Soccer Attracts Record Number Of U.S. Fans

Major League Soccer games brought in a record number of fans this season. Sporting News reports average per-game attendance surpassed that of professional basketball and hockey games — putting soccer right behind baseball and football.

Copyright © 2011 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And in a week of tough sports news, fans of one sport have reason to celebrate, which is our last word in business: a big kick for soccer. This season, Major League Soccer games brought in a record number of fans. Sporting News reports average per-game attendance surpassed that of professional basketball - when it was in the season - and pro hockey games, putting soccer right behind baseball and football.

The NBA and NHL have a lot more teams and play a lot more games, so by absolute attendance numbers, soccer still has a long way to go in the U.S. Still, the Soccer League's championship game on the 20th of this month is sold out. More than 25,000 fans will be here in Los Angeles to watch pro soccer's final game of the season. And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

Copyright © 2011 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: