MLS And Weekdays – Feast or Famine?
MLS And Weekdays – Feast or Famine?

It was a welcome announcement that MLS will not schedule matches during the group phase, semifinals and finals of the 2010 World Cup. That means the league will not play from Friday, June 11 through Friday, June 25. The WC round of 16 will be played from Saturday June 26 […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 29
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 29

After week 29 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 29 205 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   18,417     6   15,959     15,108     192   2006   20,277   10.10%   6   16,235   1.73%   15,402   1.94%   192   2007   20,575   1.47%   7   16,587  […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 28
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 28

After week 28 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 28 198 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   17,148     9   15,949     15,001     186   2006   19,097   11.37%   6   16,225   1.73%   15,244   1.62%   186   2007   18,727   -1.94%   7   16,578  […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 27
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 27

After week 27 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 27 190 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   18,227     6   15,033     14,938     177   2006   18,083   -0.79%   6   15,463   2.86%   15,116   1.19%   180   2007   18,241   0.87%   7   16,699  […]

MLS FutureWatch – Salaries, The CBA and TV
MLS FutureWatch – Salaries, The CBA and TV

In my last post on MLS’ future, I postulated that the television rights deals of the future will determine the level of play we will see on the field. I also stated that it is my belief that MLS must offer a better quality product on the field in order […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 26
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 26

After week 26 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 26 183 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   13,173     9   14,968     14,823     171   2006   15,419   17.05%   7   15,310   2.29%   15,014   1.29%   174   2007   23,104   49.84%   7   16,553  […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 25
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 25

After week 25 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 25 175 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   15,302     6   14,878     14,912     162   2006   12,373   -19.15%   8   15,115   1.59%   14,997   0.57%   167   2007   18,809   52.02%   8   16,497  […]

TV Fees – The Key to MLS’ Future
TV Fees – The Key to MLS’ Future

TV Rules The number one item that should be on the agenda for MLS officials should be has to be the preservation of the TV rights contracts. Why do I believe that TV holds the future of MLS in its grasp? Because it’s already saved the league once. And as […]

SUMmer of Soccer Events
SUMmer of Soccer Events

SUMmer of Soccer Continues The ‘Summer of Soccer’ which began on June 20, rolls on. As of now, over 1,455,000 have attended SuperLiga, the Gold Cup, the World Football Challenge and a variety of club and international friendlies. Since my last post on the SUMmer of Soccer, an International Friendly […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 24
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 24

After week 24 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 24 172 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   16,101     5   14,930     14,897     156   2006   14,880   -7.58%   6   15,109   1.20%   15,129   1.56%   159   2007   17,987   20.88%   8   16,425  […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 23
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 23

After week 23 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 23 164 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   15,133     7   14,807     14,857     151   2006   11,814   -21.93%   10   15,065   1.74%   15,139   1.89%   153   2007   17,413   47.39%   7   16,126  […]

MLS: Who Cares?
MLS: Who Cares?

MLS in the US – Who Cares? As I was finishing writing this post, I read Kartik’s post on “Invisible MLS” and thought the timing couldn’t be better. Here’s my recent experience … I’ve just returned from a trip across the country to visit friends and family and spread the […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 22
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 22

After week 22 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 22 155 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   15,573     4   14,897     14,844     144   2006   13,932   -10.54%   6   15,263   2.46%   15,361   3.48%   143   2007   16,209   16.34%   6   16,022  […]

SUMmer of Soccer Big Boys on Display
SUMmer of Soccer Big Boys on Display

SUMmer of Soccer Continues The ‘Summer of Soccer’ which began on June 20, rolls on. After this past weekend, 41 events, including 15 doubleheaders comprising 56 matches have drawn 1,306,902, for an average of 31,876. Since my last post on the SUMmer of Soccer, the big guns were on display […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 20
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 20

An abbreviated post due to my being on the road. After week 20 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 20 143 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   21,232     10   14,849     14,905     134   2006   17,497   -17.59%   7  […]

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 19
Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 19

An abbreviated post due to my being on the road. After week 19 the numbers look like this…   5 year comparison   WK 15 137 GP YTD   Avg +/- GP Avg +/- Avg +/- GP  2005   13,291     6   14,799     14,506     124   2006   92,650   597.11%   1  […]

SUMmer of Soccer Rolls On
SUMmer of Soccer Rolls On

SUMmer of Soccer Continues First let me apologize for the tardiness of this post. I Amtraked across America to visit family, go to a wedding, and I’m going to cram in a trip to Giants’ Stadium for the Gold Cup Final. Can you believe it, no Wi-Fi in any Amtrak […]