Soccer Business Bits: San Jose Stadium, Arrests & More

Over the years we have repeatedly written about efforts to build stadium for the Earthquakes in San Jose.  After multiple fits and starts, the team appeared to cross some final hurdles and appeared ready to start the construction process.  Now come reports that the date for stadium completion remains in flux and could move into 2014.  According to the San Jose Business Journal, the Quakes are working on stadium designs and have not yet obtained their building permits.  Obviously, the team has yet to break ground.  A while back, the team held a ceremonial ground breaking at the start of the demo process.   Although the event included a fair amount of pomp and circumstance, the demolition does not guarantee construction.    A rendering of the proposed stadium is here.

MLS was in the news for the wrong reasons over the weekend, as three members of TFC were arrested while on the road in Houston.   The players were cited for public intoxication after getting involved in an altercation outside of a Houston hotspot.  This was the second soccer player arrested while sampling the Houston nightlife during the 2012 season.  Recall that earlier this year.  For more, click here.

Coverage of Euro 2012 continues on ESPN and according to this article, ratings have been quite strong despite the mid-day start times.  Weekend viewership has ranged from 1.7 million to 2.1 million per match, solid numbers on cable in the middle of the day.  Per Awful Announcing, “in Canada,  TSN pulled in an average audience of 707,000 over the first six games (which would be their second-highest average audience amongst season-long sports, behind only hockey), and hauled in 1.1 million viewers for the Italy – Spain match.”


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  1. i’ve always doubted Wolff’s intentions. My guess is that he’s waiting for development on the A’s front, such as being allowed to move there. I think his plan has always been to build only after he has gotten the necessary concessions from SJ city hall w/respect to A’s stadium. Quakes fans who admire Wolff’s moves are delusional

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