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2tone
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Post #16
Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:40pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 5,021
MLS president already shot this down. There is zero reason for MLS to switch to an August to May schedule.

db707
Post #17
Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:53pm

Joined Oct 2013
Total Posts: 109
I could see them building in the FIFA international match date windows into the calendar more than they have been doing. And compressing a bit so the season ends right before Thanksgiving. But yes, switching the season schedule to the European standard I hope doesn't happen and I believe Garber understands the pitfalls. Summer you can play games later in the evening to lessen the effect of the heat and humidity. Winter you have far fewer options. Transportation nightmares (this is a country where most cities with teams are built for people to drive to games, snow and cold would severely hurt attendance in many places), you'd get postponements of games due to weather (the U.S. women had to postpone a game in Atlanta this winter, because people couldn't get there). There are many things MLS can do better, a radical shift of the schedule isn't one of them and shouldn't be a priority.

Jzaval01
Post #18
Tuesday August 5, 2014 8:59pm

Joined May 2013
Total Posts: 1,547
I dont understand how people cant see the pitfall of a switch. Everyone wants us to switch so badly without them knowing why it isnt done in the first place. Thats how much MLS haters know about the league and the country.

admsghs27
Post #19
Tuesday August 5, 2014 9:20pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,159
If anything FIFA should switch to the MLS Calendar!!

dunlopp9987
Post #20
Tuesday August 5, 2014 9:48pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 1,201
Original post from admsghs27

If anything FIFA should switch to the MLS Calendar!!


Yes, because if there's one thing these leagues that have been around for a century should do, it's to copy a league that's been around for about 2 decades...
COYB!!
richieJkulesaNY
Post #21
Tuesday August 5, 2014 11:38pm

Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts: 942
Great point from The Shin Guardian:

"The MLS playoff system combined with being off the FIFA calendar makes it real easy to be ridiculously frugal for 1/2 the season."

tylercocinas
Post #22
Tuesday August 5, 2014 11:40pm

Joined Aug 2012
Total Posts: 754
Original post from dunlopp9987

Yes, because if there's one thing these leagues that have been around for a century should do, it's to copy a league that's been around for about 2 decades...


Don't get caught up in the Old World mentality, Dunlopp. Too many people in football are blinded by it already. I'm not saying that MLS is right for having the schedule it does, or that they should align themselves with Europe, but the relative ages of the leagues is inconsequential.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #23
Tuesday August 5, 2014 11:45pm

Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts: 942
Original post from TheTruth

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.


Training, not playing, in hot weather gives you the advantage, which is why teams have their preseason in warmer climates. Watching games in 85+ temps is noticeably taxing on players bodies and such, make the games tough to watch.

dunlopp9987
Post #24
Tuesday August 5, 2014 11:50pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 1,201
Original post from tylercocinas

Don't get caught up in the Old World mentality, Dunlopp. Too many people in football are blinded by it already. I'm not saying that MLS is right for having the schedule it does, or that they should align themselves with Europe, but the relative ages of the leagues is inconsequential.


True, the ages of the leagues doesn't really matter. I'm just saying that the European leagues have had this schedule for a long time, and it works well for them, so there's no need for them to change. And I agree that a schedule change by MLS would be difficult. They would be fighting the NFL, NBA, and NHL for fans, and the weather would be a tough thing to deal with.
COYB!!
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