MLS is now as popular as MLB among teenagers
Soccer

The MLS is catching up to other sports in popularity

3/7/14 in Soccer   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Mar 5, 2014; Bellevue, WA, USA; Seattle Sounders midfielder Brad Evans (3) signs autographs for kids at a newly renovated music room at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bellevue Teen Center.  listen. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsSince its inaugural season in 1996, Major League Soccer has been working hard in the United States to increase its popularity.

Worldwide, soccer is the most popular sport by a landslide. In the United States, it has historically been dwarfed by football, baseball, basketball and even hockey.

That's changing now, as MLS has caught up to Major League Baseball in popularity among 12-17 year olds, a key demographic when it comes to charting future potential revenue sources.

MLB and MLS are now virtually tied at 18%, trailing NCAA basketball (24%), NCAA Football (27.5%), NBA (30%) and the NFL, which is the runaway leader at nearly 39%.

Expectations for MLS have always been pretty low, but perhaps it's time to change that. This could be the sport of the future.
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3/10/14   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

I saw that report last week.  However I think that says a whole lot more about the downward spiral of MLB that it does about the rise of MLS.  And I say that as a tremendous supporter of the MLS.  I even volunteer for the Earthquakes.

3/7/14   |   Scott   |   52641 respect

Anytime you can bring over such stars as David Beckham and Thierry Henry or you can bring home the US born stars like Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley, people are going to start to pay attention.  My only beef with the MLS is the way they continue to screw with St. Louis and their quest to bring a franchise to the central Midwest.  With teams in KC and Chicago, you can't convince me that one in St. Louis wouldn't be a great fit in terms of geographical rivalries and a passionate fan base that draws from all over the Midwest.