NBC Sports have sat in silence letting fans watching on TV soak in the atmosphere after Brentford got their first win

ESPN would’ve cut immediately to a loud-tracked highlight video, then to a commercial break followed up by a re-run of West Virginia vs NC State baseball game
I know I harp on this a lot, but the sentiment is simply this..

NBC has a terrible pricing model, but the people in charge of broadcasts love, understand and respect the sport.

MLS on NBC had bad ratings when they launched NBCSN, but man it always felt so good on TV.
MLS has to get good $$$ on their next tv deal, but I hope they ask networks to get creative in their pitch for how they plan to push and advance the league.

MLS isn’t in Premier league in terms of quality, but there are fun teams, great atmospheres, and a product worth selling.
In other words, please stop giving so much influence to networks who put people at the forefront who think like this

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9 Jun
Still reflecting on Sunday night..

There were some rough moments, but one thing the USMNT guys never once looked was rattled or scared.

That’s what happens when you’re teammates with Ronaldo or Messi or playing in Champions League finals. Moments like that don’t shock you.
Point being, our mentality was elite. That’s been missing since like 2014.
Donovan scored a WC goal vs Mexico in 2002. Dempsey was backpacking Fulham. Howard played at Man United and Everton. Jermaine Jones was playing CL at Schalke. They’d seen stuff.

Then, those guys got old and there was no equal mentality (or ability, obviously) to replace it.
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8 Jun
Imagine their shock when Justin Che gets sold to Bayern and Gianluca Busio goes to Serie A in the next couple of months.

It's not slowing down, it's only accelerating.
I was explaining to some friends yesterday about Mexico's predicament..

You can hate US Soccer and MLS working together all you want, but there's no doubt that those shared interests have made MLS open to putting prospects in Europe.

Liga MX / FMF aren't on the same page.
Mexico is a massive soccer nation with a history of producing players who can play at the world's biggest clubs. Problem is it takes them forever to get there, if they go at all.

Lainez leaving as early as he did was an exception and look at how he's improved.
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27 May
If MLS wants to create culture and expectancy around nationally televised games, here’s where I’d start..

Introduce a Gameday setting similar to what NBC does for the Premier League or what ESPN does for college football (and sometimes basketball)

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Americans love any reason to chill on some pavement or grass, listen to music and drink alcohol. Bonus points if you can be on national TV, too.

Picture where your local MLS fan base tailgates or hangs before games, now imagine a Fox or ESPN broadcast booth in the middle of it
I could go on and on about benefits..

- builds hype around the “finale” match
- makes coverage feel more grassroots and engaging
- creates a buzz amongst fans when the broadcast is in their area
- puts our American flavor on soccer coverage
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10 Dec 20
FIFA and CONCACAF have *reportedly* given the approval to MLS and Liga MX to combine leagues.
Liga MX owns 9 of the 10 most watched soccer games in the USA in 2020 on TV. MLS needs that.

Liga MX is a giant soccer nation that punches below their weight and don’t make as much money as they could. MLS would help with that.

The writing is on the wall.
If there’s any truth to this, I’m assuming the idea would be to combine television deals. That’s what this is mostly about.

MLS would use its negotiating abilities and leverage from Liga MX to fatten the check for everyone.
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5 Sep 20
Y'all remember the days in MLS when guys would go BACK to Europe in the off-season on loan?

Landon Donovan playing for Everton, Henry back at Arsenal, Beckham to Milan, Keane to Aston Villa....

What a strange thing, looking back on it....
Guys were just honestly bigger than the league and could do what they wanted at times.

That would never fly in the modern MLS, but honestly it was always fun watching these MLS players return to Europe to prove they still have it.
2012 - Thierry Henry was a RBNY player and was THE star of MLS alongside Beckham, went back to Arsenal on a short loan, and banged in the game winner in his first appearence within minutes of coming on.
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2 Sep 20
Okay I’ve had a few minutes and here are my thoughts on the $18m bid for Pity Martinez from Saudi Arabia..

First from Atlanta’s perspective..
They would actually make money off of this transfer and this would give them a chance to restructure around a new DP with a new manager.

However, he’s their best attacking player outside of Josef so the team would suffer (even more) without him the remainder of 2020.
From Pity’s perspective...

He’s 27. This is his time to get his biggest contract. He’s only making $900k in Atlanta, he has a family, and he’s in his prime..

If they are willing to triple his salary.... as a man, forget soccer, I think you’ve gotta push it through.
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