Soccer Business Bits: The Journal Weighs In, The New App & More

The Wall Street Journal offers an interesting look at attendance in MLS by comparing it to NBA attendance.  While venue size is limiting for the NBA, the city by city comparison makes for interesting reading.  Teams like Philly and Houston outdraw their NBA counterparts.  MLS will never be the NFL, but outdrawing the NBA (and NHL) in many communities is quite a feat for the nascent league.  Many MLS Soccer Specific Stadiums are being built with a capacity of less than 20k which makes them comparable to most NBA arenas.  Attendance is not the end all be all of league success, but the article is certainly worth a read.

Today MLS made its i-phone Application available for the first time.  We downloaded the application to our i-phone and played with some of the functionality.  The App was relatively easy to use and offered a wide variety of information including highlights, league stories, standings and more.  We also used the App during the Revs/Red Bulls games and found it to be a nice addition to the MLS online library.  In-game highlights were reminiscent of the ESPN coverage of the World Cup.  Regular text updates were also a nice feature.  We will use the App during the weekend games to see how it performs.

Finally, CNNSI offers some thoughts on Philly’s off the field success.  The article talks about some of Philly’s branding efforts, signings and interaction with the team’s Supporters.