Response to Anonymous Comment Regarding RSL at RES
I recieved this anonymous comment to the post New Stadium Woes: "Hmm. I think [Salt Lake County Councilwoman]Jenny Wilson is on to something. Keeping REAL at Rice Eccles solves several problems. One problem is the question of how long REAL will stay profitable in Utah. The other problem is the silly fight between Sandy, Salt Lake City, and Salt Lake County. It seems to me that politicians in all areas are fighting for a soccer team that no one seems to fully believe will be profitable." The commenter brings up an interesting point but I see things a bit differently. First, I believe Salt Lake politicians are not fighting over something no one believes will be profitable. I think they are fighting over it because they believe it WILL be profitable. Second, Real is averaging 17,000+ in attendance. That makes them the number two draw in the country. And they aren't even winning. Third, Real Salt Lake is recieving more media coverage locally than most other teams. Some teams, such as the Los Angeles Galaxy, waited years for regular radio broadcasts. Real has every game in both english and spanish. Both major newspapers have writers assigned to Real and stories of the team have appeared in both newspapers almost daily since the season began. On television, 2,4,5, and 13 allocate generous amounts of air time to covering games, team news and interviews with coaches and players. Few other teams in the league have this much media respect even after ten years. Since the sports media follows public interest, I am led to believe there is generous interest and support for the team beyond the 17,000 that attend games. If you can pack a stadium and secure media contracts, then you've got a profitable franchise.