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dunlopp9987
Post #1
Saturday January 4, 2014 5:18pm

Joined Mar 2013
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With the "polar vortex" about to sweep across much of the nation, I now see why Don Garber and MLS have been so reluctant to switch to an international calendar for their season. To be fair, the likes of this cold weather front haven't been seen in the US in decades, but it's worth pointing out. I live in Minneapolis, where there has been a lot of chatter about an MLS team, and with these types of temps, attempting to play an outdoor match would be suicide.

I do want to see MLS move to a calendar that coincides with the majority of the world, but with the winters being much harsher here than most of Europe, I'm just not sure that's a real possibility.
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2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #2
Saturday January 4, 2014 6:07pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,247
I don't ever want to see MLS move to a winter schedule. They have the opportunity to own the summer months in this country. Baseball is waning. Eventually MLS will be the top sport during the summer.

admsghs27
Post #3
Saturday January 4, 2014 6:10pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
No way mls switches schedules it will be the end. not only playing in frigid wheather but competing with NFL, NBA ext... I mean if the packers, Bengals, even colts barely met the.deadline on ticket sales I doubt people will come out to watch mls games.

blaise213
Post #4
Saturday January 4, 2014 6:16pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,841
Theres an easy solution that I've said time and time again

Retractible roof stadiums. But the owners in MLS are too cheap.

The Minnesota Vikings new stadium is what all the NFL stadiums out east need to all look like. MLS needs to follow that same model

TheTruth
Post #5
Saturday January 4, 2014 6:32pm

Joined Dec 2013
Total Posts: 950
I'm w/ 2tone, why would we want to switch to the Euro calendar? The hot weather gives MLS players a fitness advantage. And there are only a few rednecks left that watch baseball so not much competition there.

Kamphgruppe
Michigan
Post #6
Saturday January 4, 2014 6:50pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 731
Original post from 2tone

I don't ever want to see MLS move to a winter schedule. They have the opportunity to own the summer months in this country. Baseball is waning. Eventually MLS will be the top sport during the summer.


I love being able to watch soccer year round between MLS and the European leagues. I would be very sad if MLS switched thier schedule and there wasn't jack to watch in the summer.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #7
Saturday January 4, 2014 7:04pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,247
It's funny because there have been rumblings in Europe about wanting to switch to a spring to fall schedule.

joey11
Post #8
Saturday January 4, 2014 7:28pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 278
Original post from blaise213

Theres an easy solution that I've said time and time again

Retractible roof stadiums. But the owners in MLS are too cheap.

The Minnesota Vikings new stadium is what all the NFL stadiums out east need to all look like. MLS needs to follow that same model
Blaise213 it's not that they're cheap but they don't have the money NFL owners do plus most, if not all those retractable roof stadiums were done with partial taxpayer money and are multi-purpose stadiums. No city will build a 30,000 seat soccer only retractable roof stadium.

rainORshine
Post #9
Saturday January 4, 2014 7:37pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 2,097
playing in december / jan / feb in northern US (east of PNW) is just a no go. too cold. MLS cup final was compromised due to frozen pitch in KC

just no way around a spring-fall schedule. i would like to see a heavier/compressed schedule so that cup final is played by thanksgiving weekend.

also would not mind seeing a mini break (2-3 weeks) in july/august to avoid some of the ridiculous heat extremes - games with 90+ heat/humidity can be painful to watch...

blaise213
Post #10
Saturday January 4, 2014 8:20pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,841
Original post from joey11

Blaise213 it's not that they're cheap but they don't have the money NFL owners do plus most, if not all those retractable roof stadiums were done with partial taxpayer money and are multi-purpose stadiums. No city will build a 30,000 seat soccer only retractable roof stadium.


The stadiums shouldnt be 30,000. Big markets should be 40,000 and up. You can also build a roof to provide a lot more cover. Houston dynamo failed on that.

The cheapest owner in MLS is in my market.... Lew Wolff - (oakland A's/Earthquakes owner)

MLB rejected his downtown San Jose stadium proposal for the A's. SF Giants owns the territory rights. Instead he keeps the MLS second rate and is building a mediocre stadium.

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/264/sanjoset...

With all the big tech companies, partner up and build a 40,000 seat stadium in SJ.

MLS FAIL..... I pray the new SJ stadium becomes an academy complex and they eventually build the right stadium in that location

joey11
Post #11
Saturday January 4, 2014 10:35pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 278
Original post from blaise213

The stadiums shouldnt be 30,000. Big markets should be 40,000 and up. You can also build a roof to provide a lot more cover. Houston dynamo failed on that.

The cheapest owner in MLS is in my market.... Lew Wolff - (oakland A's/Earthquakes owner)

MLB rejected his downtown San Jose stadium proposal for the A's. SF Giants owns the territory rights. Instead he keeps the MLS second rate and is building a mediocre stadium.

http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/264/sanjoset...

With all the big tech companies, partner up and build a 40,000 seat stadium in SJ.

MLS FAIL..... I pray the new SJ stadium becomes an academy complex and they eventually build the right stadium in that location
Hey I agree I'd like bigger stadiums but that's not going to happen in most markets because they want the stadium filled to capacity. League attendance hasn't grown enough yet for that to happen.

EKneezy
Atlanta
Post #12
Sunday January 5, 2014 3:50am

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,076
Original post from admsghs27

No way mls switches schedules it will be the end. not only playing in frigid wheather but competing with NFL, NBA ext... I mean if the packers, Bengals, even colts barely met the.deadline on ticket sales I doubt people will come out to watch mls games.


That's a great point. If those NFL teams can barely sell enough tickets in frigid weather, what makes anyone think a whole stadium for a MLS game would sell out? This is a no go. Stick to the summer schedule.

dunlopp9987
Post #13
Tuesday August 5, 2014 6:25pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 2,641
http://prosoccertalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/05...=

Take it with a grain of salt, seeing as it's coming from Blatter. But interesting nonetheless.
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admsghs27
Post #14
Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:54pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 6,060
Blatter needs to get drug tested or something. Just speaking out of his Ass.

Jzaval01
Post #15
Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:34pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 3,315
So pathetic that anything that old man says is news when in reality its trash he is talking.

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