Originally Posted by reds1869
Most other national leagues are in countries considerably smaller than the United States (and Canada).
Good point. And in many European countries, attendance is surprisingly low for the league as a whole. Most countries other than the EPL and the Bundesliga have a few top teams with big attendance numbers, but most other teams draw very low numbers compared to what we're used to in the US. I looked up the attendance numbers for 2012, and average attendance for MLS games was 18,807. Compare that to France's Ligue 1 @ 18, 869 and the Netherlands' Eredivisie @ 19, 538. Just for the hell of it, NHL was at 17, 544 and the NBA was 17, 274. Of course, those leagues generate more revenues, but I'd guess that those mostly come from having much better local and national TV deals. But actual attendance for MLS has been growing, whereas it's mostly flat for those other leagues.