Monday After

Before we get to the attendance, perhaps the biggest business story of the weekend emerged on Friday when it was announced the Los Angeles Galaxy have re-upped their relationship with jersey sponsor Herbalife.   The Sports Business Daily story reports that the new 10 year deal is worth a reported $4.4 million over 10 years. Here is a link to the team’s official press release video.   The deal is remarkable for its length and long term security and provides an important indication that the business community believes that the Galaxy brand will have staying power beyond David Beckham’s tenure in Los Angeles.  For reference, the recent Fire deal with Quaker (also an iconic brand), is a reported $8million over 3 years.

On the attendance front, it was a weekend of great highs and troubling lows.  On the top end, Montreal opened its MLS home schedule before almost 60k at Olympic Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  Later that day, Chivas USA failed to top 8k at the Home Depot Center, a troubling number for a franchise we highlighted 2 years ago for their success in achieving reasonable crowds in a environment.  Elsewhere, San Jose played at AT&T Park before more than 21k in a rather dull affair against Houston.  Kansas City hit its 19,777 number in their home thrashing of the Revs.  At the same time, Dallas drew 12,200 for their second home game of the season.  In Seattle, more than 38k witnessed the Sounders victory while 16,700 were at Rio Tinto for RSL’s win over New York.

On Sunday, Philadelphia opened its home schedule with its first 19k plus sell out of 2012.  The game was broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.

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3 Responses

  1. It was a great scene in Montreal and equally as bad in Chivas. They are as bad on the field as well it appears despite having some good talent in Ryan Smith and Nick LaBrocca. It almost seems to me that they need to go the way of Sporting KC and find a new location and a complete re-brand since that trend seems to work especially for the older franchises that open new stadiums. However their owner needs to care and actually put a little money into his American product like he does in Mexico. I think they have one of the biggest upsides of any team with the hispanic connection. Imagine them opening a new stadium and bringing in a DP like a Giovani dos Santos in his prime!

  2. Philly looked great on NBC!

  3. Great crowds in Montreal,Philadelphia,Seattle,Kansas City and Utah. MLS has done very well in those cities. You don’t know how excited I was, watching games this weekend and seeing the stadium’s full with passionate fans.

    I agree with DCLee,Chivas USA needs to be moved to another city. I’ve always felt that it was a mistake putting a second team at the Home Depot Center.

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