Soccer Business Bits: TV Confusion, Cup Final & More

Fans and broadcasters paying attention to Major League Soccer’s newest broadcast partner have noted that NBC is offering two shows, Chicago Fire and Revolution, that can be confused with MLS franchises.  The Chicago Tribune looked at this issue in a piece that included interviews with both representatives of the team and with actors and producers involved with the show.  The Tribune story quoted Dick Wolf (of Law and Order Fame) about the issue. ” “I would hazard to guess it’s to our mutual benefit,” Wolf said during the show’s red carpet premiere Tuesday at the Chicago History Museum. “All the soccer fans will tune in, and people outside of Chicago might know the soccer team, which I don’t think is really nationally top of the mind.””  Interestingly, players from the team had intended to participate in a screening of the program.

Elsewhere, the Mercury News is reporting that Commissioner Garber has made his feelings known about the possibility of hosting the MLS Cup at BuckShaw Stadium.  The Santa Clara field only seats10k plus rather than the big crowd expected for the Cup Final.  The issue is especially important because of San Jose’s success this year and the strong possibility that the high flying Earthquakes will be in the game. The article touches on some of the issues the team faces in finding a stadium with the correct capacity because of other commitments.

One television note to close out the post today.  A reminder that that the key US World Cup Qualifier set for Friday night from Antigua will be televised live in English betIN Sport.  As was true with the away match at Jamaica, there will be limited penetration of the game on US televisions.  The Spanish version of the network will televise the game on tape delay.