I was thinking we need relegation with the NASL. That would allow more derbies and also a reason to play well. On another note, we don't need playoffs.
Posted 09 February 2015 - 04:59 PM
Most American investors would be hesitant to invest into a league that their team could drop out of. With the MLS still growing, it is actually a bad idea right now. The MLS is trying to appeal to an American audience that is not used to the idea of relegation and wants a playoff.
Also, NASL wants to compete with MLS, not be considered a league below them. This would require both leagues to join under one umbrella corporation and right now that is not happening.
And if MLS relegated to NASL, then you might as well as include USL to tier 3...
If this ever happens, it is a long way down the road...
Posted 10 February 2015 - 02:06 AM
No. It will never happen with the structure of America Sports Leagues. Mr. Blank just wrote a check for $80 million. There is no way an investor would pay that sort of money and allow the chance for their franchise to drop out of the top tier. Just that simple. Plus I'm selfish and don't want to see my team in a crap league. =)
Posted 29 June 2015 - 05:51 PM
Promotion/Relegation is not a good idea in America, yet. Maybe decades down the road but the sport would have to be a leader in the country, especially financially. I couldn't imagine the Silverbacks being in the highest tier of a professional sports league, in a country that hasn't fully bought into the sport yet.
I have a strong belief that soccer will become on our countries leading sports over the course of several years, especially with the impending rise of the USNT and the exposure at the youth level. It's going to take a long time, and continual growth though.
Posted 09 July 2015 - 02:06 AM
I believe conferences and playoffs are more relatable to Americans who watch other American sports but are interested in watching soccer. Reason why college football just added a final four playoff. Besides now, not only can you cheer for your own team, but you have a part of the U.S. you are affiliated with. Kind of like how SEC, ACC, BIg Ten, etc, all brag about what conference is better we can argue the East is more dominant than the West or vice versa.
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Posted 09 July 2015 - 01:37 PM
Posted 11 September 2015 - 10:24 AM
If it does ever happen, which I don't see anytime soon, is it possible it could happen all under the umbrella of MLS. What I mean is people sort of assume teams would move down to NASL or USL but what if there was sort of a 2 tiered set up in MLS. If they expand to something like 30 teams could they then have 2 division set up but the bottom of the 2nd division cannot get relegated any lower, teams just move between the 2 divisions. I still don't see the owners going for it.
This is what I would think would happen for us to have a system like that in place.
MLS could potentially acquire teams from the lower divisions who are looking to move up under the MLS Umbrella and they could setup a 2nd tier with an MLS pro/rel system in place.
The first tier competes for the MLS cup and the 2nd tier competes in a separate championship in an effort to move up. First tier will get money from the TV deals and more incentives to stay up, 2nd tier will have the support of MLS to keep the clubs in operation etc.
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