Soccer Business Bits: MLS in HD, ESPN Double Feature and a Terrible MLS Promotion

soccertvWe’ll start with some news and notes from the world of televised soccer.  In a recent interview with EPL Talk, FSC Programming Director Dermot McQuarrie  announced that 2010 MLS games will be televised in HD.  When combined with ESPN HD programming of MLS, this now gives MLS fans at least two nationally televised MLS matches inEnglsih in high definition each week.

Elsewhere, MLS fans get a rare treat this week with games on ESPN on back to back night. On Wednesday, the high profile Galaxy/Fire matter will be on ESPN2 at 9:00 p.m.  Unfortunately for ESPN and MLS, Beckham will not be playing after seeing red over the weekend.  Casual fans will have to be satisfied with Donovan and Blanco.

The following night, ESPN2 will show the Revs/Sounders match at 10:00.  Sounders games always show well on television and the Revs match should be no different.  Both games should have lively crowds and great atmospheres and will good advertisements for the League.

Elsewhere, MLSnet.com is promoting an arrangement with Makita USA.  The “experience of a lifetime” includes tickets to an away match, hotel, and V.I.P. experience and travel.  Amazingly (and laughably), the trip doesn’t include travel.  There is also a prize of tools for the runner-up. The only requirement is registering on the site.

Last week, we chided the Red Bulls for offering an away trip that included flight and tickets, but no hotel or ground transportation.  Now, MLS is sponsoring an away trip with no travel arrangements.  I’m sure the League has its reasons for these “half” deals, but they come off remarkably low rent.  Perhaps worse than offering these types of deals is the active promotion on the League website.

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