Garber Says League Faces Smarter Fans

Garber Says League Faces Smarter Fans

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On April 23, 2009
  • 2 Comments
  • Don Garber

I love fun quotes from people, especially those in charge of sporting leagues like MLS’s Don Garber. He told Jack Bell at the New York Times that the problems facing the league these days isn’t the economy or the schedule going head-to-head with key international dates.

No, the league’s biggest issue to tackle right now is smarter soccer fans.

Soccer fans in this country are increasingly sophisticated, said Garber, and M.L.S. has not been able to keep pace with their demands.

“Fans want to see stars. They want more games on TV and they want an increased quality of play,” he said Thursday in a meeting with editors and reporters from the Associated Press Sports Editors conference. “That’s good for us. We’re in the soccer business.”

Commissioner you hit this one right on the head. Fans these days due to the amount of media out there and all the outlets to which they can obtain information are increasingly smarter than they were even ten years ago.

Garber also threw in the fact that the league is looking at increasing the number of foreign talent to the club’s rosters to help cope with the fact that domestic players aren’t improving quickly enough to meet the level of play that most soccer fans in the States want.

But the best quote came at the end of the article, and it is something I’ve been calling for the league to pay better attention to for years.

“We’re not trying to create soccer fans,” he added. “We’re trying to convert soccer fans into fans of M.L.S.”

About freakin’ time commissioner.

  • Ken

    I'm glad MLS fans are smarter, because it makes up for the shortcomings of the MLS commissioner.

  • Ken

    I’m glad MLS fans are smarter, because it makes up for the shortcomings of the MLS commissioner.