Latin American Flair Will Boost MLS Popularity

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by Zitor, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. Zitor

    Zitor New Member

    Nov 21, 2004
    Chicago
    Latin American Flair Will Boost MLS Popularity


    MLS needs not only players from LatinoAmerica to sell a better product on the field. But also to invest in broadcasting primetime in one of those AM chained radio stations in Spanish, at least one hour of a daily show: all MLS related, with interviews and talk show of the games, with info of what is going on in the world. Without mixing with Mexican's league related stories except as a filler. I have heard listener eager to follow MLS more, but most of the time the broadcasters are forced to talk only about Mexican league, because that is their target. It should sell commercials too. Also a national broadcast of the main game of the week in Spanish. The other sports are pushing hard with their games in Spanish, NFL started yesterday and Baseball has been there for a while. If a Hispanic wants to follow them is because they already adjust to the country's taste in sports and most probably follow them anyway that they can and there are plenty of outlets. But MLS is a "convidado de piedra" (somebody you invite to a party but if the guy doesn't show up none cares) everywhere. I understand they bought TV time in the past to improve "the showing", but a cheaper investment as in radio stations broadcasting could have taken MLS further into the conscience of the ones who already love soccer. Now come these new guys, but where are their stories, their expectations, what they find different, how they came to MLS? I want to know. I believe most of everybody would like to know, it is just ESPN and Dave O'Bryan try to tell us in the worst possible time: in the developing of the game. But this is for another time.
     
  2. SYoshonis

    SYoshonis Member+

    Jun 8, 2000
    Manistee, Michigan
    Club:
    Michigan Bucks
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How did I know, the INSTANT that I saw the thread title, who wrote the story?

    What I don't know, is just how many of the sentences in that story were written within the last five years? Jesus H., you'd think his editor would be sick of reading the same story over and over.
     
  3. walkingcity

    walkingcity Member

    May 17, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    as long as they dont bring the rampant diving and extremely corrupt league management and hooligan ultra groups thats fine by me!
     
  4. KaptPowers

    KaptPowers Member

    Dec 29, 2003
    Arlington, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You would also think sports editors would be tired of reading the same anti-soccer diatribes over and over as well, but we know that's not the case either.

    I'm sick of them both.
     
  5. drew_VT_6

    drew_VT_6 Member

    Feb 22, 2000
    Orange County, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    ha ha. I had a feeling too when I saw the RSS link.

    I was rather pleased though with the direction the thread starter pulled this thread rather than follow PG's regurgitation of the week.

    I'd really like to have more games available on the radio. Why not even buy some radio time in cities where soccer has a decent following or where MLS is thinking of expanding.
     
  6. sounderfan

    sounderfan New Member

    Apr 6, 2003
    Too late.

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  7. Yankee_Devil

    Yankee_Devil Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    San Diego, CA
    They have been saying that for years. Thats not happening. Perfect example of this is Chivas USA nobody watches this team and people are put of by the fact that they seem to be a second rate version of the original. Their first couple of years they filled their line ups full of mexican players and still NOBODY cared.

    You know what most so called "latinos" are doing on saturdays in the US they are most likely watching College Football.
     
  8. Matrim55

    Matrim55 Member+

    Aug 14, 2000
    Berkeley
    Club:
    Connecticut
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Most people feel that any league would benefit from having better players regardless of their ethnicity/background. Gardner's the only fool who thinks it's paramount that MLS's improvement must come from south of the Rio Grande.

    Here's a question: Has Jamie Trecker or Paul Gardner produced more half-assed, retarded columns over the past five years? Now that's a MLS:N&A thread worth reading.
     
  9. KaptPowers

    KaptPowers Member

    Dec 29, 2003
    Arlington, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
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  10. Soccerdude redded

    Oct 14, 1999
    NY
    Gardner's love feast with Latino players continues.Next chapter is in the making.
     
  11. Inca Cat

    Inca Cat Red Card

    Sep 7, 2007
    Oakland
    Perhaps. But many are watching their native league. Or the native league of his father. Those are the fans that we need to aim. The same way that we target the anglophile fans that do not watch MLS.
     
  12. theramblingscot

    theramblingscot New Member

    Jul 14, 2004
    Norman, OK
    Grapes still sour I see.
     
  13. The Magpie

    The Magpie Member

    Nov 19, 1998
    Cambridge, MA
    Because dinosaur shit is rather pungent.
     
  14. dcsundevil2002

    Apr 20, 2006
    Ashburn, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    How much flair will each club need? Will the minimum amount of flair, say...6 flair players do? Or will MLS require 6 flair players, but really expect clubs to go all out and express themselves with as many flair players as they can get?
     
  15. Matrim55

    Matrim55 Member+

    Aug 14, 2000
    Berkeley
    Club:
    Connecticut
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't wanna talk about my flair.
     
  16. FC Uptown

    FC Uptown New Member

    Feb 3, 2006
    H-town
  17. nbtc971

    nbtc971 Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    waAAAAAHHH!!
     
  18. scaryice

    scaryice Member

    Jan 25, 2001
    Linking to Paul Gardner FTL
     
  19. krudmonk

    krudmonk Member+

    Mar 7, 2007
    S.J. Sonora
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population large Hispanic population
     
  20. MUTINYFAN

    MUTINYFAN Member

    Apr 18, 1999
    Orlando
    I would much rather have Brits than latins. We should focus on convincing players like Giggs and Fowler to come stateside and forget about Blanco and JPA. Brits are harder working players and are tougher than the latins. There style is more similar to the american soccer style.
     
  21. Hoolski

    Hoolski New Member

    Dec 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Your're an Idiot.
     
  22. Bill Schmidt

    Bill Schmidt BigSoccer Supporter

    Aug 3, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Club:
    Real Madrid
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm just surprised nobody ever thought of this amazing idea before. I'm surprised nobody has apparently discussed this idea since the planning stages for the league started. :)
     
  23. seahawkdad

    seahawkdad Spoon!!!

    Jun 2, 2000
    Lincoln, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hey, watch it. After all, England has beaten Brazil three times in 23 tries. Clearly speaks to the quality of the English game and why DC United has erred in bringing in Brazilians like Luciano and Fred.
     
  24. MUTINYFAN

    MUTINYFAN Member

    Apr 18, 1999
    Orlando
    I know. :D
     
  25. Asprilla9

    Asprilla9 Member

    Dec 15, 2000
    Beaverton, OR
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    that's also a branding problem too. unfortunately, the majority of hispanics in LA aren't big fans of the ORIGINAL in the first place (in fact they're staunch fans of direct competitors). so they're sure as hell not gonna support a cheap knock-off version of a brand they didn't like in the first place.

    Chivas USA was an idea based on arrogance, not business. the smart business move would have been to name it LAFC and be done with it.
     

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