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Old 11-30-2012, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Scotland
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Yeah I remember that Brian, Wimbledon is still there though by the will of the fans. It would be harder to move Seattle though, they are successful, have a good support and stadium in a football loving city.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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there was an agreement that with a new vikings stadium a mls team would be coming with.

i would say minneapolis is almost certain to get it.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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Its not as hard as you would think. The owners can just pick up and move out if they want. Its all about the $ for the owner.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:38 PM
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Yeah I remember that Brian, Wimbledon is still there though by the will of the fans. It would be harder to move Seattle though, they are successful, have a good support and stadium in a football loving city.
Again... different country, different methods.

Although, none of the Pacific Northwest cities (Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver) will ever really have to worry about their soccer teams since they show more support for the sport than most of the rest of the U.S. and Canada. So it really wouldn't be an issue.

However, if a club like FC Dallas were to move, I could tell you right now that half the entire Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex wouldn't even notice....
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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Can you imagine Seattle was gonna be moved, I doubt their fans would just sit back and watch.
Seattle lost their NBA team a couple years ago (SuperSonics) and at one point the Seahawks had their equipment packed and HQ moved to orange county california before Paul Allen worked to buy the team and help secure the new stadium (and having a soccer team and soccer potential was important in getting that passed)

There is nothing the fans can do - absolutely nothing .... it comes down to money/stadium issues in most cases and the will of the owners .... by and large it's owners who own teams, not the cities or fans ..... if they don't have a lease or any contractual obligation to play in a city/arena they are free to go wherever the league will allow them to (and if it creates more money for the league the owners will hardly ever oppose)

Only 2 owners opposed the Sonics move - Paul Allen who also owns the NBA team in Portland and Mark Cuban who owns the team in Dallas

Fans can hold rallies, protests, etc - but it's all meaningless

Last year for the NBA finals a couple sonics fans bought tickets behind the OKC bench for a game in miami - which was funny, but overall doesn't do anything




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Old 11-30-2012, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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there was an agreement that with a new vikings stadium a mls team would be coming with.

i would say minneapolis is almost certain to get it.
An owner is required. You cant just assign an MLS team to a market. An owner with deep pockets would need to be in place with a solid business plan. Plus, MLS is requiring teams to have an SSS in place. NFL stadiums have been historically bad for MLS teams with Seattle being the exception.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:48 PM
 
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Its not as hard as you would think. The owners can just pick up and move out if they want. Its all about the $ for the owner.
Well, that isnt completely true. The league and other owners would have to approve the relocation but if the owner had good reason and a solid plan for another market, it would likely get approved.
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:49 PM
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there was an agreement that with a new vikings stadium a mls team would be coming with.

i would say minneapolis is almost certain to get it.
Yeah, it'd be better if the Minnesota Stars FC to have their own stadium. Or expand the one they have in Blaine....?
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Old 11-30-2012, 12:49 PM
 
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Yeah I remember that Brian, Wimbledon is still there though by the will of the fans. It would be harder to move Seattle though, they are successful, have a good support and stadium in a football loving city.
The Seattle owners wouldnt move the team because they are successful. Owners generally move teams either because they cannot land a stadium deal or lack of fan support.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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If Chivas wants to stay in SoCal with a new stadium, maybe they could move closer to the Inland Empire, Orange county border to get away from the Galaxy. Heck maybe even the other side of Orange county close to San Diego.

I do not think putting another team in NYC metro is a good idea. Where would they put them? NJ has a team already, and does not have enough demand for another. I heard something about Queens in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park near Citifield, but that limits you to Long Island. Does Long Island warrant an MLS team?
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