Soccer Business Bits: MLS Draft Coverage, Interliga Attendance & More

On Thursday, January 14, ESPN2 and ESPN360.com will again televise the MLS draft.  Coverage in the past has been modeled on ESPN’s extensive NFL draft coverage, with an onsite set, player interviews and graphics about each player.  Last year, ESPN’s coverage was fairly shaky as Stone, Lalas and crew tried to recreate the NFL experience.  Despite some discomfort among the talent, the show was fairly thorough and the network has alloted one hour to the coverage. We will provide a detailed review of the coverage on Friday morning.

Four games were on the weekend Interliga schedule with a pair of doubleheaders from the Home Depot Center.  On Saturday, a sparse crowd of less than 10k watched the final games of the group stage.  On Sunday, the doubleheader, anchored by Club America, drew a sellout crowd of 27k.  All of the games were televised on Fox Sports Espanol.  Tickets range from $20-$100 per seat for the mid-week final doubleheader.

Finally, last week the Union announced new seating options for their Chester stadium.  These three new premiums seating plans include parking and pre-game field access.  The plans range from $2,000 for a season’s worth of single game tickets to $10,000 for a table of four with food and drink.  The Super Club option is $7,500 per seat and includes tickets to 17 games and away travel, lodging and tickets to an away match.

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