MLS Daily is reporting that early estimates show the average attendance of MLS will surpass the average attendance of the NBA and NHL this year. This is remarkable for a league that is only entering its 15th season and at its inception was predicted by many to fail.
- 1. NFL - 67,508.69 (2009 season)
- 2. MLB - 30,213.37 (2009 season)
- 3. MLS - 18,452.14 (2010 season, as of 04/11/2010)
- 4. NBA - 17,110.64 (2009/10 season)
- 5. NHL - 17,004.53 (2009/10 season)
Whether this will hold for the rest of the season remains to be seen. MLS will likely see a boost in attendance from the World Cup and the massive attention soccer will received in June and July but will it benefit the same way the NHL did from the Olympics? MLS has to compete for soccer eyeballs with the English Premier League, La Liga, Scottish Premier League, Serie A, and Primera División de México. NHL does not have that type of competition, at least not until the Russian Superleague gets off the ground.
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