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DC United Seek To Reverse Downward Attendance Trend Heading Into Season
Published March 12, 2013
FOOTIE FORECASTER: In DC, Dan Steinberg reported DC United "arranged a whole bunch of local media appearances for its players and coach" to "help promote" Saturday's game. One was a "morning TV gimmick," in which F Chris Pontius would "deliver the weather on the Fox 5 morning show, in place of regular meteorologist Tucker Barnes." Much of the forecast was "uneventful, until Pontius turned his forecasting eye further north." He said, "New York is still getting hit with snow, and I like that, because that means the Red Bulls are being hit with some snow right now." The seven-day outlook "got a little rocky, due to positioning issues." Barnes from off camera called, "Hey hey you're in the way of Friday there" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/8).
SOUNDING OFF: In Seattle, Joshua Mayers noted the MLS Sounders for their CONCACAF Champions League game against Liga MX club Tigres UANL had “ticket sales at 17,600,” and drew a lower attendance for “the first time in a two-game series.” Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer said, “I always wish that our Champions League games would draw bigger crowds, but I also know that we’re up against the realities of a general sports fan for whom Champions League is foreign.” He added, “It’s just going to take time. We could probably do a better job of continuing to drive the message in the marketplace.” Meanwhile, Hanauer said of the team taking charter flights, “Charters are expensive. There’s no two ways about it. It’s $100,000 to $200,000 every time you do it, and there are realities to the economics to our league. So we make a value judgment each time” (SEATTLETIMES.com, 3/11).