Soccer Business Bits: TV Weekend, Caps Tickets & More

unitedThe Major League Soccer weekend starts with one match Friday night with the rest of games set for the weekend.  The national television games include Columbus v. Philly on UniMas, Colorado v. Salt Lake on NBCSN and a Sunday match between New York and Chicago on ESPN2.  The league will also feature another “stream of the week” sponsored by el Jimador with the Timbers/Dynamo match.  NBCSN has continued to do a great job promoting their MLS broadcasts during their live hockey coverage.

The Vancouver Sun is reporting on the Whitecaps’ efforts to attract more fans to BC Place during their third season.  According to the article, the team is offering discounts up to 40% off face value in order to lure more fans into games.  Per the article, “the club launched a promotion this week offering discounts of up to 40 per cent for single-game tickets for the team’s next five home games, but Whitecaps’ chief operating officer Rachel Lewis said that doesn’t indicate growing concern over attendance at BC Place.” To read the entire article, which includes the nugget that more than half of league revenue comes from the gate, click here.

United’s struggles to land a real television deal has been well documented, but the team has finally announced a three year deal with the local Comcast affiliate. Unfortunately, the arrangement is not entirely favorable to United.  According to Steve Goff, the new arrangement doesn’t even start until mid-May and there are no live broadcasts after September 15.  The deal includes 16 matches for the three years of the arrangement.  Moreover, away games will be called from a studio, as there will be no travel for Dave Johnson and company.  There is also no plan for original, non-game programming.