Soccer Business Bits: Big Day in Montreal, TV Ratings & More

Hard to believe the second week of league action is already here, but the weekend provides another round of home openers and thrilling story lines. None is bigger than the first ever home game for the MLS franchise in Montreal.  The Impact open the home portion of their schedule on Saturday afternoon with an anticipated crowd in excess of 53,000 expected at Olympic Stadium, the team’s temporary home.  The game will be nationally telecast on TSN and is one of three nationally televised matches on the slate for the weekend.  ESPN is the only national television partner without a match during the weekend.  18 of the league’s teams will play on Saturday or Sunday.

Elsewhere, ESPN2’s ratings for the riveting Monday match in Portland are in.  The match drew an average of 337,000 viewers and a rating just over .2  The numbers are down over last year’s opener but are not overly disappointing for a match not featuring Los Angeles or Seattle.  However, the game is significant increase over the ESPN2 average for 2011.  Also recall that the opener last year was on ESPN.

The Washington Post’s Steve Goff is reporting that DC United has signed a two year lease to remain at RFK Stadium and will limit capacity at the stadium to just under 20k.  The upper levels will be tarped and the team will attempt to sell sponsorships for the covers.  The deal also includes a promise to provide certain improvements to the stadium which will be paid for through a ticket fee surcharge.

Finally, ESPN offers this 47 movie devoted to David Beckham’s time in Los Angeles.