Soccer Business Bits: Soccer Box, Olympics Drive Ratings & More

This weekend the Revs will host the Montreal Impact in a match-up of lower table teams in the Eastern Conference.  The match will take place at Gillette Stadium, but unlike other Revs games, the match will be followed by a three fight card of boxing.  The main event will feature local fighter Danny O’Connor, who has been quoted as saying that he is a big Revs fan.  I don’t remember any other MLS matches that paired boxing with the beautiful game and the events seem to be a strange combination.  The fighters are largely unknowns, but the curiosity factor may keep some soccer fans around for the bout.  Whether the inverse will be true, remains to be seen.

The Olympics continue to do wonders for Major League Soccer’s television ratings on the NBC Sports Network.  Straight from the official press release, MLS game on Sunday, August 5 featuring FC Dallas against the Portland Timbers,was the network’s most-watched MLS game to date, with 405,000 average viewers.”  Immediately thereafter, the ESPN telecast of Seattle versus the Galaxy pulled 270k viewers.  Recall that the ESPN match was up against the premiere of MLS 36, a problematic conflict I noted on Twitter at the time of the telecast.

Finally, GOLTV’s first Open Cup broadcast since 2004 was broadcast on Wednesday night with a live telecast from LiveStrong Sporting Park.  The broadcast quality was as expected the station struggling to put out a top notch product.  As is common with the station, commercials were in Spanish and the on air talent struggled.