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Old 06-24-2014, 01:24 AM   #1341
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Old 06-24-2014, 11:13 AM   #1342
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Hahaha I just saw three guys in downtown Columbia running with American speedos and American flags. They were running a mile for every goal the USA has scored in the World Cup everyday until we are out of the tourney. They got a lot of horn honks and go USA's


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http://www.mlssoccer.com/worldcup/20...ampaign=Unpaid



So much for the "No one cares about soccer" crowd.
No one cares about soccer in the US [until the World Cup comes around]. Until people get into every possible event, Gold Cup, friendlies, WC qualifying, MLS, hell even other leagues (BPL, Bundesliga, etc) soccer is still going to be behind all of the other "big" sports.

Don't get me wrong, soccer is my FAVORITE sport. I'd take it over Gamecock football any day and I don't care what any of you think about that. I can admit I originally got into soccer because of the World Cup (WC 2002 when I was 14) but it grew into watching BPL and any soccer event I could find. When the WC is over the majority of all of these "fans" you are seeing will just go back to bashing soccer in defense of football, basketball, baseball, etc.

I'm a skeptic when it comes to people saying soccer is growing in this country, but I hope I can transition into the cautiously optimistic phase eventually.
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Agree with above. The World Cup is something completely different.

The 2014 champions league final had 1.9 million people view it.
The most recent MLS cup (which was in Dec of 2013) had 505k people watch it.
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Marchisio was just sent off. Italy down to 10 men. Hoo boy.
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Old 06-24-2014, 02:02 PM   #1346
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No one cares about soccer in the US [until the World Cup comes around]. Until people get into every possible event, Gold Cup, friendlies, WC qualifying, MLS, hell even other leagues

I'm a skeptic when it comes to people saying soccer is growing in this country, but I hope I can transition into the cautiously optimistic phase eventually.

The bold statement is among the top 3 most ignorant statements I hear and I despise because it's a lazy ass answer that's been regurgitated from some mid-90 journalist who has wet dreams about the day he met Babe Ruth Dude...

step back from the ledge...and let the numbers set you free


Then let's talk League vs League instead of league vs World Cup....

Let's talk $$ deals:

NFL 9 yr $27.9 Billion
NBA 8 yr $7.5 Billion
MLB 8 yr $12.4 BIllion
NHL 10 yr $2 Billion
MLS 8 yr $600 million


So, the MLS get's 2% of the NFLs deal and 20 % of what he NHL makes



Top 3 NFL national average attendance: 71,000
Top 3 MLB national average attendance: 29,000
Top 3 NHL national average attendance: 19,000
Top 3 NBA national average attendance: 18,000
Top 3 MLS national average attendance: 23,000---and I DIDN'T COUNT SEATTLE who AVERAGES 40,000 OR Canadian cities who average 23k This is LA, Real SL, Portland FC


So the MLS averages 30% of the NFL and 127% of the NHL attendance


And now, some basic mathematics.

Age of the leagues:
MLB - 145 yrs
NHL - 97 yrs
NFL - 94 yrs
NBA - 68 yrs
MLS - 19 yrs


Size of the leagues:
MLB-30
NHL-30
NFL-32
NBA - 30
MLS- 19

Just barely half the amount of teams and therefore less markets

Not counting the new teams...The MLS average attendance is rising by a 4 continual year growth average of 8.79%...Wish my mutual funds hit that....

NFL attendance has declined by 4.5% since 2007
MLB attendance has declined by 8% since 2007
NBA attendance has declined by 1% since 2007
NHL attendance has grown by ~2% since 2007

So to review:

LAUGHABLY less money is coming in.
The MLS is FAR younger

Didn't mention this but some major markets missing: Arizona, Miami, Charlotte...Atlanta and Orlando are coming 17,16 respectively.

It IS growing.

If no one cares, no one invests....they're investing. Houston Dynamo have a 110 million stadium...14 of 19 teams play in soccer specific stadiums...2 more MAJOR markets have already been awarded teams.

Embrace it and watch it grow.
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Marchisio was just sent off. Italy down to 10 men. Hoo boy.
Uruguay has to take advantage of that.
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The TV ratings of the MLS are not good.

Sure you can say it's growing but still it's at the level of no one caring.
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So, Englands young talent looks promising. Shaw, Sturridge look like they could become superstars
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Here's what every team needs to do to advance: http://screamer.deadspin.com/what-ev...nce-1595299848
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oh joy another 16+ minutes of time wasting.
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Verratti hauled off in the plastic half-casket. I still don't know what to make of those things. They're so awkward.
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I think Sturridge is already, he scored 21 goals this year.
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Uhhhhhh, did Suarez just bite AGAIN?
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The biter bites!
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Suarez just bit Chellini! Lol
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And there's the goal for Uruguay. Italy's noose has been tightened.
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AAAHAAH I saw him bite, I can die in peace!!
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AAAHAAH I saw him bite, I can die in peace!!
What? Missed the first two times? Lol
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Can FIFA ban him if the ref didn't see it?
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