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Old 03-08-2011, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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The business of sports and the mindset of American fans do not allow for such a thing.

Right now, it costs 40 million dollars to just enter the MLS not counting other expenses. American sports fans view lower divisions as minor league.

Right now the MLS averages around 18k per game which is enough for most teams to post a profit. However, if a team were to get relegated, they would probably average 2k and the team would quickly go bankrupt.

No owner is going to allow such a system to be in place that could lead their team to go bankrupt. No expansion teams will enter the league as no one is going to risk 40 million plus dollars only to get promoted to the "minor leagues".

It's never going to happen here.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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I personally love the concept of pro/rel, but Fillmont is right. No owner who pays a substantial franchise fee to buy an MLS team is going to stand for his team being relegated. That model can only work in a nation where there is widespread fanatical support for teams. We're just not at that point in the U.S. We actually ARE better served at this point by having rich owners willing to pay a franchise fee and aggressively market their team. It would take several decades to have the tradition in place to make pro/rel a viable option. I say this living in possibly the most soccer crazy city in the U.S.

And remember "No pity in the Rose City!" - GO TIMBERS!

You better take care of Jewsbury for us. You guys made a great trade in obtaining him. He might very well be the most underrated player in MLS. He can play all over the field and will at the very least give you an average performance. He also has the tendency to score some excellent goals from time-to-time with this rocket of a foot.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:24 AM
 
Location: London, England
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It's never going to happen here.
Well if the sport became more popular then it would work.
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Old 03-08-2011, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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I think it would too, but then again were in a country where everybody said Football would not be popular. We all know how correct they were now dont we
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Old 03-08-2011, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Well if the sport became more popular then it would work.

It's not a matter of popularity, it is a matter of money and business. Owners will not go for any system that allows their team to be demoted and I dont blame them as I wouldnt either in this country. It's suicide.
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Old 03-08-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Nobody's going to buy into a model in which your investment could so dramatically depreciate in one season of on-field failure. It's a very dated concept for little towns to have their own clubs and pro/rel is just a way of grandfathering in all the cannon fodder teams that will never have a chance at winning ****.
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Old 03-08-2011, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Yeh I sure was glad to see Man City get releaged because lord knows they could never amount to anything, wait ......
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Well if the sport became more popular then it would work.
Even then, nope. Country too big, not how sport here works, etc, etc. Keep pro/rel out of MLS, thanks.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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anything to be different! football great the way it is, america should strive for 2/3 leagues, why be different than the most of the world?
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Old 03-09-2011, 10:23 AM
 
Location: London, England
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Even then, nope. Country too big, not how sport here works, etc, etc. Keep pro/rel out of MLS, thanks.

What so if soccer became very popular you would be happy with a 30 team league?
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