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(Some Guy)   New women's pro soccer league hopes to take advantage of widespread American interest in women's pro soccer. Again   (soccerbyives.net) divider line 37
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2012-11-22 03:33:04 AM
Anyone taking best on the first one to have a "Brandi Chastain moment"?

/crossing fingers for Hope Solo
 
2012-11-22 06:00:49 AM
Scoff all you want subby, but I'd much rather sit for thee hours watching women run around doing boring things than spend three hours watching men running around doing boring things.

If I had a choice, I mean.
 
2012-11-22 06:36:20 AM
Maybe we won't have a crappy soccer team in Boston for once.

/N.E. Revolution, the Bills of the MLS
//You're killing the team Kraft
 
2012-11-22 06:54:05 AM
I like womens soccer over mens soccer. The women, oddly enough, spend less time on their backs biatching about the other players.
 
2012-11-22 07:37:14 AM
Can't believe the article left the most important question unanswered: Is Alex Morgan going to play in this league? 

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2012-11-22 07:52:44 AM
Take a lesson from the Lingerie Football League and I'll watch. Otherwise, meh.
 
2012-11-22 08:00:12 AM
It looks like they are going to do what they should have done the first two times the started a women's league: piggyback off of the men's league until it's financially self sufficient. Hopefully it lasts longer than three years.
 
2012-11-22 08:13:31 AM

ADubs86: It looks like they are going to do what they should have done the first two times the started a women's league: piggyback off of the men's league until it's financially self sufficient. Hopefully it lasts longer than three years.


While I agree, I do not think the MLS was capable of having a league piggy back off them in 2001. It could have lead to the death of both leagues. Now with 20 teams and improving revenues/attendance, they are able to do so.
 
2012-11-22 08:59:43 AM

Jonny Chimpo: While I agree, I do not think the MLS was capable of having a league piggy back off them in 2001. It could have lead to the death of both leagues. Now with 20 teams and improving revenues/attendance, they are able to do so.


True, but they could have had more assistance from the MLS with the WPS in 2007. The ownership issues (especially that dickstain Borislow) didn't help either, so hopefully the league has something in place to guarantee front office stability as well.
 
2012-11-22 09:10:43 AM
Do people even watch MLS?
 
2012-11-22 10:38:42 AM
I went to a college women's soccer game the other week, so I'm getting a kick...
 
2012-11-22 11:01:26 AM

van1ty: Do people even watch MLS?


MLS is trouncing hockey in the ratings right now.
 
2012-11-22 11:05:18 AM

van1ty: Do people even watch MLS?


MLS averages almost 19,000 fans per game and those tickets aren't cheap. In the world of football, it's the 8th most attended league in the world.
 
2012-11-22 11:05:57 AM
Something something pro soccer women widespread blah blah
 
2012-11-22 11:15:00 AM
I don't expect it to be the hot new league in the world of sports by any means, but if you recall, the WPS pretty much got sunk by one man.
 
2012-11-22 11:33:37 AM

carnifex2005: van1ty: Do people even watch MLS?

MLS averages almost 19,000 fans per game and those tickets aren't cheap. In the world of football, it's the 8th most attended league in the world.


Yeah but doesn't one team have like a 35k stadium? The CFL Averages more fans than both NHL and MLS because there's 8 teams. It's also more per ticket than MLS and I don't think anyone is going to claim the CFL is a major sports league.
 
2012-11-22 12:06:07 PM

carnifex2005: MLS averages almost 19,000 fans per game and those tickets aren't cheap. In the world of football, it's the 8th most attended league in the world.


That's good but isn't the $ these days in the TV contracts?
 
2012-11-22 12:06:33 PM
Why would anyone watch soccer since it's the 2nd most boring thing in the world to watch -- paint drying on the wall is number one.

Unless they play nekkid who cares.
 
2012-11-22 12:08:41 PM

van1ty: Do people even watch MLS?


3rd highest average attendance among North American sports, only behind NFL and MLB. Only Seattle, DC, and New England play in NFL stadiums (a former NFL stadium in DC's case). And the only one that packs their said NFL stadium is Seattle. DC likely would, but let's face it, RFK is a dump. New England also has the problem of Kraft treating them like the red-headed stepchild.
 
2012-11-22 12:12:37 PM

CujoQuarrel: Why would anyone watch soccer Cricket since it's the 2nd most boring thing in the world to watch -- paint drying on the wall is number one.

Unless they play nekkid who cares.


FTFY.

Golf is also boring. NASCAR and Tennis are also boring unless they're incredibly close near the very end
 
2012-11-22 12:22:22 PM
I give this attempt three seasons before it hits the scrapheap like all the others. They're going to have to prove to me that this time the league's going to survive.
 
2012-11-22 01:05:18 PM

Woolwine: van1ty: Do people even watch MLS?

3rd highest average attendance among North American sports, only behind NFL and MLB. Only Seattle, DC, and New England play in NFL stadiums (a former NFL stadium in DC's case). And the only one that packs their said NFL stadium is Seattle. DC likely would, but let's face it, RFK is a dump. New England also has the problem of Kraft treating them like the red-headed stepchild.


outeredgethreads.com

/Sad Bettman is sad.
 
2012-11-22 01:29:04 PM

Tex Colorado the Arizona Assassin: Can't believe the article left the most important question unanswered: Is Alex Morgan going to play in this league? 

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She broke my heart at the Olympics...but I hope I get the chance to disappoint her multiple times.

/love she's a Man U fan though!
 
2012-11-22 01:44:50 PM
I'm going to bet Portland supports the heck out their team. They sell out all Timbers games as second year expansion team with a shiat record.
 
2012-11-22 01:47:02 PM
Of course MLS outdraws hockey and basketball, they play fewer games and in bigger stadiums and the tickets are cheaper. The biggest sports crowd of the week is always the NASCAR race, is that the #1 sport in America? TV ratings are a meaningless comparison too. Let me know when MLS gets a TV deal like the NHL has. Even the EPL gets more US TV rights money.
 
2012-11-22 01:57:55 PM

Woolwine: van1ty: Do people even watch MLS?

3rd highest average attendance among North American sports, only behind NFL and MLB. Only Seattle, DC, and New England play in NFL stadiums (a former NFL stadium in DC's case). And the only one that packs their said NFL stadium is Seattle. DC likely would, but let's face it, RFK is a dump. New England also has the problem of Kraft treating them like the red-headed stepchild.


Being a DC United fan I would like to point out that with the new ownership a new stadium is fairly likely. Also with the team being semi-decent now average attendance is going up.

As for people asking about TV viewership, the MLS has a fairly large contract with NBC for lots of games on TV next year with a few still being on ESPN. They have a better deal than the NHL does even if it wasn't in lockout. Slowly but surely it is becoming more and more popular!
 
2012-11-22 02:17:20 PM

DrewCurtisJr: carnifex2005: MLS averages almost 19,000 fans per game and those tickets aren't cheap. In the world of football, it's the 8th most attended league in the world.

That's good but isn't the $ these days in the TV contracts?


Of course, but they have to start somewhere. The league is only 16 years old. It is now far beyond the point of failing. In another 16 years it will probably be one of the biggest leagues in the world.
To put it into context, the NHL, which is derided as being a fringe sport in the US, would be the 2nd largest soccer league in the world just behind the EPL. The MLS can still be small in the US but be huge in the world of soccer.
 
2012-11-22 02:34:26 PM

Malcolm_Sex: carnifex2005: van1ty: Do people even watch MLS?

MLS averages almost 19,000 fans per game and those tickets aren't cheap. In the world of football, it's the 8th most attended league in the world.

Yeah but doesn't one team have like a 35k stadium? The CFL Averages more fans than both NHL and MLS because there's 8 teams. It's also more per ticket than MLS and I don't think anyone is going to claim the CFL is a major sports league.


Without Seattle, MLS averages about 17.5K a match. Seattle averages 44K a game, which is almost double the next team (LA) at 23K. The Sounders tend to skew the data a bit.
 
2012-11-22 02:43:34 PM

van1ty: Do people even watch MLS?


http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1290390-nba-and-nhl-get-the-boot-m l s-is-the-3rd-most-attended-sports-league-in-america

Yes.
 
2012-11-22 02:48:45 PM

CujoQuarrel: Why would anyone watch soccer since it's the 2nd most boring thing in the world to watch -- paint drying on the wall is number one.

Unless they play nekkid who cares.


Football is interesting if you understand it. If you don't, well tough, then it's boring to you. But that's not an objective observation, since sports doesn't make it or break it, depending on your personal preference.

Female football is boring for everyone. Understanding it doesn't help at all, it probably just makes it worse as you understand and see all the nuances of their tactical and technical failing.

That's why female football isn't popular as a spectator sport anywhere in the world.

/topless female football would be awesome.
 
2012-11-22 02:50:18 PM

ElwoodCuse: Of course MLS outdraws hockey and basketball, they play fewer games and in bigger stadiums and the tickets are cheaper. The biggest sports crowd of the week is always the NASCAR race, is that the #1 sport in America? TV ratings are a meaningless comparison too. Let me know when MLS gets a TV deal like the NHL has. Even the EPL gets more US TV rights money.


The average MLS stadium as a similar capacity to that of an indoor arena. The stadium San Jose plays in holds less than 11,000 (though they are building a new stadium). Only Seattle, DC, and New England play in NFL stadiums, and only Seattle packs theirs.
 
2012-11-22 03:33:15 PM
When Mexican League teams play in the US, they sell more tickets at higher prices than MLS teams.
 
2012-11-22 04:14:26 PM

Anonymocoso: When Mexican League teams play in the US, they sell more tickets at higher prices than MLS teams.


That's really shocking. I bet it's because Mexicans love soccer more than Americans love anything and certainly more than Americans like soccer. Also, there are a fark ton of Mexicans in the US.

It is not however, at all relevant to this discussion.
 
2012-11-22 07:21:57 PM

Woolwine: van1ty: Do people even watch MLS?

3rd highest average attendance among North American sports, only behind NFL and MLB. Only Seattle, DC, and New England play in NFL stadiums (a former NFL stadium in DC's case). And the only one that packs their said NFL stadium is Seattle. DC likely would, but let's face it, RFK is a dump. New England also has the problem of Kraft treating them like the red-headed stepchild.


Average attendance is pretty great in terms of bullshiat misleading statistics.
 
2012-11-23 12:42:15 AM

downtownkid: Take a lesson from the Lingerie Football League and I'll watch. Otherwise, meh.


This. The last one would have worked if they had been in cooperation with the men's league, not in competition with it.
 
2012-11-23 08:45:27 AM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: I'm going to bet Portland supports the heck out their team. They sell out all Timbers games as second year expansion team with a shiat record.


I'm in Portland and I'm already on the waiting list for season tickets for our team in this league. I have no more idea what the future holds than anyone else, but I'll support my team so long as I have one to support.

Also, since both Megan Rapinoe and Abby Wambach live within a mile of where I'm standing, maybe our team could actually be good.
 
2012-11-23 09:38:12 PM
Ah, professional lesbians sports. Got to give 'em something to do.
 
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