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MLS NEWS & NOTES: LEAGUE "CONCERN" ARISES OVER ATTENDANCE
Published September 17, 1997
MLS Commissioner Doug Logan pointed to four "success stories" and two areas of "deep concern" in looking at this season's MLS attendance, according to Jerry Langdon of USA TODAY. MLS has seen overall attendance drop 16.3% this year from 17,416 to 14,573. Logan is pleased with fan support in New England, Washington, DC, and Colorado, while adding the Tampa Bay Mutiny, who are down 3.4%, has "done well to basically hold its base." Logan did "show concern" over the Dallas Burn, down 38.4%, and the KC Wizards, down 31.5%. Logan: "We're going to analyze these two situations. ... [W]e should be drawing more" (USA TODAY, 9/17). Logan added that "more weekday games are anticipated" next year. The league had 88% of its games on weekends this year. In other news, Langdon reports that a TV deal has been reached "in principle" with ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 on a contract for next year, "but no details have been released" (USA TODAY, 9/17). IN FLORIDA: The Broward School Board has "approved a tentative lease agreement" at Ft. Lauderdale's Lockhart Stadium for the MLS Fusion. The team is also "continuing" talks with the city of Miami (MIAMI HERALD, 9/17).