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Does soccer in the US need mainstream media coverage to be successful?


Depending on who you ask, soccer needs coverage from the mainstream media in the United States in order to be successful. Or, does it?

It’s one of those topics that certainly splits opinions. There are some that think that soccer can’t get the mass appeal if the daily newspapers and SportsCenter aren’t talking about the games.

And yet there are others who believe that in an Internet age that soccer doesn’t need mainstream media coverage in order for the sport to grow. The World Wide Web and social media alone can ensure that the conversation about soccer happens on a daily basis — no matter what mainstream sports media focuses its attention on.

Tell us what you think. Vote in the poll below, and share your opinions in the comments section or on our social media accounts.

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  1. DrewVT6

    January 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Look at the MLS clubs with the best followings. It’s all in markets where the media doesn’t willfully ignore their existence. No amount of paid advertising ever overcomes the free advertising the sports pages give.

    I’m always shocked in the LA market at the willful ignorance the English Language media takes with MLS and the Galaxy. If you talk to any Spanish speaker, they have a great understanding of what’s going on with the Galaxy, who they’re signing and how they’re doing. Most of the Spanish speakers I interact with aren’t Galaxy season ticket holders or even attend more than 1-2 games per year. They don’t read all the soccer blogs – probably not even WST. They simply get daily coverage on the news and in their papers.

    On the flip side the English speakers I know that are up on the Galaxy attend numerous games per season, read whatever soccer blogs they can find and they’re also well aware of the rest of the soccer world comings and goings. I honestly can’t comprehend how the English Language Media sees it as a disadvantage to cover the Galaxy with the same efforts they do for lesser teams in the market like the Kings and Ducks or College Volleyball/Water Polo.

  2. Aram

    January 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I don’t know about successful, but it would definitely make it more fun to follow.

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