Soccer Business Bits: Televising the MLS Cup Playoffs, WPS Changes & More

The MLS Cup Playoffs are under way with New York the first team to advance out of the newly minted Wildcard round.  The first playoff match was televised on FSC.  However, with the Colorado/Columbus match not scheduled to be televised nationally, MLS smartly made the match available to all fans via the website.  Fans with access to MatchDay Live will also have their usual access to the game.  The rest of the weekend games will be available on national television.  Saturday night’s RSL/Seattle match will be available on FSC, while the NY/LA and Phi/Hou matches will be part of a Sunday doubleheader on ESPN2.  The Sunday games will kick off at 3 and 5 and will provide fans with 4 straight hours of exciting soccer.  Unfortunately for MLS, the matches will be up against the ratings juggernaut that is the NFL.

The yearlong saga that has been the WPS relationship with the magicJack franchise has finally come to an end.  The league has terminated the Boca Raton franchise after just one year of ownership by Dan Borislow.  The league had been engaged in legal action with Mr. Borislow trying to stave off the termination action.   The move leaves the league with just five teams.  For more on the story, click here.

One final note:  MLS got its dream playoff match-up with New York and Los Angeles meeting this weekend. While the early playoff meeting ensures that the two teams won’t meet in a showcase Final game, the two game series ensures that the league’s marquee franchises will square off in the playoffs.