Major League Soccer

Soccer Business Bits: USA Television, NBC TV & More

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The US National Team plays a pair of important qualifiers over the next few days facing Jamaica in the rare international home and home. What makes the games an interesting business story is the television availability of the games in the United States. Recall that the last away US qualifier was only available via on demand.

GolTV Wins Right To Broadcast U.S. Open Cup Final

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At long last we know for sure that next Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup final between the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City will be nationally televised. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it will be available to everyone. In a bit of a surprise, GolTV has won the right to broadcast the Open Cup final.

Monday After

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Strange weekend for the middle of a Major League Soccer campaign. With World Cup qualifying and the Euro 2012 taking center stage, there was only one MLS match over the last couple of days. Perhaps the biggest soccer match in the United States over the weekend featured Argentina and Brazil in a much hyped friendly between the two South American powers.

Soccer Business Bits: Whitehouse Visit, Behind the Scenes

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Tuesday was the date for the annual meeting between Major League Soccer's defending champions and the President of the United States. The meeting always generates publicity for the league, but the 2012 version was even more high profile than usual. This visit included such big names as David Beckham and Landon Donovan.

Monday After

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Some quick thoughts before we get to the Major League Soccer attendance. First, I've started to see promotions for MLS during the NBC broadcasts of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As previously noted, the hockey games draw huge eyeballs and regular promotions should drive some traffic to NBSCN telecasts of soccer.

Footiebusiness Vault: Interview with Larry Tiscornia

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We are on the road tonight, so here is a vault piece from the start of last season. This was part of our series that looked at the art of televising soccer.

The Major League Soccer 2011 season got started on Tuesday night with a nationally broadcast match carried by ESPN. Fans of all sports are frequently critical of the television presentation of sports events and soccer fans are no different.

Roundtable: MLS Year 17

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Our Major League Soccer experts Jason Davis, Tony Edwards, and Justin Shaffer answer five questions for the new MLS season. The MLS schedule starts Saturday with games available regionally, moving to nationally available broadcasts Sunday and a Monday night game on ESPN2. What's your top story in 2012?

Corner: Advertising Channels

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With Fox committed to the Premier League and no longer involved nationally in the business of Major League Soccer, how does an MLS team get involved in what Fox is doing with their live Premier League broadcasts? After all, it's not as if the show itself is likely to address MLS news. Simple, they buy advertising.

Ross Fletcher and Kasey Keller Form Two Man Booth For Sounders Broadcasts

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The hunt for Arlo White's replacement ends with Kasey Keller announced as the analyst and Ross Fletcher (formerly of BBC Sport) hired as the new voice of Seattle Sounders FC. Oddly enough Fletcher lived just minutes away from White in the East Midlands. The transition back to a two-man booth will be smoothed by the presence of a man that Fletcher simply calls a "hero.

MLS Cup Potpurri: Cup Ratings, Harkes Signs Off & More

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Before we delve into the MLS off season, here are some business notes from MLS Cup and the entire soccer weekend. We'll start with the MLS Cup overnight rating, which was reported by SBJ on Twitter as a .8. To put that number in perspective, the .8 is double the 2010 rating but slightly less than the 2009 rating.

MLS on NBC Pursuing Arlo White, Other National Broadcasting Changes

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In what comes as little surprise Grant Wahl reports that NBC Sports is pursuing Arlo White as their primary play-by-play man for their first season covering MLS and the United States national team. NBC isn't stupid and, like Sounders fans, feels that Arlo is one of the best voices in soccer right now.

Galaxy Strike New TV Deal

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According to a story that broke in the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday evening, the Galaxy are set to announce a 10 year, $55 million deal with two new Time Warner Regional Sports networks to televise Galaxy games. The new networks (one in Spanish and the other in English) are fighting for content in the crowded LA Sports market and this deal guarantees live programming from March to October.

Footiebusiness Vault: Interview with Larry Tiscornia

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We are on the road tonight, so here is a vault piece from earlier in the season. This was part of our series that looked at the art of televising soccer.

The Major League Soccer 2011 season got started on Tuesday night with a nationally broadcast match carried by ESPN. Fans of all sports are frequently critical of the television presentation of sports events and soccer fans are no different.

Bobby Rhine, RIP

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Former FC Dallas player and current broadcaster Bobby Rhine passed away last night after suffering a heart attack at the age of 35. He played over 200 games for the MLS team over his 10-year career, and moved into the front office and later match commentary post-playing career. I heard his broadcasts a few times and he seemed to be coming into his own as a commentator.

English Premier League

Fox Soccer Makes a Move

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Just a few quick hits from around the world of Fox Soccer. First, the television network has inked a deal with CONCACAF to serve as the television home of the Gold Cup and the Champions League for the next four years. At Fox's discretion, it can also stream the matches over its website. According to Soccer By Ives, the rights last thorough the 2015/16 event.

Manchester United-Arsenal game draws 1.3M

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The first live telecast of an English Premier League game on a United States over-the-air network was seen by 1.3 million viewers last weekend, more than double the high for previous broadcasts on cable television.

Fox says Thursday that Manchester United's 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday received a 0.

Arsenal-United on Fox to be USA's first live Premier League network broadcast

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Sunday will mark a significant milestone in the progession of soccer in America.Â

When Fox airs the Arsenal-Manchester United match at 11 a.m., it will be the first live Premier League broadcast in the United States on network television.

The Premier League vs Karen Murphy: A No Score Draw

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The result, in the end, was something approaching an honorable draw, which both sides of this particular argument will now likely try to claim as a victory. The Premier League vs Karen Murphy had gone to the European Court of Justice to try and determine how the concept of a single European market weighs up against the country by country rights selling system which, amongst many, many others, the Premier League uses to sell coverage of its matches.


Soccer Business Bits: Champions League & NBC Content

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Fox Soccer is about to continue its ongoing coverage of the CONCACAF Champions League. The coverage takes on new meaning given the recent signing of the Versus/MLS deal and diminishing role Fox soccer has within MLS. Â As we said last Summer, Fox pours significant resources into televising an event that has yet to interest a significant portion of American Soccer Fans.

The Monday After

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Big week and weekend of games in MLS, so we'll start right in with a look at attendance. Starting with the Monday game, more than 20k were in KC for the Galaxy and Sporting match. 16k came to PPL Park for the thrilling 4-4 draw with the Revs. The game was rescheduled from a couple of weeks ago when Hurricane Irene blitzed through the Northeast.


In which the IOC suppresses access to the women's game

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International tournaments give fans a chance to see women players from around the world in action. People who only watch the men's game have little idea what this means for us. In the men's game, you can see the best players whenever you want. They are on TV 24/7. They are in advertisements, they get whole sections of some newspapers even when they aren't doing a thing.

The Monday After

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Less than two weeks until First Kick and the pace of preseason is starting to pick up. The various tournaments started up over the weekend with offering high quality streaming of matches. Various team Twitter accounts used the matches as an opportunity to reach out to fans by providing updates and play-by-play of the games.

Houston Dynamo

Let's go to the tape: A look back at the Dynamo's win over DC United

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After reading Ginge's comments about Galavision in the previous post, I was resigned to thinking that the highlight package would also be in Spanish. Not that I don't like Spanish broadcasts of the Houston Dynamo, and as I wrote in the comments thread, listening to the Galavision guys on repeated references using the players' full names, like "Robert Alan Boswell," "Geoffrey Scott Cameron" and "Bradley Joseph Davis," was beyond awesome.

All Dynamo All the Time

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This weekend, the Houston Dynamo will open the 12th soccer specific facility in the league, BBVA Compass Stadium. In honor of the event, today's post will focus on the Dynamo. Before we get to the stadium, the team has just announced a new partner. The team's new official energy partner is Direct Energy.

The Rest

Cafe Calcio: The Street Pharmacists Guide To Football – An Introduction

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A new season of the radio show and podcast Café Calcio begins in a couple of weeks, and we'll be bringing you a series in association with it. First of all, though, a brief introduction, and here's co-host Chris Roberts to tell us all about it.

Every show in the new season of Café Calcio broadcast on Resonance 104.

THE STARTING 11: New TFC excuses

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Coronal Mass Ejection! 1-0 Philadelphia.If you listen to any Toronto FC home broadcasts or read any missive from official club releases you can be forgiven for thinking The Reds are the only MLS club to travel by plane or play in harsh weather. No matter who has been coaching, the make-up of the squad or the club's form, somehow six years of losses and awful performances (see here) are excused by "fatigue", "harsh conditions" and/or "a transition period".

Soccer Business Bits: French Opening, Fenway Football & More

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In the wake of Dave's intellectual discussion from yesterday, here are a few mundane business notes. In an item from last week, the SBJ reported that Comcast Spectator and its Front Row Marketing subsidiary are promoting the French Trophee des Champions to Red Bull Arena to open the Ligue 1 2012/2013 season.

Martino will not call the game in a conventional sense. Instead, he will occupy a role "Between the...

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Martino will not call the game in a conventional sense. Instead, he will occupy a role "Between the Benches" during matches with White remaining in the broadcast booth. From this vantage point, Martino is expected to provide unique field level insight in addition to game analysis. NBC currently employs a similar technique during their hockey coverage, using an "Inside the Glass" analyst.

Tune in to 76.25MHz to watch S.League "Live" matches on TV

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(The entry is formulated based on the transcript of the media release issued by Starhub, the official broadcaster of the S.League 2012)

StarHub, the Official Broadcaster of the S.League, is extending its ‘live' match coverage to everyone (including non-StarHub subscribers) via frequency 76.

Glory Glory Leeds #214 now available @ CSRN

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Well, I promised it and here it IS A MERRY CHRISTMAS SHOW for all my listeners!!! Just some LUFC gossip and updates and a much happier part two, for this week's broadcasts! Interviews with the manager (who hasn't been sacked since the first part of this show), about the loan window and Howson's injury.

WPS - Save It, Or Start Over

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Women's Pro Soccer may not be failing, but it is in danger. Their sanction is in doubt as there are only five teams in the league for 2012. There is a lawsuit against WPS from a former team owner. While attendance was significantly up after the Women's World Cup there is an issue about revenue not being greater than costs.

QPR Report Wednesday Update

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Birthday for QPR's Brilliant Winger, Dave Thomas
- Throughout the day, the QPR Report Messageboard has news updates, comments and perspectives - even links to other board comments of interest re QPR matters (on and off the field) along with football (and ONLY football) topics in general.