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Volume 26 No. 181
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Don Garber Says Full MLS Season Becoming More Challenging

MLS Commissioner Don Garber said it is "looking like it will be more challenging” than the league originally thought to play a full 34-match schedule this season. Garber, addressing MLS' various return-to-play scenarios this morning in an interview during the Leaders Direct conference, said, "We’re still focused on getting in as much of (the season) as possible." Garber also discussed how the league and its teams might use technology to ensure fans are more involved with the action. He said, "I’ve seen images of virtual fans and digital fans that have been done in watch parties. I thought NASCAR did a great job with a Zoom watch party. I think you’ll expect that when we get back to play, we’ll do similar things. I don’t think you can artificially replicate the environment in a stadium when you’re playing without fans. I think we’ve got to focus in on the game on the field. … When we do get back, you’ll see some creative and, not unprecedented but innovative, technologies in those broadcasts without fans."