ESPN's MLS playoff viewership up 36 percent

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In some good news for MLS fans, ESPN and ESPN2's audience for this year's MLS Cup Playoffs are up 36 percent from last year. The jump in viewers is ahead of MLS Cup next weekend, but some sort of slight jump is usually expected for a league still adding teams and growing.

The significant jump in viewers could be due to the change in the playoff format. The move from two legs to a single-elimination format would make things more dramatic and essential for viewers.

Next year, with two more expansion teams and the playoff format even more established, I would expect another jump in viewership. This is great news for MLS and football in the US.