Friday, December 26, 2008

MLS and the Economy

Look for some insight into the impact that this slow economy is expected to have on RSL in 2009 coming your way in January on Keepin' It Real. In the meantime, here is some reading from recent articles on the impact of the economic downturn on Major League Soccer:

Sometimes Less is More. Dec 22, 2008. Michael Lewis.

"We've always had to manage our business as if we were dealing with difficult times because soccer is an emerging sport in this country," he said.

"We don't have the luxury to take our eyes off the ball in terms of efficiency. We have always managed our business efficiently.

"I hope we can get through this without having to make some of the staffing decisions that some of the other leagues have had to make."

The Best Positioned League for the Downturn? MLS. Sports Marketing and PR Roundup.

"MLS has done a great job of slowly building their model and not overspending."

Economic Uncertainty Makes Miami MLS Bid Stronger. Dec 18th, 2008. Kartik Krishnaiyer.

"While other cities will be in my opinion preferable markets for MLS, the league’s race to expand despite the financial crisis probably means Miami should be and very well may be a lock for a new team."