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Old 04-27-2014, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Could you guys see teams in Boise, Spokane, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Sacramento, Austin, Omaha, Jackson, Albuquerque, Baton Rouge, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Albany, Tulsa, Dayton, Fresno, Bakersfield, Calgary, and/or in Edmonton?
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Old 04-28-2014, 03:27 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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Could you guys see teams in Boise, Spokane, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Sacramento, Austin, Omaha, Jackson, Albuquerque, Baton Rouge, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Albany, Tulsa, Dayton, Fresno, Bakersfield, Calgary, and/or in Edmonton?
What, no love for Bug Tussle?
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:12 AM
 
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Could you guys see teams in Boise, Spokane, Hampton Roads, Richmond, Sacramento, Austin, Omaha, Jackson, Albuquerque, Baton Rouge, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Little Rock, Albany, Tulsa, Dayton, Fresno, Bakersfield, Calgary, and/or in Edmonton?
In my opinion, all those markets are too small except for Pittsburgh. And Pittsburgh already has 3 pro sports teams, so it could be difficult to support another. I believe MLS is going for larger markets to increase TV revenue.
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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The USL PRO expansion club introduced itself to Sacramento in front of a USL PRO record crowd of 20,231 at Hughes Stadium for Saturday's 2-1 loss to the Harrisburg Islanders. That total was almost double the previous record of 10,697, which was set last season by MLS-bound franchise Orlando City.
MLS hopefuls Sacramento Republic FC draw record crowd of 20,231 in USL PRO home opener | MLSsoccer.com

Thats a really good crowd. I would like to see what their attendances are like when the new effect wears off. Though they definitely do have support right now.
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Old 04-28-2014, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Tejas
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In my opinion, all those markets are too small except for Pittsburgh. And Pittsburgh already has 3 pro sports teams, so it could be difficult to support another. I believe MLS is going for larger markets to increase TV revenue.
I kind of agree. I dont know why people keep bringing up Albuquerque either. That State is a mess and its got a tiny population too. The only bonus is the railrunner between Burque and Santa Fe. It would be hard to find an investor with $100 million to put a franchise there and I cant see many people travelling from Santa Fe to the games.

Edited to add I think Sacramento Republic FC is a cringeworthy name, what where they thinking!
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Old 04-28-2014, 12:05 PM
 
Location: South Hills
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In my opinion, all those markets are too small except for Pittsburgh. And Pittsburgh already has 3 pro sports teams, so it could be difficult to support another. I believe MLS is going for larger markets to increase TV revenue.
And the management of the USL Pro Pittsburgh Riverhounds has been bungling things so badly over their 15 years of existence, they've not built enough of a fan base to make a step up to MLS even remotely viable.

This despite a beautiful new stadium, which has already put them into bankruptcy.

The old NASL used to have teams in both Calgary and Edmonton.
I'd have to think early or late season games in Edmonton could be brutal!
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Old 04-28-2014, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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MLS hopefuls Sacramento Republic FC draw record crowd of 20,231 in USL PRO home opener | MLSsoccer.com

Thats a really good crowd. I would like to see what their attendances are like when the new effect wears off. Though they definitely do have support right now.
Putting a MLS franchise in Sacramento would be a huge mistake. They almost lost the Kings(NBA) from relocating to Seattle.
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Old 04-29-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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the franchise system will never work for soccer. It's too inauthentic and most soccer fans see the sport through a global lens where clubs are founded and join leagues organically. MLS will always get decent attendance for the simple fact Americans like attending sporting events. But, they will not be seen by the vast soccer watching public as a legitimate league. We only have to look at TV ratings to see this.
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Old 04-29-2014, 02:37 PM
 
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the franchise system will never work for soccer. It's too inauthentic and most soccer fans see the sport through a global lens where clubs are founded and join leagues organically. MLS will always get decent attendance for the simple fact Americans like attending sporting events. But, they will not be seen by the vast soccer watching public as a legitimate league. We only have to look at TV ratings to see this.
You seem to speak often for "most soccer fans".

I am a soccer fan. I think the franchise system works well.
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Old 04-29-2014, 10:19 PM
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Location: Fort Worth
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Could you guys see teams in

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Boise
No.

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Spokane
No.

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Hampton Roads
No. (where?)

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Richmond,
NASL

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Sacramento
Yes.

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Austin
Maybe NASL. Austin isn't a major pro sports town.

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Omaha
NASL

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Jackson
Jackson... Mississippi? HELL NO!

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Albuquerque
Maybe... but more than likely NASL.

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Baton Rouge
Definitely not.

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Pittsburgh
Toss up between MLS and NASL

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Jacksonville
NASL

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Little Rock
No.

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Albany
Seriously...?

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Tulsa
Eh... if they can have WNBA and Arena Football, surely they can have soccer. But I'd say NASL over MLS.

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Dayton
NASL

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Fresno
If anything, NASL. But I'd doubt anyone would look at Fresno as a target market.

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Bakersfield
see Fresno

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Calgary
Yes.

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Edmonton
Also yes, to get more into the Canadian market.
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