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Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by kingjackdaniel, Nov 16, 2004.
Any word yet on TV viewership?
Why do we schedule this against the NFL?
Good game though.
By MLS standards, the game did respectably well in Kansas City:
I don't think the ratings really reflect how many PEOPLE watched the game. Most fans tend to get together and watch as groups. So considering the small fanbase of MLS, ratings may not be a good reflection of what the real numbers are.
Talk about getting out in front of bad news.
That may be true of more popular sports but that is clearly not the norm for MLS.
Why are we trying to put forth excuses before the news even comes out?
If you were wondering whether going up against the NFL had an impact, there's some evidence.
This is fascinating, too. There are only a handful of people who would watch a championship game on TV that wouldn't pay MLS's "exhorbitant prices" to watch an ordinary, regular season contest?
Since, by definition, a high percentage of the people watching this game were hard-core types, I would think a Championship Final in MLS would be at least as social an activity as a regular season NFL game, and probably much more than your average golfing contest.
USA Today reported the game as a national 0.8
How many MLS Cup watch parties were you invited to on Sunday?
higher than last yr
I had to turn a lot of em down. It was a choice between the Victorias Secret party and the Swedish Bikini Team Party. I was torn.
Still a long way from the point where MLS can ask for any non-negligible TV revenue, though.
We have got a long way to go still.
I don't have the link but USA Today had the weekend ratings for the top sporting events and the MLS Cup finish last by a mile.
NFL 15.6 & 10.7
college football 3.5 & 2.5
MlS Cup .8
Did anyone expect any different? This looks like about what I would expect. What was the rating last year?
to bad for the . in front of the 8
we seem to be stuck , 1.5 would be an achivement
I've been asking around to different ABC affiliates. Mostly I went with the cities in the expansion forum, some other known expansion city possibilities and then Dallas.
OKC - .3/1 Share
Cleveland - Wouldn't give me the exact number but said it was less than a share.
San Antonio - .9/1 Share
As the others come in I'll post them. I'm still waiting on Dallas, Houston, Rochester, Portland, Seattle, Philly and SLC.
One of the things the interests me is that normal, some people who don't regulary follow a sport will usually tune in for the final or event game like the MLS Cup final. I really think it was a case of if you weren't looking for it you'd never have found out about it.
Hopefully Adidas will be able to help out next year when they're spending their own money to advertise their products via MLS. If Adidas present the Cup Final next year then maybe they'll spend some of their own dough to advertise more than MLS ever could.
If you can find out DC as well that would be interesting, I'd like to see how the game did considering it was up directly against the Redskins game.
1.0 in the NYC area (per Star-Ledger).
It's the only time we can get on ESPN/ABC, who of course have wall to wall college football on Saturday. If you want MLS Cup on a Saturday, hope for a contract with FOX (the network), as they're the only major network that doesn't show college football (and baseball and NASCAR can be scheduled around I'd think).
I'll see what I can do.
Well, NBC only shows one game, Notre Dame vs whoever that week.
Well, obviously baseball would be easy to schedule around for the final if we kept playing it in November. As to the other parts of the season, I really don't think we can ask for any better than we've got now, and the Final ratings may not be up there near the top of the league's concerns.
We're just not going to ahve any significant TV revenue or viewership in the near future. We're just not popular enough to get it.
SLC - .9/1 Share
Is exhorbitant prices meant to be sarcastic?? I suspect so. How much cheaper could they possibly price.... Anyway, I am sure this has been answered a million times before, but why is it on against the NFL?
I don't know if this will make much difference but it's actually .9/2.3 Share instead of 1 Share. Still .9 rating though.
portuguese media guide
Here are the ratings for previous mls cups
2003 Nov. 23 Carson Chicago vs. San Jose 3:30pm ET 0.6
2002 Oct. 20 Foxboro New England vs. Los Angeles 1:30pm ET 0.8
2001 Oct. 21 Columbus San Jose vs. Los Angeles 12:30pm ET 1.0
2000 Oct. 15 Washington Chicago vs. Kansas City 1:30pm ET 0.7
1999 Nov. 21 Foxboro Los Angeles vs. DC United 1:30pm ET 0.7
1998 Oct. 25 Pasadena Chicago vs. DC United 3:30pm ET 1.0
1997 Oct. 26 Washington Colorado vs. DC United 3:30pm ET 1.4
1996 Oct. 20 Foxboro Los Angeles vs. DC United 3:30pm ET 1.4
other Soccer TV rating info can be found at: