Soccer Business Bits: Fox Goes Broadcast,MLS Lottery & Portland Ticket News

Fox Soccer may have lost the rights to MLS for 2012, but the Fox family of networks is showing a willingness to throw its weight behind soccer in other ways.  According to a press release from Wednesday afternoon, Fox will air four EPL matches on its broadcast network during the NFL season.  The network will pair three EPL games with stand alone NFL games and show a fourth game on Superbowl Sunday.  Interestingly, the games will largely air on tape after the match has already been shown on Fox Soccer.  The telecasts are great for soccer exposure, but they are also a shot across the bow of NBC and MLS which just inked a deal that would showcase MLS on the Peacock’s broadcast arm.  Fox will undoubtedly use its NFL muscle to promote a foreign soccer league, a turn of events that seems to put MLS on notice that Fox will not go quietly.

Thanks to the folks at MLS Rumors for letting us know about a recent agreement between MLS and American lottery promotions firm MDI.  The deal gives MDI the rights to make logos and trademarks associated with the professional soccer league and its teams available for instant games. MDI has relationships with a number of professional leagues and has placed a number of those leagues and teams within those leagues with state lotteries. It will be interesting to see if there states have a desire to feature professional soccer on their instant games.

Portland has announced its 2012 ticket prices and have indicated that 80% of tickets will stay the same.  The team will sell the tickets as 20 game packs and 60% of seats will go for $22 or less.  A list of the ticket prices is below:


Per-Game Price

KeyBank Club (C1-C5)


East Premier (97-98)


Sideline (96, 99, 116-120)


Goal Box (95, 112-115, 121-122)


Sideline Terrace (216-220)


Corner (93-94, 110-111)


View Terrace (215-223)


Ends (92, 109, 123)


Timbers Army (101-108, 201-208)


North End Terrace (209-211)


Widmer Southern Front Bleachers (SD1-SD6)


Value Terrace (215-221)