Soccer Business Bits: Fox Soccer Renews, College Attendance

Left at the alter by Major League Soccer, Fox Soccer has nevertheless managed to maintain a prominent position in the world of televised soccer.  The network announced that they have re-upped their deal with the English Football Association to extend their exclusive rights for six more years through the 2017/2018 season.  According to the press release, “the multi-platform deal grants FOX Soccer exclusive rights to all FA content in all languages for the United States and Caribbean territories, including the prestigious FA Cup tournament…  England’s national team home qualifiers and friendlies are included in the agreement.”  The deal is significant for Fox Soccer because it guarantees eyeballs for the network for years and ensures content for the network which always struggles for live programming.

Soccer America checks in with an interesting look at the increase in attendance for college soccer programs.  According to the article, seven teams are averaging in excess of 3,000 attendees per match.  UC Santa Barbara is the leader in college attendance with more than 5,000 per game.  One UC Santa Barbara game was the clear winner, with more than 13k in attendance.  The ACC is the leading conference, with averaging more than 1,800 fans per game.  Five conferences are averaging more than 1,00 fans per game.

One final note, there have been a number of stories about the possibility of MLS expanding to Detroit.  The recently purchased Pontiac Silverdome has been proposed as a venue, although with some significant modifications. Now there are stories that appear to have leaked renderings of the proposed stadium.  For more on the released renderings, click here.   For more on this proposal, click here.