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RSL on Sunday a stadium success, some reactions less so

Real Salt Lake's first regular season Sunday match prompted some inanity that wasn't particularly encouraging. Trevor Brady joins us with his take.

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At the beginning of this season it was announced that RSL had multiple games on Sunday this year, due to the new TV deal the league signed with ESPN/Fox. I'm not going to get into great detail about the deal, except to point out that the new TV deal is widely considered to be the best TV deal the league has ever struck, and includes 2 weekly games on Sunday afternoon. This led to RSL having home games on Sunday, something that RSL has only ever done once before, and that was for a playoff game that again was dictated by TV coverage.

To make my point crystal clear: The RSL ownership, and FO have taken great strides to never have a home game on Sunday. The only times they have is when their hand was forced by the league.

The reasons why are very simple, and if you don't already have an understanding of those reasons, you haven't been in Utah very long. I could go on and on about exactly what those reasons are, but suffice it to say there are a lot of people who won't go to games on Sunday AND THAT'S TOTALLY OKAY FOR PEOPLE FOR PEOPLE TO FEEL THAT WAY.

Once the date of this game came closer, more and more voices expressed their concern over RSL having a game on Sunday. As with most disagreements, there was a vast majority of people who quietly decided to either go or not go to the game, but there was a decidedly vocal minority of folks on both sides who had to mock and ridicule the decision of those they disagreed with. This took place most notably on Facebook and Twitter, and what could and should have been adults simply moving on with their lives in choosing to attend or not to attend a soccer match quickly and unsurprisingly turned into a bunch of adults acting like children. It was ridiculous.

As is customary in these kind of arguments, no one was a winner. Everybody lost. Even after the match, y'all were still arguing and justifying whatever decision you made. Lord knows I love an argument, good or bad, but when it comes to something as personal and subjective as religious convictions, criticizing and arguing them will never be as productive, enjoyable, or useful as just shutting up about it.

In the end, the game went on. Stadium was sold out, thanks to an ever growing STH base, and it looked and sounded pretty good on TV. Those that went had a great time, and those that stayed home probably don't regret missing it. Let's keep that in mind the next time RSL plays at home on Sunday.