SBD/March 20, 2013/Franchises

Are The Red Bulls Not Cutting It For MLS As The Only N.Y. Team?

Sports radio in N.Y. can scarcely be heard talking about the Red Bulls
MLS has “certainly made it clear that whatever the Red Bulls are doing, it isn't enough to lock down New York,” as the league has “made an astonishing push to get a stadium built in Queens,” according to Howard Megdal of SPORTS ON EARTH. Megdal wrote, “Clearly, if MLS believed the Red Bulls could be that beloved New York team, they'd concentrate their efforts on, well, helping the Red Bulls, and expand to deserving cities like Orlando.” There is a “certain bargain fans of the Red Bulls have made with themselves in order to support the team: it's going to be hard to get there, and at season's end, the team is going to make you pay for believing, but much of what comes in between is transcendent.” The Red Bulls have “at least struck a deal” with Harrison, N.J., for their fans “to park in the enormous twin empty fields directly in front of Red Bull Arena.” But fans “have to get up pretty early in the morning to get those spots.” There also is “not an English language broadcast of the game, let alone a pregame show, postgame show, or terrestrial radio show that discusses the Red Bulls on either of the two 24-hour sports radio stations in New York.” In addition, the “Red Bulls, flush with money, seem to do very little advertising” (SPORTSONEARTH.com, 3/19).
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