Monday After

For those interested in ratings (and I assume that most that read this website are), here is a great look at the ratings bounce MLS has enjoyed over the last few weeks on the NBC Sports Network.  The numbers are fairly impressive and the trend is significant.  After the Olympics are over, I will have a more in depth look at the impact of NBC on the presentation and promotion of the league, but suffice to say, NBC has been impressive in all aspects of their soccer delivery.

One other business note before a look at attendance.  It was reported last week that GOL TV signed a multi-year contract with the United States Soccer Federation to televise the US Open Cup.  The channel has long been the weak sister of American soccer broadcasters, surviving on its La Liga and Bundesliga telecasts.  The network has long failed to impress wit the quality of their coverage, but the upcoming broadcast will provide an opportunity to impress domestic fans.

On to attendance, where Houston started the week with more than 22k for its nationally televised showdown against New York at BBVA Compass Stadium.  While the venue suffers from empty seats in the front few rows, the crowd was loud and showed well on TV.   Montreal managed 18,500 at home; not quite a sellout, but much better than numbers last month.   The Revs played main event to an AC Milan undercard at Gillette.  However, the Italian Giants failed to significantly move the soccer needle, with only 17,500 on hand for the doubleheader.

DC managed just over 14,600, just days after big stadium news from the District.  Chicago managed a solid crowd of almost 18k for their home date at Toyota Park while Colorado managed just over 15k at DSG Park. Portland managed its usual big 22k plus number while Seattle’s home date against Los Angeles pulled a crowd in excess of 60k (this is a guess as the figure came out after this article went up).

2 Responses

  1. Are these empty seats in the front row the crab cake eating section? RBA seems to have the same problem, these seats are usually sold out but half the fans fail to show up and you usually have a great view of the red bull logo b/c of it. Why you would buy expensive tickets and not show up is beyond me.

  2. It is sad and happen across all sports. You really see it in sport like baseball, soccer, hockey and basketball where the expensive tix are bought by big companies. There are so many games thatit is tough for them to make every game and they sit on the tix instead of giving them away. Football really has an advantage this way. There are only 8 regular season home games every year so every game is an event and so people rearrange their schedules around those 8 games vs leagues that have so many more games that people go when they can. There are the hardcore fan exceptions but the empty seats as you mentioned are usually the ones that are fans that don’t rearrange their schedules based on home dates.

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