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By J Hutcherson (May 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - There's been plenty of talk about the pro sports footprint in North America. A league like MLS has spent considerable time trying to expand theirs, but even the bigger leagues with 30 teams have plenty to consider.

The NFL opened the Jacksonville market and moved a team to Nashville and nobody followed.

Defending The Playoffs

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 14, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Maybe I'm alone in this, but my response to the final day of the 2011-12 Premier League was that playoffs are still the way to go. Part of that was probably because I spent the better part of the afternoon watching playoff games in the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League's version the day before.

Of Guest Posts and Mountaintops

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Guest Post: I have Been to the Mountaintop: Rethinking Success for MLS

On the road tonight, so here is an encore of the most popular guest post in Footiebusiness history. The original generated a significant amount of comments. Back live on Monday.

Once again, we are fortunate to have a guest post from Dave Laidig.

Guest Post: I have Been to the Mountaintop: Rethinking Success for MLS

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Once again, we are fortunate to have a guest post from Dave Laidig. Dave is a contracts attorney for a large corporation who occasionally submits posts about soccer. He resides in Minnesota, which is not an MLS market. And he may be a little bitter about that. Thanks to Dave for some great thoughts and insight.

Younger fans' passion bodes well for U.S. soccer's future

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From the Evansville Courier Press, April 10, 2011

I watched our U.S. national team take on Paraguay in an international "friendly" in Nashville last week. The U.S. lost 1-0 in a game that typifies and frustrates about the game of soccer all at the same time — it probably is the only sport where one team can dominate yet lose.

Ex-Liverpool owner Gillett sued by US hedge fund

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NEW YORK, NY- George Gillett, the former owner of the Liverpool soccer club in the English Premier League, has been sued by a U.S. hedge fund that accused him of failing to repay $117.2 million of debt. In a lawsuit naming Gillett and 12 affiliates, Mill Financial LLC contended that the company set up by [.

Major League Soccer

Bethlehem Steel FC isn't a farm team in the traditional sense

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The rules differ between Major League Soccer and the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball - if the rules exist at all.

When Bethlehem Steel FC kicks off their inaugural season this spring, they will be the third lower division sports team in the Lehigh Valley with ties to a major league club, joining the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms in hockey and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of minor league baseball's International League.

The NHL Comes Back…Soccer Thoughts

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The National Hockey League is set to return to the ice after a prolonged lockout. This is big news for the league's second biggest television partner, NBC Sports. Hockey is the NBC Sports Network's biggest live sports property and necessary programming for the fledgling channel. With Sunday Night Football done for the season, hockey is the sole prominent sports platform that the Peacock can use to promote Major League Soccer to reach large audiences around the country.

Vancouver-Montreal game draws record audience

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MLS continues to grow, and not only are they drawing large crowds at the turnstyles, but also large TV audiences as well.

Saturday's Vancouver-Montreal game was the most-watched MLS game ever in Canada, drawing an average audience of 541,000 viewers for the Impact's debut game on TSN (288,000) and RDS (253,000), according to BBM Canada.

Ex-Union TV Analyst Kyle Martino Officially Joins NBC'S MLS Broadcast Team

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The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) announced today, through a press release, the hiring of Kyle Martino as lead analyst for the television network's first season broadcast Major League Soccer (MLS) games.

"I am very excited to be joining a company with such a rich sports history," said Martino in the press release.

Why no-one is laughing at the MLS anymore

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Why no-one is laughing at the MLS anymore

In the past month two interesting developments occurred in the field of North American sport (or ‘sports', as it is known on the continent to our left). The first came last week when the National Basketball Association and its players were unable to find agreement on an ongoing labour dispute that has already cost the league the first month of its season.

American Soccer Grows - the proof is in the stats

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U.S. Major League Soccer has eclipsed both the NBA and the National Hockey League in terms of average attendance at games — a feat that explains why Fox and Telemundo just paid an incredible $1 billion for the rights to broadcast the Word Cup in 2018 and 2022.

That price was more than twice what ESPN and Univision paid to broadcast the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

Be Good To Us "MLS on NBC", We've Been Hurt Before

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Hey NBC... the FBM Graphic Department is for hire.Well that certainly was nice of you, National Broadcasting Corporation. And unexpected we may add. We caught wind (more than a wind... perhaps gale-force the way the Inter-Net-Blogo-Sphere responded) that you showed a fancy little Major League Soccer teaser video during a pre-season throwball game on Sunday.

Repeated concussions gives MLS Pause

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Logan's (injury) Run: The Chicago Fire's Logan Pause, seen here in a 2010 file photo, will try to forestall another concussion beginning with Saturday's game in Carson against Chivas USA (AP Photo).

Veteran defender Jimmy Conrad of Chivas USA is the latest local MLS player to miss a string of games because of hard to shake concussion symptoms.

Silent Stan Set to Make His Move?

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Arsenal's ownership structure, unlike that of most of our competitor clubs, has been held by a plurality of shareholders, making management by the board of directors a much more democratic process. According to many sources, tomorrow that may all be about to change.

Everyone is reporting that "Silent Stan" Kroenke is set to launch a takeover bid.

GRAPHIC - Major League Soccer's International Flavor

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Courtesy of MLSSoccer.com the league release this neato map of the where and who of all the international players in Major League Soccer.

The results? While 280 players are from the ol' U.S. of A. another 184 players call 57 other countries home. These stats make MLS the most diverse league in all of American professional sports.

Could The Window Be Cracked For American Soccer?

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From The Americano

Mid-July 2011.

What is the significance of this date?

That's when training camps for the 2011-12 NFL season would open. For the first time since 1987 however, the National Football League may experience a work stoppage due to the expiration of their Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association.

Moving Teams

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US Soccer Players' Tony Edwards looks to the National Hockey League for long-term lessons on expansion and team relocation. Could Major League Soccer be setting itself up for similar problems in pursuit of television ratings? By Tony Edwards - SAN JOSE, CA (Dec 17, 2010) US Soccer Players --For a long time, we've heard that Major League Soccer needs to expand its national footprint and that the League is not in enough of the top.

Washington DC

What The Winter Classic Means For American Soccer

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 2, 2012) US Soccer Players -- Later today, the National Hockey League will put on their annual version of what hockey would be like if it returned to an era that never really existed for professionals. The game played outdoors... with the addition of a full and modern Major League Baseball stadium.

What MLS Allows

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By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 5, 2011) US Soccer Players -- Once upon a time, there was a North American professional sports league that decided it was alright for a physical version of its game to become the norm. What made this odd was the league in question was the only one where actual fights were commonplace.

The Rest

Soccer Business Bits: More Soccer on TV, Spanish TV & More

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Hurting for live programming with because of the ongoing labor issues in the National Hockey League, the NBC Sports Network announced that it will pick up two additional MLS matches in coming days. According to the official press release, "NBC Sports Group will add two regular season MLS games this month to its soccer schedule beginning this Wednesday with coverage of Seattle Sounders vs.

Norfolk SharX name Jim Gooley General Manager

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Norfolk SharX Press Release:


SHARX NAME JIM GOOLEY GENERAL MANAGER Lucy Gimbel named Director of Operations Troy Catindig named Director of Group Sales


Norfolk, Virginia – The Norfolk SharX are pleased to announce that Jim Gooley has joined the staff as General Manager.

EPL has hit maintstream US television market

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European club soccer is one of the fastest-growing televised sports in the United States, reports Sam Mamudi. Three Premier League games on ESPN this season have garnered more than 500,000 viewers, according to Nielsen Co. February's Premier League game between Chelsea and Liverpool was the most-watched broadcast in Fox Soccer Channel's history, with an average audience of 418,000.