5 MLS clubs that have better attendance than MLB

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The financial news and services site The Street published an interesting article today about the growth of Major League Soccer. Five MLS clubs are outdrawing Major League Baseball teams this season. In fact, the Sounders are outdrawing all but three MLB teams.

The data is another reason why an #MLSsnob should be bullish about the league. Read The Street’s article

Sporting Kansas City
Avg. 2013 attendance: 19,504
Outdraws: Miami Marlins (17,168), Tampa Bay Rays (17,718), Houston Astros (18,271), Cleveland Indians (18,995)

Portland Timbers
Avg. 2013 attendance: 20,674
Outdraws: Miami Marlins (17,168), Tampa Bay Rays (17,718), Houston Astros (18,271), Cleveland Indians (18,995)

Montreal Impact
Avg. 2013 attendance: 21,283
Outdraws: Miami Marlins (17,168), Tampa Bay Rays (17,718), Houston Astros (18,271), Cleveland Indians (18,995)

LA Galaxy
Avg. 2013 attendance: 21,948
Outdraws: Miami Marlins (17,168), Tampa Bay Rays (17,718), Houston Astros (18,271), Cleveland Indians (18,995), Seattle Mariners (21,537), Kansas City Royals (21,908)

Seattle Sounders FC
Avg. 2013 attendance: 41,501
Outdraws: All MLB teams except the Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants

  1. Cam

    Please remember there are 81 home games in each baseball season and only 17 in MLS. Obvious, I know, but important.

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    1. Nic

      I wouldn’t call it important, the writer is talking about AVERAGE attendance. Average attendance is the same in any league around the world whether the teams play 19 home games or 80+.

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      1. Brian

        It’s hugely important. The idea is that with fewer games per season and thus fewer opportunities to see a team perform, there should be more draw to see individual games. A beter comparison would be to look at a sport with a closer number of home games per season. NFL Football doesn’t quite do it because they have a shorter season, but it would be closer at least.

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  2. Footie

    It’s not important? You don’t think Baseballs average might be higher if they just had 17 games rather than diluting their attendance over 81 games??

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  3. Jacob

    This is very true 81 games rather than 20 or so games mls has but it is still a good thing mls is growing and making money in the United States.

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  4. Kevin Cusumano

    It is definitely true that if baseball had fewer games then the averages of the teams listed would be higher. However it is significant to recognize that 5 or 10 years there were no MLS teams outdrawing baseball teams. This is a positive trend and when NYCFC starts play on two years there’ll be another since not too many New Yorkers want to travel to Jersey but will readily go to the Bronx.

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