No thanks and it still won't sell here. We will see who is ignorant when this Indy attempt goes belly up and it certainly will....:cool:
Give me an article that shows that Indiana hates Soccer. For god sakes IU just won the national title in front of thousands of fans who travelled all the way to Alabama.
Please don't cite an article about the Blast, as soccer is 10 times the sport in the Us that it was 10+ years ago.
MLS is big here in DC, DC United is without question more popular than the Wizards (which mostly has to do with the Wizards being absolutely irrelevant for the past 6-7 years) and they have a nice fanbase. A lot of my friends at work follow soccer and talk about it. But having friends from all over the place, I will say soccer seems mostly popular among affluent people on the East Coast, and that people in the Midwest regardless of socioeconomic background aren't as wild about it.
Then again, one of my friends from HS randomly texted me that he went to a Chicago Fire game, so maybe that is changing now.
Personally I think soccer is alright, I really got into the World Cup but the talent level drop from World Cup to MLS makes MLS hard to watch for me. I know people love the EPL but I didn't grow up and have never lived in the UK, so I don't have any natural affinity for any of the clubs and therefore can't get into it.
The fact that this thread is almost at 3 pages in less than a day seems like the idea of soccer is pretty exciting to people in this area.
I'm really excited about this. I've been waiting for a long time to have a local team and it's finally happening. I've been to a lot of MLS games but never really had anybody to root for. Glad I have a team. The city will need to show a lot of support to make the next step, but really all we need is a billionaire to get behind it and we'll get a team. To get an MLS team you need 1) a billionaire owner 2) a soccer-specific stadium 3) a decent to large metro area. With this plan, 2 down 1 to go.
Indy has a good Hispanic population (often the basis for successful MLS franchises), it has 3 extremely successful college soccer programs within 2 hours (IU....the 8 time national champs and also Butler and Notre Dame). They will build a team with local talent that can compete on a national level. IU soccer has produced 41 MLS players after the draft today. This is a rich soccer state, it's just that people don't really acknowledge it for whatever reason.
Exciting news! Looking very forward to it. :buddies:
I honestly do see Soccer surpassing the NHL someday down the road. So if we could get to the MLS it would be nice for Indy to have 3 major sports franchises.
Although at this point I don't think surpassing the NHL necessarily means you are a big league sport
So Blu thinks soccer won't sell here. That seals it for me! I'm absolutely convinced that not only will it sell here, they will sell out every home game, successfully transition to MLS, and be champs within 5 years. Book it!
Indiana is a great place for a soccer team.
Blu is just being a bitter old man again.
Soccer is incredibly popular among kids and super exciting to watch. Always jealous of MLS and EPL teams when they are cheering their hearts out during games. So looking forward to doing that myself.
Soccer is probably the 3rd most popular sport among young adults here in Indy. I guess someone who lives here would know that, not some crazed homeless man.
I'm not a big soccer guy personally but whatever sells is fine, long as people fill the arenas then it'll be all good. Soccer can work and is rapidly growing.
The NHL is just run horribly at the moment, and its regular season, and most early playoff games aren't even on regular TV. They really need some sort of side deal with ESPN again or somebody to help advertise their games. When they actually show an NBC playoff hockey game, its all very well done, and I'm super jealous that there's nothing like that with national NBA broadcasts.
Soccer is boring....OK.....whatever you say boss. Why are you coming in here to talk about such a boring sport? Just so you can have a reaction?
I believe as do others that the problems with the Pacer support stem from the abundance of other basketball options that provide (in many people's minds) a better basketball experience for the money. An NBA team in Indiana is very much like selling ice to eskimos or bringing coals to Newcastle - they'd better be really SPECIAL ice cubes or very HOT coals.
Soccer, on the other hand, grows in popularity because it is becoming THE sport for young children to learn. My kids never played it, but my grandkids are all involved in one way or another. The kids of my younger co-workers are also very involved, in the same way I was involved in football and basketball.
Add to that the large Latino population in Indy (have you driven past the parks on W Washington on Sunday afternoon and seen the crowds there?), I think there is a very good chance that a reasonably-sized and sited stadium can make an extremely successful MLS team.
Contrary opinions are fine, but let's keep this thread to SPECIFICS and not "oh, it bores me, I don't care so no one else should either"