere to FIFA guidelines and not play competitive matches during this time, or they should play a full schedule to take advantage of a weekend when soccer fans have few viewing options.


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