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Sports execs feel additional coverage from the media and more int’l stars would have the biggest impact on MLS’ popularity, according to a Turnkey Sports Poll conducted in February. Thirty-three percent of execs felt more media coverage would have the biggest impact, while 28% said more int’l stars and 19% said 10 more years of league existence. Meanwhile, execs also were asked about FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s recent critical comments toward MLS. Fifty-two percent of sports execs agreed with Blatter, while 43% disagreed (Turnkey).What would have the biggest impact on MLS' popularity?
RESPONSE% More coverage by the media33% More int'l stars28% 10 more years of existence19% Top flight domestic development academies10% Soccer-specific stadiums for all teams3% Not sure/No response7%Do you agree/disagree with FIFA President Sepp Blatter's recent criticism
about MLS, saying it has yet to catch on as a legitimate pro league in the U.S.?
RESPONSE% Agree52% Disagree43% Not sure/No response5%