Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Website Carves Niche Keeping Tabs on MLS Attendance

As far as Soccer websites go, there are mountainous volumes to choose from.  Sites, whether for hobby or business, try to keep an audience by covering certain areas of interest.  It's impossible for one site to dominate; Soccer is too big of a subject.
Overlapping Run diagrammed

Some sites act as funnels, sharing articles from the web, others only write original content.  Many sites try to act as both a conveyor and originator, posting popular articles from other sites and writing original ones.

For those fans interested in some of the sociological aspects of Soccer in the U.S., such as attendance issues, there are sites out there doing this work for readers.

Over Lapping Run is a website which focuses on out of the norm Soccer posts and MLS attendance.  Peter C runs the site and provides a 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame' series with easy to read charts and team by team analysis for attendance.  In its third season, 'Take Me Out To The Ballgame', also looks back over past years for additional comparison analysis.  It is an excellent tool for those interested in the behind the scenes numbers of MLS.

OLR gives additional information on CONCACAF Champions League and U.S. Open Cup, such as venues and stats. His sections, 'Throw-Ins' and 'Streaking', are part of the weekly series-TMOTTB and provide nuggets of interesting data for MLS.

The red numbers in the attendance charts are not good signs.  They are the negative numbers.  This season, both Columbus and Chicago are struggling to keep up with the growth of the rest of the league.

Peter C's attention to detail is what makes his site a little different and very interesting at the same time.  In response to some interview questions by email, he said, "I'm not a journalist, nor a great writer, so why reinvent the wheel and add to the 'churn' that has become the 'soccersphere'?"

"As someone who came late to Soccer, I thought that if I started blogging, it would serve as a vehicle to rapidly learn about the game," he said.  "I focused on the business of MLS.  This is because I never played the game and felt wholly unqualified to do game analysis."

According to Peter C, is his labor of love.

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