While it's all well and good that Garber wants another club, and is really looking at NY2. As you guys know I'm a Cosmos fan, and watch a lot of clubs in the MLS one such club is Chivas. But I'm wondering, just having a NBC Sports Network and ESPN contract, does that hurt people who don't get both channels? I have huge issues also with buying extra packages for games. In this day an age with as many channels as most standard packages offer, wouldn't you think that you would already have an MLS channel?
I know the MLS was trying to not be the NASL when it started, that's why it's taken so long for the old names to come back. And they didn't want to get into the hassle that the old league had with poor tv ratings, and horrible coverage. Having their own network, both on tv and on Sirius, would provide more exposure for the league, and more money. Think about this, there's a network for every league now in the states. While that's good, why hasn't Garber put himself on that fad yet?
There's so many fans out there, who want to see the league, but don't need to pay for every game to get the package. I'm all for each of the leagues to have their networks on basic cable. Think of it this way, there's so much footage, out there for the fans to watch, historical and regular season. I'm sure the MLS can find the games from before ESPN/Fox got the games full time, and can string together "Historical Game of the Week" on a network. Plus if you make it the MLS network, you can go to the other leagues, NASL, USL, NPSL, PDL, and the Womens leagues and them on tv.
There's so much out there for the fans to watch, to just get two networks carrying a couple games each night on a weekend is slap to the face of each of the fans. Why can't I in Buffalo NY watch a Chivas game? Yeah I know they aren't as exciting as the Red Bull, but still it's a match worth watching. Plus, then you can grow the teams in areas that don't get to watch them or won't shell out the money for the extra package. Also I'm well aware you can find illegal internet streams for games, but they are always spotty. Sure as a radio I know that you can find the radio call for games. Sometimes it's a lot more fun to watch the game than listen to it.
Then again, the MLS should allow each club to have their own tv networks on their websites, after all that's what the rest of the soccer world does. Just my thought, what's yours?