Monday After: College Cup, Hot Stove & More

propaneTime for the first “Monday After” of the post-season.  During the MLS campaign, we take a look at league attendance in this space, but in the ever shrinking MLS off-season, we just review some of the bigger business stories from the world of American soccer from the last three days.  Let’s start with the College Cup, where Indiana held off Georgetown to win the Division I College Championship.  The game was held in Hoover, Alabama.  The 13,000 seat venue was also the host last year and was expected to draw the biggest two day crowds for the College Cup in at least 8 years.  ESPN U carried all of the matches from the final four round of the tournament.

The MLS hot stove season has been moving forward with great speed in the week since the MLS Cup Final.  Player trades, player releases and the re-entry draft have all made the last week hectic.  Fans of the league have had ample online sources from which follow the madness.  The ongoing Major League Baseball off-season provides an useful comparison, with the Winter Meetings just concluded.  While mainstream media sources essentially ignore soccer’s transactions, the advent of Twitter makes it easy to keep abreast of the Winter happenings in both sports. Soccer fans now the enjoy the same instantaneous coverage, from multiple outlets trying to find scoops, as those following other sports.

Finally, the first round of the re-entry draft went forward on Friday. This was the third version of the draft.  Whether the draft has the effect desired by both sides to the Collective Bargaining Agreement will take some time to determine.  Last year,  Jeff Carlisle pulled some quotes from MLSPA head Bob Foose that suggested that he was pleased.  “I think it is working and is doing exactly what it was supposed to do, which is to give veteran players more leverage and more control over the negotiations in the offseason,” he said