- Dec 1, 2000
Nani off at the half hour, aggregating the injury he just recovered from.
Speaking of U.S. television, there’s good news on the MLS viewership front. ABC and ESPN are averaging 384,000 viewers for their broadcasts, up 50% over last year and 39% over 2019. Fox and FS1 are averaging 231,000 viewers, up 14% over last year and 1% over 2019, with FS1 specifically (185,000 viewers per game) having its best season since 2015.
Univision and UniMás’ games in Spanish are averaging 302,000 viewers, up 21% over last year and 26% over 2019, with UniMás specifically (307,000 viewers) averaging its best-ever MLS season.
That is incredible.TV ratings for the ASG are illuminating:
So I hear a lot of talk about a future MLS/Liga MX merger, and I can absolutely envision some kind of North American soccer World Series based on these numbers. I know that the CONCACAF Champions League is designed to fill this niche, but if the two leagues developed an AL/NL kind of model (pre-wild card), where they were distinct associations playing under the same rules but overseen by the same governing body, it might be in the best interests of both.TV ratings for the ASG are illuminating:
I'm driving up from Portland for it too. Going to make for a long day, leaving around 11am, probably home at 2am.As an aside, I'm going to a pretty cool doubleheader on Sunday. OL Reign vs the Portland Thorns and Sounders vs. Timbers.
Indeed. Reports from Sam Stejskal of the Athletic are that the guaranteed part of Juarez's contract expires at the end of the year, but that RSL has an option for 2022. It sounds like the club doesn't love him, and RSL is for sale and the new owner may well clean house anyway.The RSL coach resigned with his team in sixth in the West to become ... an assistant in Seattle. That's pretty freaking weird.