MLS Teams Turning A Profit

MLS Teams Turning A Profit

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 18, 2007
  • 2 Comments

In an article that was published earlier this month by the New York Times, it is apparent that several teams will turn profit this season in the MLS. Thanks to soccer-specific-stadiums and big time players like David Beckham playing in the league, clubs are actually seeing black rather than red.

Five clubs are expected to turn profit this season:

  1. LA Galaxy
  2. FC Dallas
  3. Colorado Rapids
  4. Chicago Fire
  5. Toronto FC

Two clubs are very close to breaking even this season:

  1. Columbus Crew
  2. New England Revolution

Some clubs are still losing money but are getting closer and closer as they are losing slightly under $3 million:

  1. Houston Dynamo
  2. DC United
  3. Kansas City Wizards
  4. Real Salt Lake
  5. Chivas USA

And one club is still losing money like no other…the New York Red Bulls.

Still, clubs getting revenue from their own parks as well as some getting some cash from kit-sponsors and other things that haven’t been there before. Plus ESPN and other networks paying the league to have the games on their stations has been a big time thing, even if you hate the announcers that call the games.

Also another interesting aspect of the article was the attendance figure on the league. So far this season the league has seen a fair balance of good attendance at games and this is even before the Beckham arrival. I don’t have the actual numbers right yet but when I do they will be slightly above last seasons totals….
Last season the league averaged around 15,504 for the 2006 regular season would have ranked it eighth among European leagues, behind Germany, England, Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands and Scotland but ahead of Russia and Turkey, according to a British statistical report.

What do you think of these reports?

  • J.D. Rollins

    The thing with Columbus Sports fans is they are loyal (look at all the OSU Sports and The Blue Jackets). If Columbus can continue to win, then I see them actually turning a profit by the end of the season. Although it probably doesn't hurt that they've officially sold out the september 30th Galaxy game.

  • J.D. Rollins

    The thing with Columbus Sports fans is they are loyal (look at all the OSU Sports and The Blue Jackets). If Columbus can continue to win, then I see them actually turning a profit by the end of the season. Although it probably doesn’t hurt that they’ve officially sold out the september 30th Galaxy game.