San Antonio lands Toyota sponsorship, Quakes negotiate naming rights
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 30, 5:24 p.m.
It's been quite a Year 1 for the San Antonio Scorpions. The NASL expansion club is in first place. It leads the Division II league in average attendance at Heroes Stadium by a wide margin. And it has reached a sponsorship agreement with Toyota that includes the naming rights to the soccer-specific stadium it is building.
Big money player moves into small market
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 24, 4:48 a.m.
The arrival of Al Jazeera's beIN SPORT's has shaken the U.S. soccer television market. It acquired media rights to three of the five most popular European leagues, Spain's La Liga, Italy's Serie A and France's Ligue 1, leaving only Fox and ESPN with a share of England's Premier League and GolTV with Germany's Bundesliga.
Hope Solo book a best-seller
Posted by Paul Kennedy, Mike Woitalla on Aug. 23, 1:49 a.m.
"Solo: A Memoir of Hope," by Hope Solo with Ann Killion, will debut at No. 3 on the New York Times bestseller list, the highest ever for a soccer book.
BeIN Sport grabs U.S. away World Cup qualifiers
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 22, 4:35 p.m.
Yousef Al Obaidly, managing director of beIN Sport, says Al-Jazeera's new soccer channel is the place for U.S. soccer fans -- though they'll have to scramble to find it if they want to watch the Jamaica-USA World Cup 2014 qualifier live from Kingston on Sept. 7.
Mexico-USA is prime-time hit
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 21, 4:20 a.m.
Wednesday's Mexico-USA friendly, dubbed the "Aztecazo" for the shocking U.S. win at Azteca Stadium, drew 9.4 million viewers who tuned in to all or part of the coverage on Spanish-language Univision, making it the No. 1 broadcast program in primetime among adults 18-49, adults 18-34, men 18-49 and men 18-34 -- beating ABC, CBS, FOX and ...
U.S. Soccer wins six-year antitrust suit
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 18, 6:57 a.m.
In an 82-page opinion issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweberruled for U.S. Soccer in the six-year case ChampionsWorld v. U.S. Soccer, throwing out the testimony of ChampionsWorld's expert witness, therefore rejecting its antitrust claim and issuing a summary judgment in favor of U.S. Soccer.
New Fox Soccer News show debuts Friday
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 16, 7:00 p.m.
Fox Soccer's new one-hour nightly newscast, Fox Soccer News, debuts Friday at 10 p.m. ET. The show replaces Fox Soccer Report as Fox Soccer's nightly soccer roundup, complete with a full conversion to HD, new hosts and for the first time on-the-ground reporters in Britain covering the biggest story lines from the Premier League and European competitions. Late updates will ...
Soccer tops Olympic tweets, MLS TV gets boost, Bein Sport USA launches
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 14, 8:36 p.m.
By Paul Kennedy
Olympic soccer's popularity among young viewers was evident in social media. Twitterreported that soccer had the most Twitter conversation with well over 5 million Tweets. Other popular sports: swimming, the track & field, gymnastics and volleyball.
USA-Japan smashes viewing and streaming record
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 10, 5:40 p.m.
Thursday's USA-Japan Olympic gold-medal match was watched by 4.35 million viewers and had a national household rating of 2.74, making it the most-watched and highest-rated event ever on NBC Sports Network.
USA-Canada viewing numbers off the charts in Canada
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 8, 7:18 p.m.
It's just FIFA's good fortune that the next Women's World Cup will be held in Canada. Think of all the USA-Canada friendlies the Canadians can host between now and 2015 to build up interest in the next women's world championship. The television numbers from Canada for Monday's epic semifinal on TSN blew away those in the USA on NBC Sports ...
Women's soccer's peak audience outdraws men's basketball
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Aug. 1, 1:44 a.m.
How popular is the U.S. women's national team's quest for a third straight gold medal? The audience for Saturday's 3-0 win over Colombia on NBC Sports Network peaked at 3.346 million, higher even than the peak audience for Sunday's men's basketball team game with a peak audience of 3.036 million.