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NBC to air six live EPL games a week

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Via ESPN and Associated Press:

LONDON NBC's networks will televise the English Premier League under a $250 million, three-year deal that begins next season.

They will show every match from the world's most popular soccer league, taking coverage away from Fox and ESPN.

Goals, Goals, and More MLS Goals

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Article by Leanne Elston

Quantifying the entertainment value of a soccer league is, obviously, difficult. You might want to look at attendance, because people tend to show up to events they find entertaining. You might want to look at disciplinary statistics, because games with a lot of cards can be pretty entertaining in a trainwreck sort of way.

The Soccer Hater

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Still on the road...so here is the next part in our 2009 "Bringing the Fans" series. This post looks at the "soccer hater" and asks whether they are a desirable target audience for MLS. Did the World Cup change some minds? We should be back posting live Monday morning. The next part in this series should run tomorrow.

Where Is The Referee Improvement In MLS?

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3 Red Cards. A fight. A penalty retaken. These things, when combined, might be seen in one full weekend of action in any other soccer league in the world. Yet it all happened in a single night of Major League Soccer action. ...

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Bringing the Fans: Video Games

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On the road, so no Monday After today. Instead, here is a favorite post from a long time back about the power of video games.

At about the same time I was wrapping up high school in the early 1990′s, SEGA was the premier video game system. Arguably the most popular game of that period was the EA Sports hockey.

Musket Rounds: US Open Cup Final, Urso Tributes, Women's Soccer League, And More

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Good afternoon and welcome to today's Musket Rounds. Forgive me if the preamble is short; I've got a busy day ahead of me at work today. This edition of the Rounds features a lot of Open Cup news, as well as some good stuff on the American women's professional soccer front, a few odds and ends from the New England Revolution, and much more.

Holiday Finale: Bringing the Fans

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Our final post of the holiday week brings Part III of our 2009 Bringing the Fans Series. It was three years ago that we first raised the issue of bringing soccer fans into the hold. The presence of those fans has recently been confirmed by the great ratings for Euro 2012. Can MLS capture that audience?

Happy Independence Day

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I hope everyone enjoyed their 4th of July celebrations. There was plenty of MLS action for those with access to TSN, MLS Live or DirectKick. We are still celebrating, so here is post from the Footiebuisiness vault dating back from 2009.

Back in 2009, we took a look at how teams were looking to increase the amount of fans coming out to the stadiums.

Because It Never Gets Old

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From the June 27, 1994 issue of The Sporting News comes this story on the new soccer league that would start up less than two years later.

Yeah, loud wrong.

Aaaaaaaaaand, We’re Back

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No, I haven't given up on MLS. Things were just a bit too crazy between AP's, finals, the ACT, the SAT, and Euro 2012. Rest assured, though, the MLS Offside is back in business, and will continue to be throughout my time in Spain (yeah, I'm leaving today for a 5 week visit).

I haven't posted in two months, leaving me a ton of ground to cover.

Union To Play Rochester Rhinos In Third Round Of US Open Cup On May 29

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Last night's Lamar Hunt US Open Cup results left the Rochester Rhinos as the Philadelphia Union's opponent in the third round of the 2012 edition of the long running competition.

The Rhinos beat fellow New York club the Brooklyn Italians 3-0 to advance forward in the USOC. The United Soccer Leagues PRO team will now face the Union at PPL Park on May 29, the first every home game in the USOC for Philadelphia.

arena soccer

Sacramento Surge join PASL as sixth expansion team

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9/7/12 - The Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) announced the Sacramento Surge have joined the league as the sixth expansion team for the 2012/13 season. The Surge is owned by Airrick Harvey, a...

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PASL Adds Rockford Rampage

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Rockford Rampage Added to PASL Lineup 8/21/12 - The Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) announced the Rockford Rampage have joined the league for the 2012/13 season. The...

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American soccer

R.I.P Andy Mate

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CONCACAF has confirmed that US National Team player Andy Mate died on May 13th at the age of 72. Mate had one cap with the National Team, appearing in the 1964 game against England. During that era, the National Team rarely played. That lone game in 1964 was the first for the team since 1960. Mate played his club soccer in the German American Soccer League in the 1960's, and was key to New York.

The Summer of Soccer: Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League

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I spent a good part of my middle school and all of my high school years on Cape Cod. During that time, you forget everything that people tell you about that particular community. You don't notice the ideal scenery or the tranquility. You ignore the smell of the beach and the breeze that keeps temperatures moderate years round.

The Summer of Soccer: Cape Cod Amateur Soccer League

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I spent a good part of my middle school and all of my high school years on Cape Cod. During that time, you forget everything that people tell you about that particular community. You don't notice the ideal scenery or the tranquility. You ignore the smell of the beach and the breeze that keeps temperatures moderate years round.

Brilliant Messi Stars In Thriller In New York

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The Argentina v Brazil game at MetLife Stadium yesterday had been billed as a battle between Lionel Messi and Neymar. But it turned into the Messi show as the Barcelona star dazzled the 81,994 in attendance with an incredible halt-trick as Argentina beat their bitter rivals 4-3.

This was Messi's last game of the season, and what a historical season it was as he scored an unprecedented 82 goals for club and in 2011-12.

War Story

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While we're in the middle of all this talk about the US Open Cup, here's a little piece of history: a story from the Newark Sunday Call from October 5, 1924. What was then called the National Challenge Cup was just getting underway, but some of the country's top pro teams from the American Soccer League weren't competing because of a dispute over gate receipts "scheduling.

Barcelona Win Copa del Rey In Guardiola’s Last Game

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Barcelona provided Pep Guardiola with the perfect sendoff by routing Athletic Bilbao 3-0 in the Copa del Rey final on Friday night, the club's 14th trophy in four seasons under its most successful coach.

Pedro Rodriguez scored in the third and 25th minutes, and Lionel Messi ended his record-setting season with his 73rd goal in the 20th minute.

German clubs that came before

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The earliest internationals in Philadelphia involved English clubs such as the Pilgrims and the Corinthians, teams imbued with the spirit of amateurism who embarked on North American tours between 1905 and 1911 that were motivated both by the desire to show Americans how the game of soccer was meant to be played and to make money.

Messi Stars In Guardiola Farewell

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Lionel Messi's four goals helped Barcelona to a big win over city rivals Espanyol Saturday while Atletico Madrid boosted their Champions League hopes.

Messi was at his brilliant best scoring all of Barca's goals, and his third of the day, from a classy run and finish past Espanyol stopper Cristian Alvarez in the second half, gave him 50 league goals for the season.

Chelsea

BigFourZa & Slum Soccer Predictor

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The European Championships are here and BigFourZa has decided to enter the fray in our own style. We have a number of things lined up for you and today we bring to you the first of many; an awesome predictor game with a dollop of goodwill involved.

As you might already know, BFZ has been quite seriously involved with the charity Slum Soccer Refresh your memory here and our good friends are in a fundraising race organized by streetfootballworld

We would like you to invoke the Carlton Palmer in you and predict the results of the Euro 2012 matches by playing the BigFourZa & Slum Soccer League in the Euro Predictor on the website Just UNITED.

Barcelona – All the Possessions, Get Robbed

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Barcelona have all the possessions. 75% of the play, hundreds of passes, gold ingots embossed with Messi and his ilk. All that treasure waiting to be robbed. It's a perfect plot for some good old London gangsters to exploit. Today, Chelsea burgled the Catalans, stealing the goal in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final in England's capital.

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New Name and Logo for Womens Soccer League

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The National Women's Soccer League is a new league that will begin play in the spring of 2013. They currentlyrun afacebookand twitterpage@NWSL_soccer. A league web page will follow later.

Via Foxsoccer.com:National Women's Soccer League will be the name of the new league run by the U.

Sounders Women Issue Statement On Future Of Team

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At this point the rumors of a new pro women's soccer league are quite strong. Calling them only rumors is a caveat used here because of the odd nature of the launch - no name, only four named cities of eight, claims of five named teams. There is a strong curiosity in the greater Puget Sound about the Sounders Women and their future.

Union Freekicks - New plans to bring back Women's Professional Soccer

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New professional league announces plans for 2013 season

Thanks to phillyhoosfan for the link. It seems like another womans soccer league is sprouting up in the North America. Currently 8 teams are going to be apart of the league, but only four have finalized the deal. I wonder if philly is one?

Off and On and Off and On

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Photo: Gary S. HowellBut who cares, because look what's back:

Top Teams Finalizing the Formation of Women's Soccer League

Soccer Business Bits: Mid-Day Fun, Smart Soccer & More

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The Red Bulls hosted the Chicago Fire before a reported crowd of 15k plus on Wednesday. What made the game unique was the mid-day, weekday start time. With temperatures near 100 degrees, the game was played in searing in heat at Red Bull Arena. In baseball it is quite common for teams to play mid-week camp day or businessmen special matches, but not in soccer.

Portuguese Beach Footballer Suffers Utterly Sickening Double Knee Rupture (Gruesome Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, during a Euro Beach Soccer League game a week or so ago, Portugal's Bruno Torres suffers a sickening double knee rupture after falling awkwardly while attempting to block an acrobatic effort from the Spanish striker.

BE WARNED: TORRES' INJURY IS TRULY HORRIFIC.

WPS Folds After 3 Year Stint and Lots of Problems

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The WPS Officially announced on Friday they have played their last game and the league has folded. The league had been rumored to be in trouble for the past two years after several teams folded in 2011. It's the second professional women's soccer league to fold. The WUSA ran from 2000-2003 before folding.