Monday After

sporting kansas citSporting Kansas City’s re-brand success will be a case study in sports business classes for decades.  On Friday, the team announced another potential significant building block in the promotion of soccer in the Kansas City market, with the news that the United States Soccer Federation is working with the team to locate a national training center in the region to supplement the facility at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.  According to the AP, “the proposed $50 million National Training and Coaching Development Center would consist of a state-of-the-art campus that could play host to U.S. national team training camps along with coaching education and referee development programming.”

One other quick non-attendance note.  Lower tier San Antonio Scorpions have announced an over-the-air television deal for thirteen matches this season.   Three of the games will be broadcast on KSAT in prime time while the rest will be on derivative channels.  This is a great accomplishment for a team set to unveil an 8k stadium for the start of the 2013 NASL season.

On the attendance front, where Sporing started the week with a 19k crowd as part of a Friday night affair.  On Saturday, a smallish crowd of 16k saw an exciting TFC comeback at BMO Field.  Later in the day, barely 10k attended Crew Stadium for another early season attendance disappointment among East Coast teams.   However, the Rapids more than 15k for their Saturday evening matchup at DSG.  Portland managed a big win and a big crowd with more than 20k on Saturday night.  San Jose sold it is Saturday match-up with more than 10k in Santa Clara.  The weekend finished with a very small crowd of just over 12k at Toyota Park.