Covering the Coverage

tv soccerEvery so often we like to take a look at how mainstream news and sports publications are covering the world of soccer in the United States.  As MLS moves into its third month of games, the EPL is wrapping up and Champions League closing for the year, we thought now would be the perfect time to take a look.

We’ll start with ESPN FC, which provides a great look at the efforts of America’s professional soccer referees to unionize.  Jeff Carlisle’s piece provides an outstanding in depth look at a topic that generates little attention. The centerpieces of the article are the interviews with officers of the Professional Referee Organization and Professional Soccer Referees Association.  Perhaps the most interesting business quote discusses the finances   But as in most unions, it’s not about what the members of at the top end of the scale are getting, but those closer to the bottom. Both Taylor and Walton confirmed that while the center referees are the ones with contracts, the assistant referees and fourth officials are paid on a game-by-game basis. Walton stated that this approach is how it’s done in every other league in the world. But Taylor admitted that getting the assistant referees at least on part-time contracts is something the PSRA will work towards.”

The Portland Timbers’ outstanding effort in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish foundation drew coverage from across the media spectrum, including SportsCenter, mainstream newspapers and more.  Sites as varied as CNNSi, Oregon Live, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Huffington Post provided coverage of the event.  This is a great story and one that has properly been celebrated across main stream and sports media.

Finally, even the Hollywood Reporter felt compelled to report on the outstanding ratings generated by the Champion’s League’s semi-finals.