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Home > Section 2 Around the Net > Friday, Nov. 16, 2007
Business Week has a lengthy article about Major League Soccer's recent success. In 2007, the league saw attendances rise 8.2 percent to an average of 16,770. TV ratings were also up, helping the league secure its first national broadcasting fee in its history. The biggest jump came in sponsorship revenue, ... Read the whole story
The general consensus is that 2007 was the best ever season for MLS. Game attendance was up, TV viewership was up, Beckham and -- to a far lesser extent, Blanco -- drew all kinds of media buzz, and some teams found a new revenue source in shirt sponsorship. Overshadowed by ... Read the whole story
When D.C. United's Luciano Emilio was named Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player on Thursday, there were always going to be a few disappointed rumblings in the press that the award didn't go to New York's Juan Pablo Angel, the other hot favorite to win the prestigious award. In the ... Read the whole story has an exclusive interview with new U.S. women's head coach Pia Sundhage, who just signed a one-year contract that will see her coach the team through the Beijing Olympics next summer. Sundhage says "very, very" excited about the opportunity. "We have to work as a team and show that ... Read the whole story
A campaign is underway in Austria to withdraw the team from next summer's European Championship. Austria, along with co-host Switzerland, has automatically qualified for the finals as host. More than 10,000 supporters, however, have now signed a petition urging the team to withdraw from its own tournament. Why? Simply put, ... Read the whole story

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