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Soccer Business Bits: Gold Cup TV Ratings

san-joseThe Gold Cup Final on FOX drew a solid 1.7 rating.  This was a significant jump over the 1.2 rating from the USA/Costa Rica match last weekend.  This was also the second highest soccer rating on the FOX network.  With the ASG on the coming horizon, it portends well for the league that the highest rated market for the Final was Kansas City.  Overall, it was seemingly a successful Gold Cup for FOX. Ratings were solid, the production value was outstanding and Gus Johnson and Eric Wynalda showed improvement as a broadcast team.  Johnson will get additional practice over the next few years as the network plans for the 2018 World Cup.

Keeping with television numbers, Univision gleefully announced that it reached almost 10.9 million viewers with the broadcast of its Mexico/Panama match.   Per TVbythenumbers, this was the “top primetime sports telecast ever on Univision and third in the history of the network behind the 2010 World Cup final game and the 2010 Mexico vs. Argentina World Cup match. The Mexico vs. Honduras game was the #1 program of the night ahead of every other primetime telecast, regardless of language, among Persons 12-34, Adults 18-34, Men 18-34, Men 18-49.”
These remarkable numbers certainly suggest that a USA/Mexico Final would have managed a remarkable number.

Finally, the opening of the much anticipated new stadium in San Jose has been delayed by half a season because of excavation issues at the construction site .  Per the Mercury News, “We have encountered incredibly difficult unforeseen conditions,” Devcon Construction executive Peter Copriviza said in a statement. “With foundations over 10 feet deep, drilled piers, unexpected underground chambers, we have been presented with a series of challenges during both the demolition and grading process.”