Saturday's Colorado-Real Salt Lake game on NBC Sports Network averaged 41,000 viewers, the smallest audience for an MLS game on the network this season and the third smallest audience on the network in its two years of MLS coverage.
How powerful a commercial giant is Manchester United? The English Premier League leader has sold the sponsorship rights to its training uniform -- not its match uniform -- and its training facility -- not its stadium -- in an eight-year deal believed to be in the neighborhood of $30 million a year.
Plans for a soccer stadium in Orlando necessary to attract an MLS franchise have hit a snag as Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs plans to inject $25 million in future tourist taxes into the construction of a second phase of a performing-arts center.
Another Liga MX rivalry match has drawn a sizable TV audience. Telemundo's telecast of the Guadalajara-Club America match Sunday night (9:55 p.m. - midnight ET time slot) was watched by nearly 2.6 million total viewers, according to figures released by the network Monday. That represents an increase of 35 percent over the Telemundo broadcast of last year's SuperClásico.