The MLS is a good fit here because soccer is not a novelty in St. Louis, it is in our fabric. It skews younger with its fans demographic, giving that audience another entertainment option. And I do think a stadium will bolster that part of downtown.
The Lightning play in a nice downtown arena and they have been very, very good. The Heat have a great facility, too, although they haven't been as great. The Panthers play in Sunrise, which it out on the edge of civilization next to the swamp. As for the NFL teams, I can't speak to their attendance.
I am not sure the MLS will ever get THAT big. While the NHL is a distant fourth among the major spots, it has a firm foothold here. Would a MLS title draw more than ! million fans downtown? Perhaps some day, but today that is hard to imagine.
Calling back to the earlier Berube questions, he had this for NHL.com earlier today: "I'm working on a contact so hopefully something gets done soon. That's basically where I'm at."
I would bet it would. Now, about the XFL celebration . . .
For all my knocking of the XFL, the first incarnation offered some cool stuff. The telecasts were a lot of fun. Plenty of innovations at the time.
But without name recognition players, it's tough. If the XFL ever gets good enough to seriously bet on, then it will have a chance.
It was way more than 300,000. I walked every inch of it, from Clark, around 18th, then down Market to the Arch grounds. It was crazy. A lot of the people who came downtown couldn't get anywhere near the route due to the crowding. And a lot of people came to the Arch grounds closer to the start of the rally and left the parade route for home before the rally started.
The NBA is definitely trending well. Now that that league is getting a bit more parity it should get even stronger. There are a fair number of charismatic young stars. The skill level is through the roof. As for baseball and its challenges ahead, we've beaten that topic to death in recent chats.
It's not going away any time soon, The NFL is set up for competitive parity and Tom Brady can't play forever, so . . .
OK, that's it for this week. See you next time!