Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Taking MLS "Hardcore" to Task

Duane Rollins takes the Columbus Crew fans to task for not giving more support to the best club in MLS. While I agree little has been done to market some of the subsidiary competitions, in this case the CONCACAF Champions League, it seems to me there is a demographic issue that can't be avoided. Greater Seattle has a population of just under three million, Toronto 4.7 million, Columbus is 750 000.

Yes, they are Columbus' only winning team. Yes, half of the supposed "hardcore" didn't show up to watch the Crew take on the Islanders. Yes, the Crew have not been exactly great in the soccer promotion department. And I absolutely agree with Duane when he writes, "In a league that shares revenue you are only as strong as your weakest link." The problem is the weakest link is the current MLS Champion, formerly owned by Lamar Hunt, and a founding club.

It's sad to see but then it's sad to see the Anaheim Mighty Ducks raise Lord Stanley's Cup. Part of the grab bag of American sport.

1 comment:

Alex said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_United_States_cities_by_population

Columbus really isn't that small. It's the 16th largest city in the US, and its metropolitan area has a population of 1.8 million - plenty to fill Columbus Crew stadium on a regular basis.