Soccer Business Bits: Confederations Cup, Getting Friendly II and More

us-soccerOn a day when American soccer fans are busy celebrating the USMNT victory over the Red Fury of Spain, we thought we would take a quick look at coverage of the big win opn outlets around the country. Online, the victory has been the top sports story of the day, with the game getting first position on ESPN.com, Foxsports.com and CNNSI.com.  Even traditionally anti-soccer TSN gave the match a fairly prominent position.  On ESPN proper, Sportscenter led with the game as did the boys on PTI. Even radio stations like WFAN in New York featured the game on their 20/20 sports flashes and espn radio’s “Backpage” show carried a lengthy discussion about the significance of the win
(as compared to the “Miracle on Ice”)

Outside the sports world, the game also got prominent attention. The New York Times gave the match front page space as did the Washington Post.  The Yahoo! home page put the game front and center.  Even Slate got into the act with an article that we highly recommend (it has some interesting information about the ESPN.com poll about the game).  Foxnews and CNN also gave the game a prominent place on their respective web pages.

Americans love an underdog, especially when the underdog wins.  There will be a fair amount of attention on the US Men on
Sunday, a weekend game for the title will definitely generate some eyeballs.  The last time this Team garnered this much attention, it was before the 2006 World Cup; the team promply got washed 3-0 in the opening game.

In Friendly news, TFC has announced that all tickets for the Real Madrid match this summer are sold.  Given the size of the stadium and the demand for soccer, this news is not surprising. In DC, the Real Madrid friendly with United has already reached the 35k tickets sold number.  It seems that Kaka and Ronaldo are a great draw, and with 6 weeks until this game, a large crowd can be expected.

Finally, in WPS news, the DC/Boston game was “nationally” televised on Comcast Sports as part of the four game regional television package that was recently announced.This deal will provide the League with additional exposure in big sports markets and will include interviews, highlights, game replays and other coverage.

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