According to this note from Sports Media Watch, MLS ratings on ESPN Deportes are up over 65% in 2009. These numbers add approximately 70,000 to the 300,000 that tune in to the average MLS match on ESPN2. While these numbers are respectable, there is still plenty of room for growth. Ratings on ESPN2 have been relatively flat over the years despite the addition of David Beckham. However, there is a ressonable argument that the addition of teams in Portland and Philadelphia over the next two years will further increase ratings, as fans in those cities will make MLS appointment viewing.
Taking a quick look at the games in MLS weekend, the Revs are sponsoring a fireworks night after their Saturday evening match against Kansas City. For an additional $15, the Revs are also offering a “VIP” Firework experience that includes free ice cream and the opportunity to watch the fireworks with members of the team.
Finally (and somewhat disappointingly), tickets remain available for the Saturday night qualifier at Rio Tinto. The USSF selected Salt Lake City in part to avoid populating the stadium with crowds favoring the visitors. That goal may have been accomplished, but as of today, the game has not sold out. For some reason, qualifiers have not caught the fancy of the American public at large, despite the growing interest in the USMNT. However, it is still surprising that the soccer fans of the Salt Lake City area have been unable to fill the stadium. While a sell-out is likely by game time, it is remarkable that the game has not yet sold out.