Author Archives: Mitch Howard

The Learning Curve of Arena Football

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News about the Arena Football League (AFL) not playing its 2009 season is unsettling and a surprise to many (at this time, statements from the league website are still evolving).  The league appeared to be in good shape.  Evidence suggested … Continue reading

Time for MLS and ESPN to Make Changes Together

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In early August of 2006, it was announced that ESPN had paid for the rights to broadcast MLS.  At the announcement, officials from both sides agreed that ESPN would brand MLS with all the glory that its broadcasting style conveys to U.S. sports … Continue reading

USL Should Compete Directly against MLS

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The United Soccer Leagues has been a doormat to the MLS for too long.  They have allowed MLS to walk all over them.  MLS has taken multiple cities from the USL to put into their league and have not suffered … Continue reading

Americanizing Soccer for the U.S. Sports Fan pt. 4

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The most popular reason that U.S. sports fans give for not watching soccer is its lack of scoring.  In order to attract more fans, a professional soccer league in the U.S. must, above all things, try to create more offense.  Though many … Continue reading

Americanizing Soccer for the U.S. Sports Fan pt. 3

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The recent match between the U.S. and Cuba battling for a spot to the 2010 World Cup was a prime example of why soccer must revise its rule involving red-cards.  Expulsion from the game for a heinous foul is not … Continue reading

Americanizing Soccer for the U.S. Sports Fan pt. 2

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In order for Soccer to make it to the U.S. sports fan’s main menu, it must play a schedule that has both sense and purpose.  An American professional soccer league must begin play every year 1-2 weeks before the Major League baseball season begins … Continue reading

Americanizing Soccer for the U.S. Sports Fan pt. 1

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In order for Soccer to find the success it seeks in the U.S., it must make changes to the traditional rules without changing the integrity of the sport.  Soccer can be that viable alternative for sports fans in the U.S. … Continue reading