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MLB Postseason Struggles On TBS Against The NFL

Game 4 of the Tampa Bay-Texas series was the least-viewed Major League Baseball postseason game in TBS history.

Going head-to-head against the NFL, the Rays-Rangers game had just 2.2 million viewers (1.5 rating).

San Francisco-Atlanta (2.6/4.2 million) and Philadelphia-Cincinnati (2.8/4.6 million) did slightly better in the afternoon.

The NFL appears to be king … except in the city of Philadelphia.

The Phillies victory over the Reds averaged a a 27.7 local rating (835,000 house holds) on TBS compared to the Eagles-49ers Sunday Night Football contest, which earned a 24.1 local rating (725, 000 households) on NBC.

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David Beckham, Thierry Henry not the Answer for Major League Soccer

Major League Soccer has had a good year. Attendance is up. Attention is up. Interest is up. Stars such as Thierry Henry and Rafa Marquez joined MLS and are helping to improve the level of play.

But what about revenue?

Well… not so much. According to Tim Leiweke, chief executive of AEG, only a couple of squads will make a profit in 2010. MLS is on solid financial ground, but recruiting big-name players – who come with enormous pricetags – isn’t the route to making money. Sports Business Daily offers three ways teams can improve their cash flow.

The first is relatively obvious: ticket sales. Although the league averages around 16,000 tickets per match, it could be doing better, especially as more teams get their own soccer-specific stadiums. MLS is the first league to offer ticket sales training, so we may see the results soon.

And the other two? Read more