Who’s More Popular in L.A. Now: The Dodgers or The Galaxy?

Who’s more popular in the second largest metropolitan area in the U.S. now, the Dodgers or the Galaxy?

Sounds like a silly question, maybe laughable-years ago, but now, it may not be as obvious as some people would think.


Yes, the Dodgers have seating for more than 50,000 per for 81 home games, while the Galaxy only seat just over 20,000 for a possible 20 home games. And the Dodgers have decades in the city, while the Galaxy are still relatively newer in town.

Also, the Dodgers are steeped in tradition. Tradition with names and faces of legends from the past, and with their ballpark. The tradition with their ballpark at Chavez Ravine contains memories for millions of sports fans watching day and night games with a spectacular view, eating good food, and trying to catch foul balls.

But times have changed.

The Galaxy recently signed the biggest local cable TV contract of any MLS team. They are being heavily promoted on Time Warner Cable over the next 10 years.

They have possibly the greatest tandem of players (Beckham and Donovan) one soccer team has ever had in the U.S., mostly play before near-capacity or sellout crowds, and are a contender for a championship every year.

They are also the current champions after winning MLS Cup 1-0 over the Houston Dynamo last year.

On the other hand, in recent seasons the Dodgers have accumulated massive debt, had lackluster attendance, bad records for wins and losses, and a horrible reputation for safety at the ballpark.

What is even worse for the Dodgers is the probability that their ownership problems and battles with Major League Baseball will continue for a long time. Bankruptcy has been filed and MLB has appointed their people to run the team.
A new TV deal for the Dodgers had been reached with FOX Sports last year, which was how the owner, Frank McCourt, planned to overcome payroll issues and help generate revenue for new business dealings. But the deal was nixed by MLB and its commissioner, Bud Selig.

More than likely, the case of the financially strapped Dodgers will not end soon. The actions by Selig set a precedent that will probably see it finish in the courtroom. It could end up being a landmark case due to the nature of how MLB intervened in the private negotiations of McCourt as he tried to extricate his team out of debt.

But the Dodgers aren’t the only baseball team struggling to pay their bills.

On the other coast, the New York Mets are going through similar problems, though the owners have pushed much of the blame on being hoodwinked by Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme. Whether a majority of the financial problems the Mets are having come from involvement with Madoff or not, the direness of the situation is hard to ignore.

Practically a third of MLB teams are experiencing losing big money. It’s not a problem that’s going away anytime soon. Baseball got itself into this mess and will have to work itself out of it.

For example, the Dodgers must take advantage of their strong triumvirate of likable players, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, and Andre Ethier. They need to ride them out and build around them. This season can be better if they gel early and rally the city to the goals of winning the division and making the playoffs.

What’s been bad for baseball has been just the opposite for soccer in the U.S. MLS is taking some advantage of baseball’s missteps just by being there.

There’s no NFL coming to L.A. anytime real soon, so if you’re a sports fan in Los Angeles right now, you can jump ship from the Dodgers to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, get on the bandwagon for the Clippers, or stay on the bandwagon for the Lakers. Both NBA teams are headed to the playoffs.

There’s another option too: fans can beat the drum for the Galaxy, which seems to make more and more sense.

Soccer and the Galaxy are the “cool” sport, and the incompetent Dodgers are helping to point this out more for everyone to take notice of.


Howard Alperin is Managing Editor of AmericanizeSoccer.com

About Howard M Alperin

Husband, Father, Teacher, Planner, Advisor, Counselor, Social Worker, Businessman, Consultant, Blogger, Author, Entrepreneur, Inventor, YMCA Coach, Marketer, Innovator, Advertiser, Promoter, Court Appointed Special Advocate to children, Volunteer, Runner, Athlete, Spanish Speaker, Non-Sports Card Collector, Dog Agility Enthusiast and OIF Veteran.


  1. You simply do not know what you are talking about:

    There is no way the Galaxy is anywhere near as popular as the Dodgers. The Galaxy cannot fill 27k seats and they are the defending mls cup champions. In 08 & 09 when Manny arrived the Dodgers broke attendance records averaging damn near 50k per game. LA loves the Dodgers and supports the team extremely well with the exception of last year due to McCourt. All of the turmoil is about to be eliminated as well, the team’s sale will be completed by 4/30.

    The Dodgers will set the record in price for a North American sports franchise, they will also get a far richer TV deal then the Galaxy and the “LA” Angels just did. The legal action you speak of simply restrains the Dodgers from negotiating with TV networks other than FOX until the end of this season. They may reach a deal with FOX, they may start their own network (like YES), they may even team up with the Lakers’ and their new channel.

    “There’s no NFL coming to L.A. anytime real soon” how do you know this? The owner of the St. Louis Rams is 1 of 3 the finalists in the race to purchase the Dodgers. If he wins, it is a very real possibility that the LA Rams will make a return to the NFL. The Rose Bowl has launched inquiries into being a temporary home and is in the middle of renovations that would make it a legitimate temporary home while one of the plans for a new stadium is built.

    Sorry but this article is not ground in facts/reality. I do not know where you get your info but you should visit or at least speak with someone from LA before you write about the city and/or its sports.

  2. Ja ja ja ja
    This article is a waste of time.
    Ridiculous and clumsy

  3. This article will assist the internet people for
    building up new web site or even a weblog from start to end.

  4. Wonderful web site. A lot of useful info here. I am sending it to a few friends ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks on your effort!

  5. Thanks for your own hard work on this web site. Ellie loves managing investigation and it is obvious why. Almost all hear all relating to the lively form you present great tips and hints by means of your website and therefore cause response from other people on that content then my child is really understanding a lot. Have fun with the rest of the year. You are always carrying out a great job.

  6. Thank you for the auspicious writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! By the way, how can we communicate?

  7. Hi there, just became alert to your weblog through Google, and located that it is really informative. I’m going to watch out for brussels. I’ll be grateful if you proceed this in future. Numerous people will be benefited from your writing. Cheers!

  8. I loved as much as you’ll receive carried out right here. The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish. nonetheless, you command get bought an edginess over that you wish be delivering the following. unwell unquestionably come more formerly again since exactly the same nearly a lot often inside case you shield this hike.

  9. Hello. excellent job. I did not anticipate this. This is a excellent story. Thanks!

  10. Thank you for the good writeup. It in truth was a enjoyment account it. Glance complex to far brought agreeable from you! By the way, how can we keep up a correspondence?

  11. Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it’s truly informative. I’m gonna watch out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future. A lot of people will be benefited from your writing.Cheers!Review my web blog: moncton roofers

  12. Heya i’m for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and aid others like you helped me.

  13. Hi, Neat post. There’s an issue with your web site in web explorer, may test this? IE still is the marketplace leader and a big part of other folks will pass over your wonderful writing because of this problem.

  14. As a Newbie, I am constantly exploring online for articles that can aid me. Thank you

  15. Hi, I believe your blog could be having internet browser compatibility issues. When I look at your blog in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in I.E., it’s got some overlapping issues. I simply wanted to give you a quick heads up! Apart from that, wonderful website!

  16. Nice post. I understand something far more difficult on distinctive blogs everyday. It is stimulating to read content from other writers and learn a little one thing from their shop. Natually I’ll offer you a link on my web weblog.

  17. fantastic post, very informative. I’m wondering why the other experts of this sector do not understand this. You should proceed your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a great readers’ base already!

  18. great points altogether, you just won a brand new reader. What might you recommend about your put up that you made some days in the past? Any positive?

  19. Itís very simple to find out any topic on web as compared to books, as I fount this post at this website.

  20. I am now not positive the place you are getting your information, but great topic. I must spend some time finding out much more or understanding more. Thanks for fantastic info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  21. Based on my research jdhipss, after a in foreclosure process home is marketed at an auction, it is common for any borrower to still have a remaining balance on the personal loan. There are many loan companies who aim to have all costs and liens paid back by the subsequent buyer. Nevertheless, depending on particular programs, rules, and state laws there may be many loans which aren’t easily handled through the shift of loans. Therefore, the obligation still falls on the customer that has obtained his or her property foreclosed on. Many thanks for sharing your thinking on this blog.

  22. giiicsz ijyjhmk zqonjdo sjdevhb zvdnvyl ptxdjhv aeitvjm

  23. For newest information you have to pay a visit world wide web and on web I found this website as a finest site for hottest updates.

  24. First off I would like to say excellent blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind. I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your thoughts before writing. I’ve had a hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Kudos!

  25. It’s really a great and useful piece of information. I’m glad that you shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thanks for sharing.

  26. hello there and thank you for your info – I have definitely picked up anything new from right here. I did however expertise some technical points using this site, since I experienced to reload the website lots of times previous to I could get it to load properly. I had been wondering if your web hosting is OK? Not that I am complaining, but sluggish loading instances times will often affect your placement in google and can damage your high quality score if ads and marketing with Adwords. Well I’m adding this RSS to my email and can look out for much more of your respective exciting content. Ensure that you update this again very soon.

  27. AT&T has been making great strides in service quality tying and in some cases outstripping their rival. The unlocked version is the same as those that have already hit the market, but they do not come with an SIM card. Instead, you can simply switch the SIM card in the phone and use the local GSM services, just like the way you have been using on any previous unlocked phone.

  28. When are you going to take this to a full book?

  29. ConclusionThese stats above signify candy crush saga cheat that the device. With the best fighters on iPhone or iPad devices. How will VPA middle permit If I Actually don’t Have a Site Website website? Industry reports culled from various websites.Feel free to visit my homepage candy crush saga hack ipad

  30. Some really interesting info, well written and broadly user genial.

  31. Hi would you mind stating which blog platform you’re using? I’m going to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time selecting between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something unique.P.S Apologies for getting off-topic but I had to ask!

  32. I read this paragraph fully about the comparison of latest and preceding technologies, it’s remarkable article.

  33. Hi my family member! I wish to say that this post is amazing, nice written and include approximately all significant infos. I would like to peer extra posts like this .

  34. I visited multiple web sites but the audio quality for audio songs existing at this web site is actually wonderful.

  35. Helpful information. Lucky me I found your web site by chance, and I’m stunned why this coincidence did not came about earlier! I bookmarked it.

  36. thank you for sharing. Welcome to back inside

Speak Your Mind