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US Troops to Honduras: Coops & Conrad, Hiya

Welcome back William Dafoe, I mean, JC!

Welcome back William Dafoe, I mean, JC!


The roster you “won’t” be seeing on free TV on 10/10

• G: Tim Howard, Brad Guzan

• D: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jimmy Conrad, Clarence Goodson, Oguchi Onyewu, Jonathan Spector

• M: Michael Bradley, Ricardo Clark, Clint Dempsey, Benny Feilhaber, Stu Holden, Robbie Rogers, Jose Francisco Torres

• F: Jozy Altidore, Conor Casey, Brian Ching, Charlie Davies, Landon Donovan



Quick reaction:

• It pays to play….and deliver. Kenny Coops back in the fold.

• The usual characters in midfield. Robbie Rogers makes it again. If the US can take care of business in Honduras, then we might see Bradley investigate the back-up left flank in D.C. with either Rogers or Torres.

• For all the hype, no Edgar Castillo call-up–not that it was expected.

• TSG Wing of the Hall-of-Fame namesake, Jimmy Conrad makes the squad. See first bulletpoint. Get that knee better Chad Marshall.

USA – Honduras – The Media Math of It All

Love that TSG fans are so passionate and care about why they can’t watch the game from the location of their choosing. Let’s consider this our Part IV of our continuing coverage of the USA vs. Honduras under-21 year-olds can’t watch qualifier.

espn8My brother Mark did a great job of updating the info on the bars/establishments. While this is fresh in our minds I wanted to write a morsel of commentary on the economics–which we will tease apart again later if more accurate or validated data comes out.

Here’s the data we do know:

I mean, can't we just put this game on "the Ocho?"

I mean, can't we just put this game on "the Ocho?"

@ 200 establishments publicly signed up to date

@ price range of carrying the telecast: $250 – $3,500 (based on capacity and discussion with bar owners)

Assumptions:

1) The establishment count will reach 275

Media World and Integrated Sports Media (who is handling the sales of the CC feed/event) are currently at about 200 venues with a little more than a week to go. (Note, more bars may be holding the event, but not added to the official list yet).

It’s our guess that they get to 275 here. Why? Well, we learned of the revenue model behind the event (September 12th) and we got a contact for who was handling the distribution a day or so later, so two weeks, 200 bars signed up. That’s 100 bars signing up a week.

Given that Integrated Sports Media probably targeted the easiest ones first we think with a week to go and with a focus on English telecasts (less likely to purchase) that number is going to be smaller than 100. We’ll go with 75 right now, for an overall sum of 275.

2) The average rate for the game will be somewhere between $2,000 – $2,500

This number is the biggest wildcard for two reasons. One, there is the question of how much venue will charge per person to view the contest and how much of this may or may not get kicked back to to Media World.  Two, there is a question of the average capacity of each of these establishments. TSG did a spot check and found that the capacity of the establishments are all over the board.

So we’re going to take our best guesstimate and assume $2,250 fee to carry the game. (This might be heavy, but we’re sticking with it for this analysis.) How we came up with it? Average price per ticket we’re hearing for an event is about $15. Average capacity for a sports bar is somewhere between 120 – 200 folks. We’ll use the 150 “folks” number. That gets us an average take of about $2,250 per establishment. Of course this assumes no mark-up by the bar/establishment.

What is the gross revenue to the rights holder?

Given our numbers that would equate to $619,000 in gross revenue from US CC distribution. So TV networks passed for somewhere presumably above $600K? Well we can’t and shouldn’t surmise that. But we can say is that it is actually in MediaPro’s best interest to close a deal with a TV network so they don’t have to doll a piece of the pie out to Integrated Sports Media, who is handling the promotion, operations, and sales of the event, nor worry about unknown risks (political climate, major news event disruption, etc) heading up to the event.

So, what’s the conclusion?

Well unfortunately, TSG doesn’t have one here, but we wanted to present to you this picture. All things being equal you would have to assume that  it’s in the best interest of FIFA and USSF to have the game televised to the largest audience for the good of the sport. The interesting thing here is that no network picked this game up. What are the differences between this game and other away U.S. qualifiers?

Media Pro is the rights holder as oppose to Traffic Sports USA.

The game is arguably a slightly more valuable media asset. (Essentially the game to go for the U.S.)

This game falls on a Saturday during the height of college football season–the prime telecasts that are typically available in predominantly English speaking bars.

The glimmer of a political conflict–largely unquantifiable–that presents at least a little more risk in the equation.

In short, there is probably no business constituent to blame and no bad guy, just a series of economic variables with smart business folks on either side making smart decisions based upon the risk and the ROI (return on investment).

Again, per our comments  in our last piece, it’s hard to blame either side in this equation. It appears the only way to effect this situation going forward is for USSF and FIFA to realize that the broadcasting of their sport to the widest possible audience is in its best interest and to insure home coverage for an away team next time.

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USA vs. Honduras Viewing Locations

Banging on the it wont help either.

Banging on it won't help either.

If you’re looking for all TSG USMNT Honduras coverage, click here.

From 10/10: We are up to 37 locations broadcasting the game in English as of Friday morning.

From 10/02: We received an email from our contact at the rights holder who said that the list on CopaTVOnline represents only the English broadcasts and that they will be “updating the list on an on-going basis.” For Spanish viewing locations, and there are many, you can go to Circuitocerrado.tv.

(Here is the most current list of Spanish telecast carriers, pulled out from that web site)

The below is the revised list of confirmed establishments who have contracted for the English telecast:

  1. Chicago – Small Bar
    Location: 2049 West Division
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
    Pros: Great bar owner who is a passionate soccer fan, located in the Ukranian Village neighborhood

  2. San Diego – O’Brien’s Pub
    Location: 4646 Convoy St.
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
    Pros: It’s in San Diego!, Official US Soccer Bar, you will watch the game with Mark of TSG
    Cons: None – it’s in San Diego!
    Extras: Just had a conversation with Tom at O’Brien’s. He assured me it will be a 100% US crowd. The pub has 20 taps of local and craft beers, 120+ “fine bottled beers” (ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY!) and great “pub grub”. No cover, but a $15 food / drink min. (Alright, I’ll say it, I’m stoked to go there!)

  3. San Francisco – Danny Coyles
    Location: 668 Haight St.
    Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars
    Pros: I hear the Bay Area is nice this time of year
    Cons: You will watch the game with Matthew of TSG (Can you guess which brother is writing this update?)
    Matt from TSG: As I posted in the comments, my buddy Matty King throws his holiday red-n-slutty party here each year and it’s a great time. Good beers on tap, just the right amount of darkness, good soccer crowd and HDTV. Love it.

  4. AlbanyWolff’s Biergarten
    Location: 895 Broadway (Yelp lists 885, but they are wrong)
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
    Pros: Upstate NY in the fall, 14 German, Czech and Belgian biers on tap including the Spaten Optimator (7.2% ABV)
    Cons: Looking at their website the place looks great, so I’ll go with…watching the game with a bunch of politicos from the New York State capital

  5. New York – Madison Square Garden, Play By Play Sports Bar
    Location: Four Pennsylvania Plaza
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars (only one review)
    Pros: Located in the greatest city in history of the solar system (Matthew and I are from NY), has pictures of famous New York Knicks and Rangers (though hopefully not the one of MJ dunking on Patrick from the baseline)
    Cons: $20 ticketed event
    Extras: MSG is looking to make some money off this so they are billing it as a “Viewing Party” hosted by former Cosmos star Shep Messing

  6. Atlanta – Fado Irish Pub
    Location: 273 Buckhead Ave.
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

  7. Chicago – Fado Irish Pub
    Location: 100 West Grand Ave
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

  8. New York – Nevada Smith’s
    Location: 74 3rd Ave
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

  9. Columbus – Fado Irish Pub
    Location: 4022 Townsfair Way
    Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars

  10. Denver – British Bulldog
    Location: 2052 Stout Street
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

  11. Seattle – Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
    Location: 801 1st Ave.
    Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars

  12. Austin – Fado Irish Pub
    Location: 214 W. 4th St.
    Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars
    Matt from TSG: My favorite dive bar of all time is in Austin: The 04 Lounge. Good people, ridiculously cheap beer, great bartenders.

  13. Washington D.C. – Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant
    Location: 808 7th NW
    Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars
    Matt from TSG: Been here to watch a Man U Champs match two years back. Narrow bar with odd TV locations, but good bar keep and staff. Get there early. Oh, if you’re looking for a good out of the way authentic Mexican dinner: Casa Oaxaca

  14. Foxborough (MA) – CBS Sports Scene
    Location: 200 Patriot Place
    Yelp Rating: 2.5 Stars
    Con: Located at the home of the Patsies and the BoSox

  15. Pittsburgh – Piper’s Pub (confirmed by reader Brian)
    Location: 1828 E. Carson St.
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

  16. Washington D.C. – Molly Malone’s (confirmed by reader J Love)
    Location: 713 8th St. SE
    Yelp Rating: 3 Stars
    Pro: Watch the game with the D.C. chapter of the American Outlaws

  17. Kansas City (MO) – The 810 Zone (confirmed by reader jbata)
    Location: 4684 Broadway
    Yelp Rating: 3 Stars

  18. Portland (OR) – Kell’s Irish Pub (confirmed by US Soccer)
    Location: 112 SW Second Ave
    Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars
    Matt from TSG: Been here. Portlanders know that all P-Town bars have good beer. Decent enough place, centrally located. Head over to Clyde Common (just a few blocks away) afterward for good music, bourbon and eats selection.

  19. St. Paul (MN) – Sweetwater Grille & Bar (confirmed by US Soccer)
    Location: 161 St. Anthony Ave.
    Yelp Rating: Not Rated

  20. Chicago – The Globe (confirmed by US Soccer)
    Location: 1934 W. Irving Park Road
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

  21. Baltimore- Slainte Irish Pub
    Location: 1700 Thames St.
    Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars

  22. Philadelphia – Tir Na Nog
    Location: 1600 Arch St.
    Yelp Rating: 3 Stars

  23. Arlington (VA) – Summers
    Location: 1520 North Courthouse Rd.
    Yelp Rating: 3 Stars

  24. Salt Lake City (UT) – G.O.A.L.S For Greatness Casino Night Fundraiser
    Location: Radisson Downtown, 215 West Temple
    About: G.O.A.L.S is a charitable organization that brings assistance and awareness to the men, women, and children of our community who face adverse medical or physical circumstances in their daily live. RSL and USMNTer Kyle Beckerman will be there in support.
    Purchase a ticket here ($50 for a good cause)
    Contact: Deb Harper: 801-750-4808 or here

  25. Carson (Los Angeles Area, CA) – American Outlaws, Los Angeles Chapter
    Location: Off Campus Pub (across from the HD Center), 18413 Avalon Blvd., Carson
    Time: 7pm
    Confirmed by: Dino1er
    About: Bring your scarf, bandanna, t-shirt, jersey and US flag!!! Under 21 are welcome but can’t drink alcohol. There’s a big screen TV available for us to use. Lets wear our red shirts or US kits….NO CLUB GEAR PLEASE!!!!
    Contact: (310) – 327 2971
    Extras: Check out Dino1er’s comment to read more about all that is included. (hint: tickets AND beer)

  26. Lincoln (NE) – Captain Jack’s
    Location: Captain Jack’s (across from the HD Center), 12th and P, Lincoln
    Confirmed by: Brunken
    About: Broadcasting in Lincoln, NE, only place in Nebraska, at Captain Jacks. $10 cover, raffle for new AO hoodie & a maybe a signed KC Jersey to help with Ridiculous cost of CCTV.

  27. Phoenix (AZ) – George & Dragon
    Location: George & Dragon4240 North Central Ave.
    Confirmed by: Tommy
    Contact: 602-241-0018

  28. Houston (TX) – Richmond Arms Pub – Official A.O. Houston Chapter location
    Location: Richmond Arms Pub 5920 Richmond Ave., Houston
    Confirmed by: Katy
    Price: $20
    Contact: Ph: 713.784.7722
    From Matt at TSG: Says they have karaoke, please send us a clip if anything transpires that is nationalistic or anything.

  29. Las Vegas (NV) – Crown & Anchor
    Location: 1350 East Tropicana Ave.
    Contact: Ph: 702.739.8676

  30. San Antonio (TX) – Lion & Rose
    Location: 5148 Broadway, San Antonio
    Contact: Ph: 210.878.0034

  31. Columbus (OH) – Claddagh Irish Pub
    Location: 585 South Front Street
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

  32. Santa Monica (Los Angeles, CA) – Cock N Bull Pub
    Location: 2947 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars
    Price: $15
    Matt from TSG: Been here, should be a good spot to watch the game though can get crowded and “bumpy” amongst the patrons.
    Extras: Cash ONLY

  33. Frisco (TX) – Pizza Hut Park
    Location: Stadium Club @ 6000 Main St
    Price: FREE
    Extras: Confirmed by Sam’s Army – Dallas on Twitter (Why isn’t every MLS club doing this?…great opportunity to recruit fans)

  34. Indianapolis (IN) – Chathan Tap
    Location: 719 Massachussetts Ave, Indianapolis
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

  35. Charlotte (NC) – Connolly’s – Queen City Outlaws (AO – Charlotte)
    Location: 115 East 5th St.
    Confirmed by: Ian and US Soccer
    About: The Queen City Outlaws (American Outlaws Charlotte Chapter) will be gathering there now?
    Yelp Rating: 3 Stars

  36. Tampa (FL) – MacDintons
    Location: 405 South Howard Avenue
    Yelp Rating: 4 Stars

  37. Philadelphia (PA) – Fado Irish Pub
    Location: 1500 Locust St.
    Yelp Rating: 3.5 Stars

Let us know of any others in the comments or via email (shinguardian[at]gmail.com)

Of course you could always make the trip to…

San Pedro Sula – Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano
Location: Honduras
Yelp Rating: Not Rated
Pros: You get to be in the stands to cheer on the USMNT in what could be the game that clinches their spot in SA
Cons: That whole political unrest thing, no direct flights (for now)

It’s U.S.A vs. Honduras…At a Bar Near You!

To see the current, but growing list of English-broadcast view locations click here.

This is Part 2 (and maybe the final one) to our Part 1 on USA-Honduras WCQ TV Rights.

Well, we’re still digging over here at TSG. We’ll keep digging up until 10/10. Then we’ll take a vacation to the Kandui Island.

How deep have we dug? At this point, we’re looking through binoculars now, although we have not adjusted the focus and the view is still a little fuzzy. That’s where we are.

US fans are getting the rough treat from Honduras as well.

US fans are getting rougher treatment than Rogers just trying to watch the game.

TSG had a few follow-ups this week with Media World, the company that is handling Media World’s close circuit distribution, a USMNT-devoted bar owner, and Traffic Sports USA.

Today’s conversation with the Vice President of Traffic Sports USA Enrique Sanz de Santamaria was by far the most illuminating from a background perspective. Sanz de Santamaria is responsible for TV Rights for Traffic Sports USA and is based out of Miami. Traffic Sports USA handles most of the broadcast rights distribution for games from Central and South America.

Every USMNT fan should remember that (“very long”) name above because Sanz had really no vested interest in speaking with TSG and if he is/was misquoted stands to lose more, yet he took the time to carefully lay out the landscape of broadcast rights management in the region, provide us some hypotheticals and, in general, educate TSG.

And an additional note on Traffic Sports USA, all those away 2010 US WCQ games that you’ve seen on ESPN was the results of deals through Traffic Sports.

A big thank you to Mr. Sanz from TSG and our readers.

Here’s what we learned that we didn’t know:

• Each National Federation controls the rights of their home games but all of them are under CONCACAF and FIFA.

• Traffic Sports USA had a legal dispute with the Honduras Federation over who had the rights to broadcast the game. A court ruling gave the Honduras Federation the right to keep the contract they have with Media World.

Now for the good stuff:

• It seems close circuit distribution is still a viable way to make good money on a TV broadcast, specifically when you analyze the number of Hondurans in the United States, the per establishment rate for a game, and the Hondurans passions for their country sport. (I would love some feedback from a bar whose primary demographic is Hondurans–it would be valuable to this story I believe)

• Residential PPV is actually a new model for distributing these games. Hence, our suggestion earlier this week that the game be made available via residential pay per view now comes at a discount, because the economics are not tried, tested and true. It’s more of a risk for the rights holder.

• Finally, Sanz surmises (and I must highlight surmises) that negotiations at this point between MediaPro and the TV Networks, given the close circuit efforts to date and the timing until the broadcast, are likely over. The past statement is, at best, a guess (though from someone who has been there) and should be received as such.

Take a good look at Estadio Olympica. Next time you'll see it is at a bar.

Take a good look at Estadio Olympica. Next time you'll see it is at a bar.

So where does that leave the USMNT fan? Probably at their local pub. Where does that leave the average under-21 fan who FIFA and should care about? SOL.

Thankfully, there are bar owners like Phil McFarland, who owns the Small Bar on Division Street in Chicago and is a very passionate supporter of the Yanks.

In our first plug since the Free Benny t-shirt endeavor, we’re promoting Phil’s bar for our Chicago readers come 10/10.

No, we don’t get a kickback, but you get to visit a bar where the owner is passionate about U.S. soccer, where the owner is attentive to his patronage’s affinity enough to seek out how to get the game, and perhaps more incredibly,  a bar where you get Ommegang (Cooperstown, NY!), North Coast (a favorite brewer of mine) and Bitburger on tap. I don’t know if there are cakes in the urinals, but everything else sounds grand.

Back to our story, Phil was helpful in letting us know that typical close circuit sports feeds go for anywhere between $250 – $1000 for his establishment. Feeds are sometimes charged by occupancy rate so the actual fee can vary.

The fee for the U.S. Honduras game for Phil’s bar: $1020.

Additionally, as Phil pointed out, it’s the big fighting matches–which are heavily promoted in advance by the contenders–that fetch the top dollars. Certainly not a U.S.-Honduras game getting sporadic press with a smaller fanbase in the U.S.

In Phil’s own words:

“We don’t ever do PPV anything. But that’s more than big boxing events, which are usually really hyped in the media before hand. Really too bad, not a great time for restricted access to USMNT…

We’ll pay it and try to charge a cover to recoup. Def a crap shoot.”

Thanks for taking the risk on your side Phil. If we were Windy City folk, I’d get there early and run up a huge Hennepin tab.

So it would seem there is a premium being put on this game and if bars/establishments are willing to pay the top dollar and MediaPro can make back their investment and then some, it would be logical for them to go the close circuit route.

What do fans do with their angst then? Sadly, or thankfully, however you look at it, since this is unique to WCQ events, it is probably the last time through 2010 that USMNT games will be confronted with this unique situation.

The L.A. Times reported yesterday of an upcoming friendly for the U.S. team in the Netherlands (we knew our Heitinga comments would come to pass!) in March of next year. U.S. Soccer should be able to have a say in how broadcast rights are distributed in this one.

So the best bet is if your 21, head to your local bar.

If you’re under 21, fly out to San Francisco and we’ll sneak you in somewhere.

How about preventing this for next time? Well, in four years, maybe everyone will forget these broadcast issues. But I’m going to put this on U.S. Soccer to educate and keep the populace informed in advance of how broadcast rights are doled out.

Why? It seem to me that a Honduras game against say…Lichtenstein (no offense) would be less of a draw than against the United States.

So, while it probably won’t come to pass that FIFA will change their “your house, your rules” decisioning in broadcast rights–by mandating anything that is restrictive at all, FIFA would compromise the leverage of the broadcast negotiations and essentially everyone would lose–big nations (Italy, U.S., England, Brazil) are the only ones that could push FIFA to do anything differently.

That being said, the U.S. might compromise revenues from their games, which arguably fetch a higher dollar, than said Lichtenstein so the U.S. might lose as well.

A convoluted situation all around.

We’ve reached out again to CONCACAF, FIFA, and asked U.S. Soccer for any additional comment. We’ll post those if or when they come in.

Oh and one more note, I noted this article where Traffic Sports USA made the game available via PPV. It appeared to me that CONCACAF president and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, a Trinidadian, stepped in made sure the game would be available to the T&T demographic in the U.S. via pay-per-view. So it appears there’s a precedent of FIFA officials stepping in…but maybe only when it matters to them individually.

BAR OWNERS: If you’re a bar owner showing the USA-Honduras soccer match, send us an email at shinguardian@gmail.com and we’ll add you to our “bar roll” on the right sidebar.

Getting the Ball Rolling on Honduras

We are less than 20 days away to the next US qualifier in Honduras. Thought it would a good time for TSG to take a few minutes to re-watch the June 6th USA-Honduras match on June 6th in Chitown and re-ignite the fervor and dialogue among the USMNT fanbase.

Did I mention I love ESPN360.com? What a great product.

It’s always fun to go back and watch USMNT tape months later to see the player changes and play progressions.

First Bob Bradley came out with an even more defensive on his home turf starting Ricardo Clark and Pablo Mastroeni in the midfield with Connor Casey pairing Altidore upfront.

Wow, seems a tad warmer and less friendly this time around

Wow, seems a tad warmer and less friendly this time around

The backline is probably what you should see on 10/10: Bornstein, Boca, Gooch and Spector. However, Cherundolo’s name, with his experience and continued playing time overseas might see him back in the line-up at the expense of Spector.

Some observations in retrospect:

- I loved the aggression the US came out with at the whistle. The Yanks really looked to link and score. Actually come to think of it, they may just have been only mildy aggressive however holding that June 6 match up against the light with the T&T one, the aggression is magnified that much more.

- That aggression was helped by Honduras playing defense to the U.S.’s strengths. Honduras played an extremely narrow midfield with their wing defenders collapsing inward. This allowed Pablo Mastroeni, of all players, to just keep milking the easy pass to the wing for the US to migrate (with Landon and Clint) nearly unchallenged up the pitch. Will Honduras stay as narrow in the rematch? Mastroeni literally looked like a qb hitting the running back out of the backfield for dump-and-swing passes all day long.

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I Want My US MNT-TV!

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We might need another one of these to actually see the US qualify for the WC.

We might need another one of these to actually see the US qualify for the WC.

Another round of qualifying, another struggle to watch our beloved USMNT from the comfy confines of our own home.

August brought us US-MEX on a channel (mun2) that was beamed into approximately 16 households until a groundswell of outrage led to a free preview of said channel (along with some awful commercials).

Now, according to Steve Goff of The Washington Post, October will likely find American homes shutout completely from watching a game where they US could clinch a World Cup berth.  To make a long story short, the rights to the broadcast are owned by a closed circuit television distributor (which I had no idea still exist) and they claim that the networks had no interest in broadcasting the game even for less than $1mm.

So what can we do? As Jason Davis over at Match Fit USA points out, this isn’t the same situation as mun2-gate. as there is no “target” for our outrage; if a broadcaster doesn’t want to buy, they don’t want to buy it.

Yesterday, I had an email exchange with the Roger Huguet, CEO of Imagina US, who represents the closed circuit rights holder and was mentioned in Steven Goff’s article. Huguet told me that his clients may be open to the possibility of a live English broadcast if ESPN (or one of the other networks) were willing to negotiate. In other words, any fan campaign to try and get the game broadcast live into our homes should be directed at the networks. (In the event we are stymied, Roger offered to send me the list of all the bars throughout the country showing the game live to publish on TSG.)

I think the issue (at least for ESPN) is that the game is on a Saturday. While a Saturday game day is generally preferred to a mid-week tilt by US soccer fans, it runs up against the money-making machine of college football on ESPN / ESPN2. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that even if ESPN got the game for free, they still couldn’t broadcast it on ESPN / ESPN2 due to contractual obligations with college football games.

What about ESPN Classic? My guess there is that becomes a financial decision. A (“less than”) $1mm price tag may seem like a pittance to the World Wide Leader, but the numbers would still have to pencil out as a stand-alone broadcast on ESPN Classic. (I don’t think American Gladiator re-runs from the 1990s carry the same cost to broadcast.)

Seems like a perfect situation for Fox Sports Channel, no?

Given the run soccer has had in America the last 4-plus months, it would be an absolute step back for the sport if a game of this magnitude can’t be seen on broadcast television. Here’s where I think US Soccer or a major sponsor (the Swoosh, perhaps?) should step-up and do whatever it takes. Consider this a loss leader (USSF) or a marketing expense (Nike) and give the game away to whatever widely distributed channel will have it. In the end, no one cares if it is on ESPN, Versus, The Food Network or Oxygen.

We just want our US MNT-TV!

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