MLS Scheduling Stupidity

MLS Scheduling Stupidity

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 1, 2007
  • 6 Comments

I was in the process of writing up my preview for the FC Dallas – Houston game, and for some reason I thought it was a weekend game with the other playoff games (I know some think Friday night is the weekend kickoff but its still technically a weekday). But upon further review for my weekend scheduling I realized that the game was indeed on Friday night and not Saturday.

This makes no sense if you ask me. Two Texan teams playing a playoff game on a Friday night. Anyone see the problem with this? I know most of you out there aren’t huge football (NFL, etc.) fans but why on earth would the MLS schedule a game between two Texan based teams on a Friday night in a place where Friday night high school football is king.

Now I am sure there is some scheduling conflict here with Robertson Stadium, but oddly enough it is not the University of Houston playing a football game on Saturday, they actually play on Sunday. (if anyone can enlighten me on what is actually going on there on Saturday I would love to know…)

I have never liked Friday night games for the MLS even in the regular season, much less in the playoffs. I know Houston has drawn well this season but you have to think that this game won’t do nearly as well as it should if it were on a Thursday or Saturday night. I think the league would have been better served if they moved this game to tonight and had the DC-Chicago game on Saturday night. That is just my personal opinion but it obviously won’t happen.

Still, this brings up another reason to change how the playoffs are done in the MLS. The league has to avoid scheduling mistakes like this one. Another big mess-up is that the game will be seen very limitly to those in about five neighborhoods in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In what should be a big time playoff match for these two will undoubtly be trumped by high school football tomorrow night. Just a shame really.

Am I the only one who feels this way or are there anyone else out there that thinks the league really screwed this one up?

  • tex

    Houston expects one of their biggest crowds of the year so there is no point to this observation.

  • drew.epperley

    maybe I am alone in this…still think it was a dumb move on the part of the league to have a Friday night game in the playoffs though…but a nice big crowd could change my mind about all of this…

  • Blue Blooded Journo

    There's a scheduling conflict because it's in the contract in regards to no weekend games during the school year. They have had a few exceptions, but for some reason, they couldn't get one for this game. There's also no local tv coverage, which is a bit more disturbing.<br />
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    What I think is even more egregious is the way that only the Eastern Conference playoffs is on ESPN2. The winner if NE-NY is at a huge disadvantage in regards to rest days. I understand ESPN wanted it that way, but I can't believe no one had the foresight to see a competitive advantage for the DC-CHI winner.

  • tex

    Houston expects one of their biggest crowds of the year so there is no point to this observation.

  • drew.epperley

    maybe I am alone in this…still think it was a dumb move on the part of the league to have a Friday night game in the playoffs though…but a nice big crowd could change my mind about all of this…

  • Blue Blooded Journo

    There’s a scheduling conflict because it’s in the contract in regards to no weekend games during the school year. They have had a few exceptions, but for some reason, they couldn’t get one for this game. There’s also no local tv coverage, which is a bit more disturbing.

    What I think is even more egregious is the way that only the Eastern Conference playoffs is on ESPN2. The winner if NE-NY is at a huge disadvantage in regards to rest days. I understand ESPN wanted it that way, but I can’t believe no one had the foresight to see a competitive advantage for the DC-CHI winner.