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Major League Soccer Flexes Its (Weak?) TV Muscles

Major League Soccer’s television rights deal with Fox Soccer Channel is up for renegotiation and executives want $20 million per season, an increase of almost seven times the previous deal. If struck, the deal would be a tremendous boon to MLS, which is proving financially viable as it continues to invest in infrastructure and expansion. Sports leagues, anyone will tell you, make their money on television rights.

But will FSC bite? That’s the ($20) million dollar question.

MLS seems to be asking a lot. Their Saturday night broadcasts on FSC drew just 53,000 viewers while ESPN’s audience fell 12.3 percent from the previous season. (Admittedly, ESPN has done a lot to promote the league, although Bill Simmons offered a plan to improve ratings.)

But MLS does have some leverage. Read more

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Minor Change To Week 13 NFL Schedule

The NFL announced only one change to their Week 13 schedule, moving the Atlanta-Tampa Bay game from 1:00 PM ET to 4:15 PM ET.

The league decided to stick with Pittsburgh and Baltimore as the Sunday Night Football game for Dec. 5.

Looking ahead, the first time we might see flex scheduling coming into play is Week 14 when Philadelphia travels to Dallas.

The Cowboys always draw great ratings but Kansas City-San Diego could decide who has a leg up to win the AFC West.