Post #31
Tuesday October 15, 2013 4:37pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from tylercocinas

You act as if this is not the same predicament we face right now. It's fall, and all of those sports you mentioned are getting ramped up. People are still coming to the stadia, and the ratings are in the toilet. Which brings me back to my original point, what's the worst that could happen?

The worst that could happen is that the MLS players that are hitting their peak fitness in the summer time and are being included with our national team in the summer tourneys (gold and world cup) won't be at peak fitness anymore. Guys like Beckerman, Goodson, Deuce and Landon will be better off leaving the schedule as is...as would the USMNT as a whole.

Post #32
Tuesday October 15, 2013 5:21pm

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At first I thought it was a horrible idea but the more you look at it, the more it makes sense.

There are two supposed downsides to such a move: competing with football and the weather. The new proposed format ends in November, just like the current season does if you include the playoffs. And starts only a month earlier than the current format. If they schedule away games for the northern teams during November and February, we could be looking at only one or two more cold weather games than we have now. Considering how good attendance is (and how bad TV ratings are), this wouldn't be too big of a problem.

We still have the problem of competing with the NFL and college football. Under the current format, you have soccer in the months of September, October, and November, with the playoffs in contention with football and the start of the NBA season (even the last bit of the World Series). To attract casual viewers, the playoffs are massive. That's why American sports have playoffs to begin with. Football is done by January (except for the Super Bowl), so if we switch formats, the only real difference is that the playoffs will no longer be during football season. There will be soccer in September, October, and November, just like the current season, but they will be regular season games, and the playoffs won't be competing with football.

So to me the only significant difference between the formats is that the new one would have the playoffs during a much better time of year (the weather is better too) and will be more in accordance with the rest of the world. Will they switch to a FIFA calendar? I don't know, and they could do that under the current format. So that probably isn't a reason either for or against. Of course the downside is not having the MLS players in early-season form for the WC. But I think this is an attempt to boost TV ratings (the biggest problem with the sport) and I think it'll work.
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