MLS Fan Survey

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by Roma_Wolves, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. Roma_Wolves

    Roma_Wolves New Member

    May 4, 2004
    Austin, Texas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    MLS-International Fan Survey

    Mostly about the relation between MLS and international club sides (i.e. branding, friendlies, comparison)

    Unfortunately, nothing about how fans feel they are treated or loyalty issues.
     
  2. Dre00

    Dre00 Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    H-town
    Club:
    Houston Dynamo
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    If only that were a simple yes/no answer...
     
  3. FlashMan

    FlashMan Member

    Jan 6, 2000
    'diego
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    they do ask the question how many teams you would like to see in the playoffs (2, 4, 6 or 8 or other) so if you feel aggrieved on the subject, here's your chance.
     
  4. FlashMan

    FlashMan Member

    Jan 6, 2000
    'diego
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    well put. i wanted to expound on the subject myself...
     
  5. Jegao Paraiba

    Jegao Paraiba Member

    Aug 6, 2004
    Morgantown, WV
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I thought it was a pretty good survey.

    Asking how we MLS rated against other leagues is a pretty ballsy question.
    It seems to show that the league is interested in some serious self-examination and not just totally commited to fudging the results that interest advertisers.
     
  6. Jegao Paraiba

    Jegao Paraiba Member

    Aug 6, 2004
    Morgantown, WV
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I'm with you.
    I was looking for the "DK" button on that one.
     
  7. schmuckatelli

    schmuckatelli New Member

    Nov 10, 2000
    I don't know for sure, but I'd view it as somewhat of a positive, for a number of reasons. Glomming onto a successful brand can be a very positive thing, even if the new product is not quite as shiny as the original, at least from a marketing perspective. It makes it easier to market a product when it has a familiar feel to it. Not that I want to fill out the league with Chivas, Chelseas, Reals, and Juves, but there is a certain advantage. Plus, the influx of cash into the league is nice. Add to that the notoriety of MLS growing into other parts of the world -- it's mostly a plus.
     
  8. KaptPowers

    KaptPowers Member

    Dec 29, 2003
    Arlington, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I really don’t see that many positives to bringing in any more foreign spinoff clubs. We’re never going to get any respect with pre-fabricated clubs like Juve USA or Barca NY. It would only provide ammo to the anti-US soccer brigade that we’re not original and can’t do our own thing and the US anti-soccer brigade who would stand on the battlements at SportsCenter and cry “Look, see, it IS all foreign!”
     
  9. cpwilson80

    cpwilson80 Member+

    Mar 20, 2001
    Boston
    Club:
    San Jose Earthquakes
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Wow, MLS is definitely listening...

    On the club extension question, I put no because it was phrased as a branding question. I don't want to see any "FC blah blah USA" clubs.

    However, I'm all for playing foreign clubs in friendlies.

    The league rating question was also interesting. Here were my scores:

    5 -- EPL, Serie A, La Liga
    4 -- Germany, France
    3 -- US, Mexico

    It'll be interesting to see the skew of the foreign league/US support, even with the survey on the MLSnet Web site.
     
  10. Jegao Paraiba

    Jegao Paraiba Member

    Aug 6, 2004
    Morgantown, WV
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Maybe there should have been 2 questions in the place of #1.

    1a.) Do you think having international clubs extend their brands into MLS by playing more friendlies against MLS teams is a positive for the league?
    My answer: Yes, certainly.

    1b.) Do you think having international clubs extend their brands into MLS by coming in as partners with MLS teams is a positive for the league?
    My answer: Yes, but don't rub it in with lame names. Chivas, fine. RSL, pretty weak.

    I guess 1b. is what was really being asked.
     
  11. Argyle

    Argyle Member

    Jan 31, 2002
    Plymouth, MA
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    As someone who isn't that familiar with other leagues,I would have liked a none-of-the-above option on the question ranking them. I tried skipping it, but the system refused to accept that.
     
  12. Northside Rovers

    Jan 28, 2000
    Austin TX
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Another good but brief survey. I wish it had a few more options or comments field.

    No. 1 - 3 teams maybe. But I questions their motives and committment long term.

    No - Not for friendlies.

    But hell yes for FIFA sanctioned regional or world events that the USA is part of.
     
  13. MasterShake29

    MasterShake29 Member+

    Oct 28, 2001
    Jersey City, NJ
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't like

    7.) Do you feel it would be good idea if the MLS season was split with a summer break for international friendlies

    because I agree MLS should have a summer break (but not crown two separate champions like Mexico does for example) for tournaments like the World Cup and Gold Cup. Those aren't friendlies. I suppose taking a weekend for club friendlies is fine (as a replacement for the All-Star Game), but I wouldn't want it to be more than a weekend.
     
  14. bbsbt

    bbsbt Member+

    Feb 26, 2003
    Notice how one subject wasn't touched at all: Single table w/relegation & promotion.

    That's very telling.
    Nowhere in the near future will MLS be contemplating about this subject.
     
  15. MasterShake29

    MasterShake29 Member+

    Oct 28, 2001
    Jersey City, NJ
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    You're wrong.

    Capping at 18 teams wasn't mentioned in the survey, though it is a stated MLS goal. Heck, expansion wasn't mentioned at all.

    Moving to the "international schedule" wasn't mentioned, but MLS has stated they want to do this.

    The survey had a specific focus, it doesn't mean MLS isn't thinking about anything else other than international clubs.
     
  16. MasterShake29

    MasterShake29 Member+

    Oct 28, 2001
    Jersey City, NJ
    Club:
    New York Red Bulls
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Interesting, I put the exact same answers.
     
  17. The Greatest

    The Greatest New Member

    Jan 19, 2005
    Ohio
    5 - La Liga
    4 - Premiership, Bundesliga, Serie A
    3 - Ligue 1, MLS, Mexican League
     
  18. Chowda

    Chowda Member

    Sep 13, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Club:
    New England Revolution
    This wasn't a "state of the league" survey. They were only asking opinions on international friendlies.

    It is interesting that they are considering a summer break. However, I highly doubt they would split the league like in Mexico.
     
  19. Calexico77

    Calexico77 Member

    Sep 19, 2003
    Mid-City LA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well, until they have something to relegate to or promote from, there isn't much of a point.
     
  20. España '82

    España '82 New Member

    Jan 8, 2005
  21. christhestud

    christhestud Member

    Jun 4, 2004
    5 - Premiership (it's all about depth and pace)
    4 - La Liga, Bundesliga
    3 - Ligue 1, MLS, Mexican League
    1 - Serie A (I'll burn my face off before I watch another Italian 90-minute snorefest - the skill level is declining, and after watching 45 minutes it's hard to tell quality defeding from terrible attacking anymore.)
     
  22. chapulincolorado

    Jul 14, 1999
    McAllen, Texas
    Club:
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    Mexico
    :eek: Zike! Same answers!
     
  23. abilenecosmos

    abilenecosmos Member

    Nov 2, 2004
    The Rock
    Personally I think the quality of the leagues listed kind of sucks. Yes the level of play is higher, but that doenst necessarily mean the league as a whole is better. Is the EPL better as far as quality of play from top to bottom? Yes. But do I care since the winner was determiened before the season even started? No. It is the same for most of the other leages listed as well (only a couple of teams per league could possibly win). I guess there is something to be said about parity.
     
  24. Aljarov

    Aljarov Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    fmnorthamerica.com
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    Single table and promotion/relegation are two very different debates.

    I hope EVERYONE stated stopping for the Summer/WC was a good idea.
     
  25. Aljarov

    Aljarov Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    fmnorthamerica.com
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    England
    5 - Premiership, La Liga, Serie A
    4 - Bundesliga
    3 - Ligue 1, Mexican League
    2 - MLS

    But at least MLS is one of the leagues on the up.
     

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