I get it. I’ve obviously paid more for regular-season Lakers tickets or even Alabama tix in the SEC Title game. I like soccer but I won’t pay that (these were face value). Maybe I am making a mistake with one of if not the greatest ever playing in my backyard.
I assume all the MLS teams are bumping those prices (avg price for those seats normally is $75). Has he played SLC yet?
Potentially Messi may make an appearance in Sandy soon. RSL and Inter Miami are both playing in the semi-finals of the US Open Cup next Wednesday (RSL plays at Houston and Miami meets Cincinnati) and the winner of RSL-Houston would host the final.
InterMiami is last place, but much better with Messi including a recent win over the 1st place team (in some other cup?). I don’t really follow soccer that much, but definitely has me paying a little more attention. And seeing his sportsmanship (giving the captain band back to the last captain while celebrating some other cup …). Cool guy - seems like he gets where he is in his career and is having fun and lifting those around him too.
Would have been a very hot ticket were Messi to visit Sandy. Since they are in the East and the league is so big that teams only play about half the teams in the other division (with only half of those games at home) could be several years before Miami pays Utah a visit.
Inter Miami could very well win the treble (believe they are still in last place, but something like 9 teams make the playoffs in each division).
I was living in Argentina when he went to Barcelona. Saw him in Barcelona. My cousin played for Liverpool and my daughter made the highest national team. She was coached by Amy Lepelbit of the woman national team.
I would pay to see Messi again but all my kids play soccer. I played soccer when no one played and we won state. My sons team won state two years in a row.
That makes complete sense then. I’m a casual American fan. I love the sport and I love seeing the MLS grow like it has. I am more likely to pay those kind of $ for a play in NYC, for Lakers tickets (I’m LA raised and LA Pro sports fan before the jokes), or something like the Rose Bowl. A big cultural event. After writing that though it was a huge cultural event in Nashville so I probably should have done it.
The MLS salary cap is a substantial limiting factor in attracting stars. Parity works well for the NFL because the league has no competition. The salary cap would start being an issue for the NFL if stars could get substantially greater compensation in Spain, France, England, Germany, or even Mexico.
Messi has the special clause to excuse salary cap limitations. I don’t know how easy it is to obtain this exclusion but there will not be many stars willing to take less money to play in MLS.
Messi made, as I remember, about 840mil over 4 years from Barca in addition to endorsement deals. So he has enough money to consider taking less for greater enjoyment. His financial situation is nearly as uncommon as his talent.
Top tier Premier league teams will have multiple bench players each making more than entire MLS teams. MLS is generally not even close to competitive for star compensation. That is why every young MLS star moves up to European leagues.
No doubt but there is room for potential ownership in teams (see Beckham) that appeals to these guys. Plus, opening up the US market helps as well for their personal brand. I get what you are saying though.