UPDATED: Alex Morgan, NWSL and the media

Jeff Kassouf May 7, 2013 28
Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan spent Monday at ESPN. (Photo copyright Patricia Giobetti | http://www.printroom.com/pro/psgiobetti)

Alex Morgan is currently promoting her new book, The Kicks: Saving the Team, and that included major stops at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., on Monday and at various NBC properties on Tuesday in New York City.

Monday included a meet and greet lunch with ESPN employees as well as several live SportsCenter hits. Part of the chatter was, naturally, Morgan’s rise to greatness, highlighted by her performance at the 2012 Olympics, where she made worldwide highlight reels by scoring the latest goal in FIFA history, a 123rd minute winner vs. Canada in the USA’s 4-3 semifinal win at Old Trafford.

And naturally, ESPN plugged the upcoming USA-Canada Olympic semifinal rematch on June 2, which will air on ESPNEWS.

But what was important for the National Women’s Soccer League was the third different live spot Morgan did in the 11 a.m. hour, with Sage Steele. In that interview, Morgan spoke to Steele about the NWSL, which included some highlights of Portland Thorns FC games. Credit to Morgan, as well, for trying to work in NWSL into the conversation in previous hours.

Here’s the interview with Steele:

Morgan also did an #askAlex feature through Twitter.

On Tuesday, Morgan appeared on Access Hollywood as well as NBC Sports Network’s “The Crossover” show (full disclosure: I work for NBC Sports). The Access Hollywood interview was more about the new book, while The Crossover interview is all about the NWSL (really solid interview on the new league). Here are the two videos, starting with The Crossover:

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It’s important not to overstate the meaning of all this; this promotion was primarily of Morgan and her book, not the NWSL. But it’s certainly a noteworthy mention for the young league.

ESPNU will also run a documentary on Abby Wambach on May 15, tracing her career from her NCAA championship with Florida to today.

In the meantime, keep checking here for day-to-day coverage. But these sort of small steps all add up for the new league. As with anything I caution…sustainability is key (in this case, continued coverage).

  • sol1711

    alex morgan must say that the nwsl is the best league in the world and the spectator number is the best in the world.

    and the owners of the clubs will no making money, what a social league.

    the nwsl has the best player in the world, and the nwsl is not a joke league.

    canada and mexico must be grateful to play in the NATIONAL women soccer league.

    canada and mexico it would never make it to start a own league. never

    • Kernel Thai

      Ur mistake is thinking of the NWSL like the European leagues. The NWSL is more like Champions League both in talent level and competition. There’s no pounding teams consisting of milk maids and factory workers for 75% of the matches. There is no one team buying up all the talented players. Hope that helps.

      • sol1711

        nwsl is not champions league haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaajaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa nwsl is a joke league with funny bad players.

        nwsl is more like champions league haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
        nwsl is not better as wolfsburg, frankfurt, potsdam, lyon, psg, malmö, göteburg and many other clubs.

        nwsl is a joke.

        • sol1711

          ich liebe amerikaner, die sind so lustig.

        • Don B.

          Thanks for reminding me why I don’t take anything you say seriously.

          • sol1711

            bitte schön

        • Kernel Thai

          Throw in Arsenal and Tyreso uve got all nine pro womens teams in Europe. Sounds the same to me.

          • Steglitz49

            Not so fast. 30,000 turned out in Bilbao to watch the deciding game between Atletico Bilbao and Barcelona, a match that Barcelona had to win to win the league over Bilbao. Barca won 1-2. Barcelona had the bad luck to be drawn against Arsenal in their first match of this CL (the ladies’ CL allocates each round by draw, the same system as the FA cup). Women’s soccer in Europe is changing.

        • newsouth

          FCKC kept 2 of the 5 strikers in the world nicely in-check, except for a phantom call. i’ll bet your salary next month they can defeat 1/2 of the teams you listed, since most of them don’t have the striking force. they;d definitely clean sheet horan and psg. goteburg lost press’ diversity, so you can add them to the list. now, this isn’t saying portland can beat kc soundly at home, if that squad is ON, their back 7 is as good as it gets

        • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

          For such a joke league, you seem to spend a lot of time commenting on it.

          • sol1711

            yes, 1 hours for the joke league

          • sol1711

            no, 1 hour pro day

  • NYRick

    Rumour has it newsouth bought the first advanced copy.

    • Don B.

      There was a line almost two blocks long yesterday at her book signing, but unknown if newsouth was in it.

      • Christy

        First in line I’m sure of it!

        • Steglitz49

          I had my money on Sol making a special trip.

  • D.A.

    The league is very lucky that Abby’s concussion issue is not of concern to ESPN and was just an issue taken up by Stefan Fatsis and Slate.

  • Greg_G

    Credit to Alex, she did a good job of talking up the NWSL to Sage Steele. And credit to ESPN for showing actual highlights of her games during the interview. This little bit of promotion is already more than what we got for WPS following the World Cup and Olympics.

  • NYRick

    You know I just watched this ESPN video of AM in this article for a couple of minutes, and every time I see her talk or be interviewed I come away with only one thought: How can you not like you?

    • NYRick

      Ha, typo. “How can you not like her!”

      • USWNT junkie

        Many reasons, especially if you meet her in person and she treats you like she is a queen and you don’t matter at all. I do appreciate her talking about the NWSL, though I feel as if it is her job as a player in the league to at least mention it…

  • newsouth

    as far as morgan goes, she better talk up the league. what do you sponsors pay her for? i’d drop her like a dime, if she even hinted about playing in europe.

    • Wear Nikes Drink Gatorade

      Nike, GNC, and Coca-Cola pay her to play in this league? Interesting.

      • newsouth

        Nike is one of the biggest backers of USSoccer, and is based in Portland. You do the math. How does it help USSoccer, if she is playing for PSG or something? mile, but

    • Steglitz49

      Maybe the Emir could start a team in Paris Texas and name it “TSA”, short for Texas St Alamo?

  • Anton

    When was the last time she even trained with the Thorns?

    • Don B.

      Well, let’s see…
      Saturday was game night.
      Sunday would have been travel day.
      Monday would have been a day off.
      Yesterday was Tuesday.
      So I would guess the answer would be last week, the same as everyone else.

      • Anton

        She was in South America last week.