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Old 05-07-2015, 06:54 PM
 
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yes, largest sanctioned dog fight ever, pretty big deal
Okay... You can think the sport is barbaric. I don't totally disagree with that. Then again, so is football. And so is hockey to some extent.

It doesn't change the fact that it was a huge deal and you tried to marginalize it when it was literally one of the biggest sporting events of all-time by many measures.
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Okay... You can think the sport is barbaric. I don't totally disagree with that. Then again, so is football. And so is hockey to some extent.

It doesn't change the fact that it was a huge deal and you tried to marginalize it when it was literally one of the biggest sporting events of all-time by many measures.
give me a break, in 6 months few people will remember these two washed up geezers even fought...when and who fought in the last Battle of the Century? Boxing has been sucking wind for 25 years and if Vegas wants to be their home turf good for them
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:08 PM
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give me a break, in 6 months few people will remember these two washed up geezers even fought...when and who fought in the last Battle of the Century? Boxing has been sucking wind for 25 years and if Vegas wants to be their home turf good for them
Boxing draws a ton of people to Vegas, and not just for this recent fight. Whether you want to believe it or not.
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Boxing draws a ton of people to Vegas, and not just for this recent fight. Whether you want to believe it or not.
boxing was dying anyways but thankfully Mayweather & Pacquiao probably just killed it
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:50 PM
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boxing was dying anyways but thankfully Mayweather & Pacquiao probably just killed it
If you say so. It's obvious you hate boxing anyway.
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:53 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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If you say so. It's obvious you hate boxing anyway.
I like and respect boxing...

But that sport is dead. The "fight" this past Saturday was the final nail in the coffin.

Sorry to continue to go off topic, but that sport trailed off most of America's radar years ago.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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After expanding to 24 teams in MLS, the MLS Commissioner and others on the panel are already looking into the next wave of MLS expansions. They are also scouting for suitable cities for these expansion teams. Here are the most likely candidates for the next round of expansion:
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Major League Soccer's expansion push is akin to a bullet train. Maximum velocity has been achieved, and there doesn't appear to be any stopping it.

It was less than two years ago that MLS commissioner Don Garber announced plans for the league to expand to 24 teams by 2020. The current decade is barely halfway complete and those slots have essentially been filled. New York City FC and Orlando City began play this year, Atlanta and Los Angeles FC are slated to start in 2017, and in late March Minnesota United was given an expansion team to join in 2018.

As for Miami, the 24th spot remains in the hands of David Beckham's ownership group, Miami Beckham United, although the search for a suitable stadium site continues.

With that in mind, here is a look at the next wave of expansion candidates.

Sacramento:
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At this stage, a tuxedo-wearing Sacramento Republic has asked MLS to the prom, and the club isn't decked out in one of those sky blue monstrosities either. Sacramento has done everything right. It's only waiting for the league to say yes.

The team has been averaging more than 11,000 fans a game this season at expanded Bonney Field. The ownership group that includes managing partner Kevin Nagle has been augmented with heavy hitters from the York family of San Francisco 49ers fame and Sacramento Kings managing partner Vivek Ranadive. The support from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson couldn't be more enthusiastic.

"Sacramento's commitment to MLS grows stronger as the year grows longer," said Ben Sosenko, spokesperson for Johnson. "Our passionate fan base, robust stadium plan and major league ownership group speak to our seriousness of purpose. We are thrilled to be a top candidate for expansion and pledge through our Operation Turnkey initiative to be ready to put the ball into the net the moment we get a nod from MLS."
San Antonio:
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For most expansion efforts, the stadium is the last piece to fall into place. Not so for the NASL's San Antonio Scorpions and their owner Gordon Hartman.

Two days before the U.S. national team was set to play Mexico at the Alamodome, Hartman was standing on the concourse of Toyota Field, the club's 8,000-seat stadium, looking very much like a father at his child's graduation. Hartman, whose background is in the home construction business, started the Scorpions in 2010 with the express purpose of taking all the profits to help fund Morgan's Wonderland, a theme park he built for special needs children and their families. The park is named after his daughter, who was born with a severe cognitive delay.

The San Antonio Scorpions already have plans to expand their 8,000-seat Toyota Field to accommodate 18,500.
The stadium construction was financed completely with private funds, and opened in 2013. Now Hartman is in the process of selling at least a majority stake to new investors whose intention is to join up with MLS. The sale will include the club, stadium and the adjacent 75-acre STAR Soccer Complex, and the money from the sale will fund an endowment that will support Hartman's charitable efforts.

"We started some discussions with MLS to see if they were interested, and we got the sense from them that this was a city that they would definitely give serious consideration to," Hartman said.
Saint Louis:
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Businessman Dave Peacock has a lot on his plate these days. His primary task is to keep the NFL's St. Louis Rams in St. Louis. That's no easy feat with Rams owner Stan Kroenke threatening to move the team to Southern California and play in a stadium he plans to build in Inglewood, just 10 miles south of downtown Los Angeles.

So Peacock, along with the appropriately named Bob Blitz, has been spending his time trying to put together a plan to build a new downtown stadium on St. Louis' riverfront. Part of the sales pitch is to have it house an MLS team in addition to the Rams.

If that sounds like the MLS team is taking a back seat to the Rams, well, it is, although Peacock is of the belief that an MLS expansion side in St. Louis makes sense regardless of what happens with the city's NFL team.

"I think we're first and foremost Rams," Peacock told ESPN FC via telephone. "We want to retain the team. The project that's enabling us to keep the [Rams] creates an opportunity for MLS. I think if something were to fall through -- and I can't imagine that happening -- I think the region could still support an MLS team."

St. Louis has long been one of the nation's soccer hotbeds. It has provided a pipeline of U.S. internationals, a list that includes Frank Borghi, Harry Keough, Taylor Twellman, Steve Ralston and Tim Ream. In terms of market size, St. Louis ranks 21st according to A.C. Nielsen, ahead of MLS cities such as Portland, Kansas City and Salt Lake City. A new USL side, St. Louis FC, has just come online, and drew more than 5,000 fans to each of its first two games.
Indianapolis:
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Indy Eleven has made significant progress as it begins its second year in the NASL. The club led the league in attendance last year, averaging more than 10,000 fans per game. And with former Chicago Fire GM Peter Wilt serving as team president, it has a savvy executive with considerable soccer experience. The city seems to be fertile ground for an MLS team in that, like Sacramento and San Antonio, there is no Major League Baseball team to compete with.

That said, Wilt said he was taken a bit by surprise when Garber mentioned Indianapolis in the second tier of cities interested in MLS expansion.

"There has been nothing formal," said Wilt. "But at the same time, I recognize it was accurate in that we talked."

The club did suffer a recent setback in its quest to get a stadium built. The Indiana House of Representatives and the Indiana Senate both passed bills to renovate IUPUI's Carroll Stadium, but there wasn't time in the current legislative session to reconcile the two.

"The stadium vote was frustrating for sure," said Wilt. "We put a ton of work into it. It was situation where one body was saying $20 million and another was saying $82 million. They couldn't come to an agreement and we got zero. We were like, 'Wait a minute, we would've taken the lesser amount.' If we could have gotten more money from the city and other sources, we could have built a stadium with that."
Austin:
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Garber has mentioned Austin more than once as a potential expansion city, most recently to the APSE, and without question it has some pluses. Austin is the largest city without a major professional sports team, and a recent study by the American City Business Journals found that the city has more than enough total personal income to support an MLS side.

That said, Austin has the look of a long play. The Austin Aztex just recently made the jump from the USL Premier Development League to the USL (formerly USL-PRO) and the club's director of marketing, Jeff Burns, said that is where the club is directing its energies.

"There have meetings with MLS in the past, but for now we're focusing on performing at our best in our current situation [in the USL]," he said.

The prospect of building a stadium also seems to be at minimum in the very early stages, especially with Austin Mayor Steve Adler only taking office in January.

"Currently, the city has put in a resolution to look into the feasibility of bringing MLS into Austin," said Burns. "Right now we are cooperating with the city and the new mayor, getting to know each other."
Examining the candidates for the next round of MLS expansion - ESPN FC

Any thoughts?
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Old 06-04-2015, 05:14 PM
 
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Austin TX can keep dreaming.
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Old 06-05-2015, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee
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Mls. Lol.
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Old 06-06-2015, 09:02 PM
 
Location: North Texas
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Austin needs something! It's going to be pitiful when the city proper reaches 1,000,000 people and still no professional sports team to show for it.
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