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).
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