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SBD/July 8, 2014/Leagues and Governing Bodies
MLS Notes: Columnist Says League Should Be Mindful Of Chasing Int'l Stars
Published July 8, 2014
SLOW & STEADY: SportsCorp President Marc Ganis said that MLS "should be happy with steady if not spectacular growth." He said, "Major League Soccer is still not a top American sport but it has elevated itself dramatically over the last four, five years. But it is still a select market, relative niche sport and likely will be for the foreseeable future, and that has to do with the predisposition of the American market more than anything else. There is really nothing MLS can do to change that. They can enhance their position as they have, but it will not likely be viewed as one of the great American sports in our lifetimes or the next for a variety of reasons that cannot be changed simply by better management" (AP, 7/5).
EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY: Sporting KC F Dom Dwyer has generated plenty of media attention for the selfie he took following his goal in Sunday's game against the Fire, but ESPN's Bomani Jones said the fact Dwyer received a yellow card for his celebration is "why you can't get nobody to watch your little game." Jones said, "Somebody just trying to have a little fun and get in the celebratory spirit that we've seen overseas ... and now you want to get all puritanical about it and shut down a photographic opportunity" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 7/7). ESPN's Dan Le Batard said, "I love the soccer celebrations -- all of them -- and we seem to tolerate them all over the world, but not so much in America." Le Batard said he thought the selfie "was funny and clever" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 7/7).