The biggest holiday of the year that doesn't come with a day came and went. Because of NFL trademark, normal people and organizations like SUP, have to call it the "Big Game" or you could go with the creative pun, Superb Owl. The big game regularly breaks tv ratings in the United States. However, one of the best graphics that came out after the game that shall not be named (to use a Harry Potter reference), was showing the Superb Owl vs the World Cup final. SUP knows NFL might be a touchy subject with the flight of the Chargers so hopefully the pain has subsided.
Of course, we all know soccer is the worlds sport. The World Cup is also only every four years so it's not a fair comparison, but the numbers don't lie. The better comparison would be the champions league final. In that regard, the numbers for soccer are still impressive. 350 million viewers tuned in to the 2015 Champions league final to witness Barcelona beat Juventus in Berlin Germany. That was versus 150 million for the 2016 Big Game where the Broncos beat the Panthers
San Diegans just witness their beloved Chargers leave for LA. While, this seems like a huge loss (and it is a loss), this opens the door for something new and exciting, a potential MLS expansion franchise in San Diego. The size of most of the Major League Soccer stadiums lend themselves to a more intimate experience, where most of the seats are close to the action. Last summer we were fortunate enough to organize a small group of SUP families to go to an LA Galaxy game where the kids even got to go out on the field for the walk out and the national anthem.
The Soccer Unity Project is very excited about the prospect of a local MLS Franchise in San Diego. If how generous the Galaxy were towards a non profit soccer program in North San Diego County is any indication, we can only dream that a San Diego MLS partnership would be epic! If you're as excited about the prospect of top quality soccer in San Diego, then join us in supporting this new proposed San Diego MLS franchise!