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MSantoine
Post #16
Thursday January 9, 2014 12:58pm

Joined Nov 2012
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Original post from 2tone

You want MLS to have better academies, and able to pay are talented youngsters better?

Well MLS needs better TV deals and more fans caring about the league. The only way to do that is to sign players like MB90 and Dempsey who have that cached name here in North America.

This is going to set up a tidal wave of interest here in MLS. Which measn better TV deals, and better ratings.

Now imagine the USMNT getting out of the group stage with Donovan, Dempsey, and Bradley who all will be playing in MLS. Yeah MLS could sky rocket in attendance and TV ratings this up coming year.


Here in lies the rub. Soccer is probably the last reamaining sport that is infinity better to watch live then on tv. There is so much off ball movement, and it all can instantly lead to a big play that its hard for the cameras to do it justice. Throw in the fact that since its 45-48 minutes of non stop play there arent any commercial slots to throw in there. They need some great marketing strategy and need to take chances. They need to go to the broadcasters with a great plan. Im wondering if they tried things like one commercial everytime a player is feigning injury? It would add commercial slots, and take the camera off the one thing most people hate about soccer, the purposeful time wasting. That may not be the answer but they need to think outside the box to get advertisers and broadcasters on board. If they ever do MLS will fly by the European leagues as if they ever get the tv money watch out

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #17
Thursday January 9, 2014 3:59pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,467
We're not going to get the same money that the European leagues get, until we have as many top tier leagues and high level of international club competition that they do.

MLS should start with a very small increase in the player minimum wage while also providing an increase in the salary cap to include the player wage increase, plus maybe an additional amount TBD. This can be done most likely before any serious increase in TV revenue by most, if not all clubs without missing a step.

dstones77
Hagerstown, MD
Post #18
Thursday January 9, 2014 4:08pm

Joined Mar 2013
Total Posts: 216
To be completely honest I've been a Eurosnob watching basically only the premiere league. I've always followed the MLS, but never really watched it (doesn't help DC United has been average since 2005). but this years playoffs and with NBC taking over coverage making it easier to watch, I found myself having a much larger interest. I feel that as fans we NEED to watch the MLS season this year and stop bitching about how bad the ratings are. I'm extremely excited for this season, and soccer in general in 2014

blaise213
Post #19
Thursday January 9, 2014 5:32pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 2,927
It would be even more exciting if American players didnt count against the salary cap or DP slots.

Imagine what the LA Galaxy would look like with this rule !!!!

---Keane --- Samuel -----
Zardes ------- Donovan
---- J Jones - Lampard ----
A Cole - Opare - Gonzo - De la
------ Penedo --------

Lovely !!

ktbffhTXac
Post #20
Thursday January 9, 2014 6:24pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 124
Original post from Loche Achles

In the end it is all about money. Money comes from TV.

The proof is in the pudding... The Beckham experiment worked. It revolutionized the legitimacy of MLS, in one stroke. We are so much better than just 10 years ago, even 5.

This is another revolution, happening so quickly and even bigger than that. Young Brazilians, Bradley, Defoe, Dempsey... The train is rolling. If only Portland nabbed Mixx.

I'm thinking about getting MLS pass now to watch all games. I watched here and there before but not as committed (no team by me so that hurts). But this has me pumped.

Also I thought this would be poor for USMNT in the short term which saddened me, but on closer reflection I'm not so sure... Having a lot of Americans playing here in MLS will help the development of an "American" style of play. This is crucial for international success which is largely based on cohesion and identity between the squad. My 2 cents anyways.


Agree wholeheartedly with this statement. While it would be nice to see Americans playing for top European clubs, it could prove to be more beneficial to the USSF if our best players played in the same league and/or on the same team (a la Bayern Munich and Barcelona).

navi8132
New York
Post #21
Thursday January 9, 2014 6:27pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 3,100
Diskerud, Boyd, and Jones all belong in MLS. Hell, even Klesjtan. Agudelo should remain.

ktbffhTXac
Post #22
Thursday January 9, 2014 6:29pm

Joined Dec 2012
Total Posts: 124
Original post from recycledhumans

We're not going to get the same money that the European leagues get, until we have as many top tier leagues and high level of international club competition that they do.

MLS should start with a very small increase in the player minimum wage while also providing an increase in the salary cap to include the player wage increase, plus maybe an additional amount TBD. This can be done most likely before any serious increase in TV revenue by most, if not all clubs without missing a step.


An additional option to consider would be expanding the league to Mexico and the rest of Central America while also implementing a tier system for promotion and relegation.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #23
Thursday January 9, 2014 6:29pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,357
The Revs sign Charlie Davies on a permanent basis.

Could Davies create a resurgence of his international career heading into the 2018 WC cycle? Should be interesting to see.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #24
Thursday January 9, 2014 6:32pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,357
I am telling you to look out for the Jozy and Howard to NYCFC rumors to start heating up heading into the fall in 2014.

MSantoine
Post #25
Thursday January 9, 2014 6:58pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 3,723
Original post from 2tone

The Revs sign Charlie Davies on a permanent basis.

Could Davies create a resurgence of his international career heading into the 2018 WC cycle? Should be interesting to see.


Looks like he'll try to help fill the void by the loss of Agudelo. I could see him working his way into the 2015 or 2017 gold cup roster

recycledhumans
DFWTX
Post #26
Thursday January 9, 2014 8:20pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,467
Original post from ktbffhTXac

An additional option to consider would be expanding the league to Mexico and the rest of Central America while also implementing a tier system for promotion and relegation.


That's a great idea but wouldn't really be feasible until we get some sort of cheap, faster than everything but a plane mode of travel that crisscrosses the continent, something like a high speed rail/maglev system. Otherwise, traveling support will be minimal.

I'm more in favor of adding another club comp., the Europa league equivalent in CONCACAF if you will. More teams = more fans. More fans = more money to be made. More money to be made = more advertising/sponsorship revenue.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #27
Thursday January 9, 2014 9:11pm

Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts: 1,016
Original post from 2tone

I am telling you to look out for the Jozy and Howard to NYCFC rumors to start heating up heading into the fall in 2014.


Both have strong NJ ties. Henry will be done in a year or two. I dont know what Robles's status is, but Howard would be an upgrade.

NYCFC will go bigger and stonger with their DP signings, American or not.

2tone
Ten-Towns
Post #28
Thursday January 9, 2014 9:34pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 10,357
Original post from richieJkulesaNY

Both have strong NJ ties. Henry will be done in a year or two. I dont know what Robles's status is, but Howard would be an upgrade.

NYCFC will go bigger and stonger with their DP signings, American or not.


Who would you like NYCFC to go after as DP's? I still think they should sign a USMNT player as one.

richieJkulesaNY
Post #29
Thursday January 9, 2014 11:42pm

Joined Jun 2012
Total Posts: 1,016
Original post from 2tone

Who would you like NYCFC to go after as DP's? I still think they should sign a USMNT player as one.


We could speculate all day but they're definitely going to try to make a big splash right out the gates. I definitely want to see a US national come here. It very well could be Jozy, and that's not something I would be upset about, but I'd rather have Johannsson. Would love to see them make a play for Geoff Cameron and I've always had a soft spot for Gyau.

Then of course there is the Man City connection.

This is going to be fun. NYC will be a huge attraction for players.

CS10
Post #30
Thursday January 16, 2014 12:27am

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 94
Xavi to Red Bulls after Brazil WC!! Confirmed by a reliable Sky italia reporter on twitter!! WOW

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