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Can MLS TV ratings improve without promotion/relegation?

World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 54, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• A discussion about whether MLS TV ratings can improve without promotion/relegation,

• News on how FOX Sports is planning to promote the 2018 FIFA World Cup,

• Our opinions about the MLS Cup final TV coverage,

• Big news from NBC Sports regarding more Premier League coverage,

• Plus feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

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  1. Babs

    December 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    No, it can’t. The MLS has to be run like the European football (soccer) leagues to improve in quality, rather than the American major leagues. Football (soccer) is not an American sport and running it like one doesn’t work. The A-League has a similar structure and is suffering as well. The J League of Japan was created a few years before the MLS and J League teams are now the 2nd most successful in the AFC Champions League. However, American teams have not been successful in the CONCACAF Champions League in general- ranked 8th in terms of success.

    The reason European football is so exciting is because the quality is better and mediocrity is punished- so there’s more significance and passion. Clubs that don’t perform get relegated and may never be the same. European football matters, the MLS doesn’t. Clubs need to be able to start from scratch and work their way into the MLS through efficient business/administration and quality, hard-working football.

    Also, I don’t buy the excuse that MLS owners won’t agree to promotion/relegation. There are so many American owners in European football- especially England. Without risk, there is no reward, and businessmen know that better than anybody. There is so much more money to be made if the MLS adopts promotion/relegation and European football practices/culture.

  2. Joe

    December 17, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Not relocating teams would be a start although ratings have always been poor so they may not care. MLS however will be doing what they have always been doing and that’s ailinatig fanbases from this contrived league.

    • Ivan

      December 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

      It comes back to quality of play, the level of football in MLS is still largely unwatchable…almost a third of all teams play on disgusting fake turf fields which completely changes the dynamics of play…the league is still infested and largely dominated by “athletes” who huff and puff and kick and run, but have the footballing intelligence of a squirrel…and then the constant expansion, the smell of a pyramid scheme, the league being run by that smug SOB Garber, rewarding mediocrity by not relegating at least the worst regular season side, then the stupid stupid playoffs…sorry, I’ve tried to watch and care for years…not any more…

  3. Lou

    December 14, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Promotion/Relegation, although important is not the deal breaker for me. The EXTREMELY STUPID playoff debacle is.

    • Eddie

      December 17, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      Is the season to long? It must start march to October to reduce the season.

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