Soccer Business Bits: TV Ratings, Gol TV

henryThere were a series of nationally televised game last weekend on a variety of channels.  This provides a great opportunity to take a snapshot of tv ratings.  The first game of the week was the Friday night tilt from a sold out Sporting Park in Kansas City.  Despite the big crowd, the television audience fell just shy of a 100k, a disappointing number after a good run of NBCSN viewership.   The Sunday night game on ESPN landed on the standard number for ESPN matches, with 300k tuning in to see the Red Bulls draw with Seattle.   John Ourand of SBJ reported that the Sunday afternoon match on NBC between Portland and the Galaxy drew a .3 overnight rating.  By way of comparison, the WNBA playoffs this weekend averaged a bit more than 300k on ESPN2.

In other business news, the dying GOLTV was the television home of the US Open Cup on Tuesday night.  The match featured RSL and DC United playing for the venerable title.  Unfortunately, GOL TV is available on fewer and fewer televisions as beIn Sport, Fox Sports and other networks  supersede the soccer focused network.

Finally, I feel compelled to mention the raft of stories that are now reporting that David Beckham is closing in on securing the rights to an expansion MLS franchise in Miami.  You can read those reports here.   The reports suggest that the future home of the team is the stadium on the campus of Florida International University that holds a comfortable 23k