Listen: Soccer, Baseball And Atlanta discussed on All Things Considered
"I was never expecting seventy thousand people selling out every game breaking records upon records and really setting a new standard for the league in having all eyes of the world at me like holy crap. Atlanta's soccer down one reason he says is it lane. United has a clean soccer slate to take advantage of there's a lot of people that I know that moved to Atlanta recently brought all their original teams in the other sports. Whether it's NFL and be a major league baseball, the Tina their families have been fans of for generations. They don't have a soccer team. Plus, there's the general rise in American soccer popularity soccer TV viewer. Ship is. Up while football's is shrinking soccer games. Don't stop for commercial breaks and the games are simply shorter. These are all reasons for the trend to continue says Matt Doyle, a columnist for MLS thirty five years ago when I was growing up major league baseball was the undisputed number one sport among all age groups, but today baseball is number three behind basketball and football. And soccer is soon expected to move into third place ahead of baseball. Here's Greg's again with the team. It's a serendipitous collision of time opportunity market where fundamentally our role is to not screw it up. But Atlanta's sports fans have a reputation to disprove that. They only support teams when they're winning the city's basketball baseball and even football teams are well aware of that. No, one knows if the stereotype will hold true here until Atlanta United."