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Old 11-30-2012, 04:57 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Nice map find. The only club I would like to see relocate is Chivas. Maybe to San Diego?? I really don't see MLS working in Cleveland. And, Miami and Tampa have already failed once. Anyone remember when Rochester, NY was supposed to be the next big MLS city? Whatever happened with that?
Rochester tried to force the issue buy expanding their stadium. Not sure what happened after that but I don't think MLS ever wanted them to begin with.

Tampa and Miami failed when the league was struggling. Tampa and Orlando have serious cash behind them now. Money talks.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:21 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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So what did the San Jose fans do? Just let it happen?
.... yeah.

The only fans that have ANY power over a team moving or not are the Green Bay Packers. The reason for this is because the Packers are actually owned by several stock holders/Packer fans, not one single owner or small group.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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Can you imagine Seattle was gonna be moved, I doubt their fans would just sit back and watch.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:00 AM
 
Location: IL
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I didn't even realize Florida was devoid of a team, funny. Pretty much the whole Southeast is teamless. I'm going to do a little research on value of clubs, I haven't done that for the MLS, yet.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:20 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Can you imagine Seattle was gonna be moved, I doubt their fans would just sit back and watch.
Yeah, they would. They're not the owners.

You gotta understand, this sport is a bit different over here than it is in Europe.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Can you imagine Seattle was gonna be moved, I doubt their fans would just sit back and watch.
If you own a business, you have the ability to move it. Team's in England could technically relocate too. Not that it would happen, but it is a possibility.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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What is this map based on? Cities do not get sports franchises. The ownership group is the main and by far, the most important component and most of the cities you list do not have an ownership group in place. NY is the exception to this rule as MLS is trying to force together something so they can get more money for future TV contracts.

Right now, the only cities in play for expansion in MLS are NY and Orlando. There have been murmurs of possible ownership groups in Miami, Atlanta, and Detroit but they are very far off from doing anything.

Sadly, St. Louis will probably never get an MLS team. Their ownership group proved to be unstable and didnt even have the financial stability to support a lower division team for a full season.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Orlando has plans and is backed by deep pockets and a British group is trying to make some waves in Tampa. There's been persisting rumors that Chivas USA will re-brand and move to San Diego.

Those arent rumors, those are MLS fans wishing it would happen. Chivas ownership has made it clear they are not rebranding or moving the team. They are working on getting their own stadium within the LA market.
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Old 11-30-2012, 10:46 AM
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Location: Fort Worth
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What is this map based on? Cities do not get sports franchises. The ownership group is the main and by far, the most important component and most of the cities you list do not have an ownership group in place. NY is the exception to this rule as MLS is trying to force together something so they can get more money for future TV contracts.

Right now, the only cities in play for expansion in MLS are NY and Orlando. There have been murmurs of possible ownership groups in Miami, Atlanta, and Detroit but they are very far off from doing anything.

Sadly, St. Louis will probably never get an MLS team. Their ownership group proved to be unstable and didnt even have the financial stability to support a lower division team for a full season.
I believe this map is just based on cities that are or at least have been looked into for expansion (that's why I said "they left out El Paso") and I do question the possibility of a couple towns on this map, to be honest.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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If you own a business, you have the ability to move it. Team's in England could technically relocate too. Not that it would happen, but it is a possibility.
Look what happened to Wimbledon. They wanted to move them to Dublin as Dublin Dons, big protests and they ended up going to MK and being the MK Dons. Fans stood their ground and setup AFC Wimbledon or whatever it is called. I admire them a lot. Thats not possible in MLS though.
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