Hey Sepp Blatter – Jimmy Conrad Thinks You’re Full of Crap and So Do the Rest of Us

January 1, 2013

This video (at the end of this post), from Jimmy Conrad’s work with KickTV, went around the U.S. Soccer community last week, but it seems all the more relevant considering FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s comments this week.

In case you missed it, Blatter, in an interview with Al Jazeera, said about Major League Soccer,

“It is a question of time, I thought — we had the World Cup in 1994, but it is now 18 years in so it should have been done now. But they are still struggling. There is no very strong professional league (in the U.S.). They have just the MLS but they have no professional leagues which are recognized by the American society.”

This is the latest in a long string of idiotic comments and problems under Blatter’s “leadership”.

In 2004, Blatter said that the women’s game would be boosted if the female players wore “tighter shorts…like they do in volleyball.”

In 2011, Blatter claimed that racism in football was not a problem and that any racial slurs used in a game could be resolved after the game by shaking hands.

The elections of Blatter to the post of FIFA President in 1998, and again in 2002, were both surrounded by allegations of bribery as was the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.

Blatter also drew criticism from homosexuals when he said that gay fans attending the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal, “should refrain from any sexual activities.”

And none of this is to say that his comments regarding MLS are just plain wrong.

Last year, MLS drew an average of 18,807 fans per game.

In the United States, MLS already outdraws both the NBA and NHL in terms of fan attendance per game (both of which come in at 17,000 fans per game on average).

MLS also draws in a greater number of fans than the top-tier professional soccer leagues in Scotland, Russia, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Turkey, Portugal, Norway, Austria, Denmark, Greece, Romania and the Czech Republic, respectively.

In fact, there are only six soccer leagues in Europe that draw more fans per game than MLS. They are the EPL, the Bundesliga, Serie A, the Eredivisie, Ligue 1 and La Liga.

And, as MLS grows over the next few years, they will easily pass up Ligue 1, the Eredivisie and Serie A, the greatest of which only draws 3,000 more fans per game than MLS.

Oh, and by the way, Serie A has been in existence since 1929. MLS got started in 1996.

I’d say we’re doing pretty well.

Only an idiot would expect a brand new league to catch the world’s most established leagues in less than twenty seasons.

But that’s exactly what Blatter appears to be.

Before you watch Jimmy Conrad rip MLS haters in the video below, please take a look at the petition The Shin Guardian has organized to have the U.S. Soccer Federation remove their support for the FIFA President.

A link to that article is located – HERE.

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the video.

John D. Halloran

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7 Responses to Hey Sepp Blatter – Jimmy Conrad Thinks You’re Full of Crap and So Do the Rest of Us

  1. Fionn on January 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

    You forgot that while Seattle are only 3000 fans behind AC the next 6 highest attended Italian clubs have more fans in the seat that the second ranked US club.
    And you have to admit no MLS club is getting near the world club championship in the next 20 years.

    • Fionn on January 2, 2013 at 11:58 am

      And while 1 in 40 Scots attend a premier league game (when Rangers is factored in) 1 in 18388 Americans attend an MLS game.
      Aren’t statistics wonderful.

      • John D. Halloran on January 3, 2013 at 9:43 am

        And in Scotland, there is one major sport with Rugby a distant second. In the U.S., there are four (if you don’t count MLS).

        Rangers were established in 1872. The Seattle Sounders were established in 2007. Don’t you think that’s an unfair comparison?

        And that’s to say nothing of the fact that in the 18 years MLS has been around (a league that was manufactured out of thin air), that it has already surpassed the NHL (in existence for 95 years) and NBA (in existence for 65 years) in average attendance per game.

    • John D. Halloran on January 3, 2013 at 9:38 am

      If an MLS team won the Club World Cup in the next 20 years, I think that would be an amazing accomplishment. The league is only 18 years old and is competing against clubs throughout the world that have been in existence for 100 or more years. And that’s to say nothing of the fact that the first generation of American kids to play the game only started in the 1980′s and then were coached by people who had no idea what they were doing.

  2. DE Dupuis on January 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

    I give up – why does USSF support Blatter, a corrupt moronic nincompoop, in the first place.

    I’m afraid I’m guilty of disparaging feelings and remarks toward the MLS. Mostly this comes from a my impression that the pervading MLS style is very direct – a seeming continuation of a high school to NCAA to MLS American football continuum. Our soccer culture supports this “just kick it” mentality. I believe it is this mentality that is keeping us a 2nd (3rd?) rate international soccer power. That Porter has moved to Portland gives me great hope for the US soccer future. Dorrance and his ilk are unlikely to support a cultural change starting in the NCAA game (as it might interfere with their proven success at run around soccer). If Porter can create a Barca like culture in Portland, technique driven football may catch on and filter downward to the colleges and the high schools – while the recent changes in USSF youth coaching philosophy push up from the bottom up (e.g. development academies keeping their players away from high school soccer).

    Having said not great things about the MLS, when we lived in Seattle we loved going to games, and if we lived in Portland I’m sure we would have season tickets. These days our nearest team, the Revs play in a gridiron stadium in the middle of nowhere – going to a game takes about 7 hours and $250 – which is a big ask to sit in a sterile mostly empty stadium watching, with apologizes to JC, not exactly world class soccer. However, if the Revs played in a soccer only stadium (shared with the new women’s team would be nice) this would shave over 2 hours off the drive and if they could get the price down about $75 then I’m sure my family and my team would make the trip half a dozen times a season.

    • John D. Halloran on January 3, 2013 at 9:50 am

      I don’t think it’s wrong to be critical of MLS–I would also agree that it is a very direct style–I just can’t understand why anyone would expect it to become America’s number one sport in 18 years. Especially considering there are four other major sports in the U.S.

      The fact that Mix Diskerud would consider abandoning his European career to come to America to play for Porter in Portland says a lot. If top American players begin to be drawn to the next generation of top American coaches and stay home, that would do wonders for the development of MLS (although it would probably end up having a negative effect on the USMNT).

      I’d love to go see a game in Portland, it’s supposed to be an amazing atmosphere. I went to the 2011 U.S-Spain game at Foxboro and boy was that frustrating. It was so far from downtown Boston to say nothing of the awful performance of the Nats that day.

      I’d like to see MLS stadiums built in downtown areas like Wrigley Field and Fenway are in Chicago and Boston. It does a lot for the atmosphere.

  3. John D. Halloran on January 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I knew Jimmy Conrad agreed with me.

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