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Old 03-30-2011, 02:28 PM
 
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It's odd really.

MLS seems loathe to **** off ticket holders. Yet Soccer seems like it has the fans most likely to look at international action. So I doubt taking a break would really hamper fan turnout provided the the club was doing well.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Schedule congestion? They could just play for another week or two. Rangers in Scotland had to play something like 5 games in two weeks.
You dont understand. Our season is already is pushing into time periods that is hard to play in due to weather. We cannot play any later or play any earlier or we will be playing in a foot of snow up in New England or Toronto and brutal temperatures in other places and no fans will show up. Have you ever attended a game when the wind chill is below zero with 30 mph winds? We had to do that 2 years ago in KC in late March. This has been beat to death for the last several years and it has been researched. It cannot be done. Especially with more teams being added and the league schedules being expanded 4 games per team.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: London, England
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You dont understand. Our season is already is pushing into time periods that is hard to play in due to weather. We cannot play any later or play any earlier or we will be playing in a foot of snow up in New England or Toronto and brutal temperatures in other places and no fans will show up. Have you ever attended a game when the wind chill is below zero with 30 mph winds? We had to do that 2 years ago in KC in late March. This has been beat to death for the last several years and it has been researched. It cannot be done. Especially with more teams being added and the league schedules being expanded 4 games per team.
Ive played a game when it was -10C and that was without wind chill.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Ive played a game when it was -10C and that was without wind chill.

I have too. That doesnt mean it is a good idea. Sports teams are a business looking to make money. People will not show up at those temperatures and people have to buy tickets for teams to be profitable.

On top of that, we have blizzards here in the US where teams are located during February/March. Blizzards so bad that people cannot leave their homes.

It is easy for someone that lives in a country the size of one of our small states to say play longer but you should understand that we have a wide array of climates here and some are just unplayable at certain times of the year.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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I have too. That doesnt mean it is a good idea. Sports teams are a business looking to make money. People will not show up at those temperatures and people have to buy tickets for teams to be profitable.

On top of that, we have blizzards here in the US where teams are located during February/March. Blizzards so bad that people cannot leave their homes.

It is easy for someone that lives in a country the size of one of our small states to say play longer but you should understand that we have a wide array of climates here and some are just unplayable at certain times of the year.
how do other sports in the states cope then?
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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how do other sports in the states cope then?

American Football is the only sport that plays at that time of year that is outdoors. They play regardless of the weather but the ball doesnt move on the ground so they can do that. Plus, it is the most popular sport here so people will come out no matter what. But, attendance does take a hit in bad weather. I attended a Kansas City Chiefs game where it was in the single digits with snow and only 40K of 80k showed up, if that Soccer does not have that clout yet here so only the hardcore fans show up.

We had record amounts of snowfall this year with snow storms having more than 2 feet of snow. You really cant play soccer in that kind of weather or at least expect to hold a professional game.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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You can cover the pitch, sweep off the snow and have a heating system to thaw the ground. England and Scotland has had terrible winter weather the last two yaers also and they manage. Besides delaying a game by one day for an international match is not going to cause a huge amout of congestion.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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yeah they can have undersoil heating and lights etc to make the pitch playable. but you point was about the fans not being able to make it, they seem to do ok in american football?
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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Being able to play IS NOT the issue. We all know you can play soccer in any kind of weather.

But, the MLS and all pro sports teams in this world play for their fans and they play to sell tickets to fans. If there is two feet of snow and it is hard for people to leave their homes or it is below zero, it is kind of hard to sell tickets.
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Old 04-01-2011, 11:52 AM
 
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yeah they can have undersoil heating and lights etc to make the pitch playable. but you point was about the fans not being able to make it, they seem to do ok in american football?

They do okay but not great. However, American Football is known for playing in bad weather. In fact, some fans prefer it as it is part of the sport.

Soccer is not on par with American football in this country. Nothing is.

Do you all not think MLS have looked into their options? If they could take the time off, they would do it but they cannot.
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