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Old 02-19-2014, 03:04 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Where are you getting the participation decline information in it ? According to Wiki Rugy is the fastest growing sport
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Rugby participation in the US has grown significantly in recent years, growing by 350% between 2004 and 2011.[21] A 2010 survey by the National Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association ranked rugby as the fastest growing sport in the US.[22]
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Soccer, although not as popular in the U.S. as certain American sports such as baseball and American football, has been increasing in popularity in recent years. Soccer is played by over 13 million people in the U.S., making it the third most played sport in the U.S.
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Old 02-19-2014, 03:20 PM
 
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Participation numbers don't matter. For decades more people have played soccer than football yet the NFL is hands down the most popular sports league in this country and has been for over a decade.
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: IL
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Where are you getting the participation decline information in it ? According to Wiki Rugy is the fastest growing sport


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Sports in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There was a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, right before the superbowl, about youth articipation in sports. That's what i was referencing. They only looked at people up to age 18 and I can't rememeber the sources, but some youth soccer group confirmed the decline in youth participation, saying it was expected due to the huge boom over the previous decade making it the 2nd most played youth sport in our country (after basketball).
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:53 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Allow tackling and decrease the size of the field.
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Decrease the size of the field ? Wtf ? What do you mean allow attacking ?
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Old 02-21-2014, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Allow tackling and decrease the size of the field.
good idea but you could achieve the same thing by using bigger players
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:36 PM
 
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Where are you getting the participation decline information in it ? According to Wiki Rugy is the fastest growing sport


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Sports in the United States - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
These "fastest growing sport" statistics don't really look at things qualitatively. They are just looking at how many kids used to play sport X and then looking at how many play it now. Then they do the math and have a percentage. In reality it could be that 100 kids played Rugby 2010 and 200 play it now. It doesn't mean Rugby is popular.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Portland, Oregon
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1. Most watched EPL game in America happened on a Sunday in January 2014 (1.01 share), which was on at something like 8AM PST...primetime viewing...I was at church with the kids. I remember, because there were two boys in front of me one wearing the chelsea home jersey and the other had the away jersey on.
http://www.awfulannouncing.com/2014/january/nhl-epl-doing-well-for-nbc.html

2. MLS has a TV viewership problem, that is for sure. MLS is getting people to the stadium, but not on the TV.

3. About the participation decline in soccer, I gave my views on that. Short story: The general trend of kids not playing sports, increasing options, and the end of the participation boom and onto normalization. Lacrosse is a tiny sport, so seeing big increases is not surprising...and don't get me wrong, I am glad to see an increase in that sport, and I think participation will grow in the future. Football participation did decline also in the same period, but that seems slightly popular.
I think MLS has done a great job making it easy and attractive to go to their games which help the stadiums fill up. No one wants to watch a game on TV that has empty stands, that is just sad to watch. I do think it is time for the MLS to start pushing for some form of tv deal on a more basic channel, even if it is only televising the bigger match ups, though having two channels with one playing the local game and one to play the big match up would be good.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:28 AM
 
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I think MLS just did get a better TV deal, I cannot remember the specifics of it though. I think each club will end up with an extra 3 million a year because of it if I remember correctly. I dont pay much attention to TV deals as I subscribe to MLS Live for the games.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:15 AM
 
Location: IL
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I think MLS just did get a better TV deal, I cannot remember the specifics of it though. I think each club will end up with an extra 3 million a year because of it if I remember correctly. I dont pay much attention to TV deals as I subscribe to MLS Live for the games.
Yeah, I think you got the numbers right. Also, on an minor note, I shot a note to the Chicago Fire complaining that I can't watch the Fire on a local channel and they said that they will be broadcasting this year on a local. That is a step forward, although the channel is a minor one.
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