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Old 04-30-2014, 03:04 AM
 
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You seem to speak often for "most soccer fans".

I am a soccer fan. I think the franchise system works well.
Just going by the data. MLS is getting beat in TV ratings by the WNBA. That's a pretty clear denunciation of MLS by soccer fans.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:35 PM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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Just going by the data. MLS is getting beat in TV ratings by the WNBA. That's a pretty clear denunciation of MLS by soccer fans.
Or it's indicative of the **** TV contract MLS has.
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Old 04-30-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Or it's indicative of the **** TV contract MLS has.
Exactly. When you have TV networks that support foreign soccer leagues over domestic leagues than you have a serious problem. It would be like ABC or TNT showing European Basketball League games over the NBA.
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:30 PM
 
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Exactly. When you have TV networks that support foreign soccer leagues over domestic leagues than you have a serious problem. It would be like ABC or TNT showing European Basketball League games over the NBA.
Foreign leagues are in more demand. ABC would never show Euro Ball because no one in this country wants to watch it.
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Old 04-30-2014, 04:33 PM
 
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Or it's indicative of the **** TV contract MLS has.
no its not. They get the TV contract they deserve. It's called the market. Actually, MLS latest TV contract is a pretty darn good one considering MLS's history of horrible TV ratings.

I think the reason the majority of American soccer fans tune out MLS is because of legitimacy. We have a generation of soccer fans becoming socialized into the sport through the EPL, Champions League etc and they see this Americanized version of a soccer league with conferences, playoffs, salary caps, no free agency, silly club names like Earthquakes, no pro/rel, and it just makes the average soccer fan in this country throw up in their mouth a little.
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Old 05-01-2014, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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no its not. They get the TV contract they deserve. It's called the market. Actually, MLS latest TV contract is a pretty darn good one considering MLS's history of horrible TV ratings.

I think the reason the majority of American soccer fans tune out MLS is because of legitimacy. We have a generation of soccer fans becoming socialized into the sport through the EPL, Champions League etc and they see this Americanized version of a soccer league with conferences, playoffs, salary caps, no free agency, silly club names like Earthquakes, no pro/rel, and it just makes the average soccer fan in this country throw up in their mouth a little.
You can add MLS owning players and interfering in transfers to that list.

I am a football addict, grew up on it and love it. Went to the bowels of Ireland to see some of the crappiest games in the crappiest "stadiums" just to watch football. There are many things off putting about MLS, I agree. The conferences, funny names, forced rivalries etc.

I think the biggest reason American's dont all watch MLS is because theyre glory hunters plain and simple. Before City where as big as they are now I had people over here telling me they support Manchester, when I say what do you mean they looked at me like I am clueless. As fans get more addicted to the game I think we will see more watch MLS. Football is football. The rules of the game are the same, the package is just different. I would definitely like to see MLS's overall setup change to a global setup.

The fact is, stadium avg's are slowly rising each year as is TV. MLS is growing and will continue to grow whether people like to admit it or not. I like the salary caps, stops team from financially going bust. The new TV is bringing in more revenue for all the teams and will raise the cap so we can have better players. I cant find the deal but I think the revenue is going up 2 or 3 million a season per team. I wish I bookmarked that site ... I think this kind of discussion is best in the nobody watches mls thread than the expansion thread though.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:28 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Two years since I started this thread. And in that time, we got news of the following expansion cities:

- NYCFC next year (...not the Cosmos, as expected)
- Orlando City next year
- Atlanta in 2017
- Miami in... whenever. Supposed to be before 2020.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Two years since I started this thread. And in that time, we got news of the following expansion cities:

- NYCFC next year (...not the Cosmos, as expected)
- Orlando City next year
- Atlanta in 2017
- Miami in... whenever. Supposed to be before 2020.
Do you think San Antonio will ever get an MLS franchise? It's the 7th largest city in the US.
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Old 07-28-2014, 10:47 AM
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Do you think San Antonio will ever get an MLS franchise? It's the 7th largest city in the US.
Metro size counts more than city proper when it comes to pro sports.

But yes, the Scorpions will enter the MLS. It may not be before Miami, but it'll be more sooner than later.
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Old 07-29-2014, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Castlederp
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Surely eventually there will be a league for the entire country than for West and East? I know travel distances are long.. but this would be better IMO
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