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Loche Achles
Post #16
Wednesday April 17, 2013 2:37pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 269
I always think its funny when people say nobody know __insert MLS player name here__ and thus somehow its not a news story. Meanwhile, they'll talk about some youtube sensation from Norway who gets a pre-contract with the Lions... I'd never heard of him but hey it was cool to learn about.

The media sucks it big time. Though they've come a long way. Anyone else remember the first time they saw an MLS play on SC Top Ten? Mind blown.

platter
Jacksonville, FL
Post #17
Wednesday April 17, 2013 3:31pm

Joined Jan 2013
Total Posts: 83
Developing MLS was an experiment for at least the first decade of it's existence.

Today it transitioning into the mainstream, something that is difficult to do in an over-saturated American sports scene. All and all MLS is doing a decent job, particularly compared to the MLS of say 2007, a mere 6 year ago.

Where they can do a better job: I agree with Blaise, the location of the stadiums needs to improve. A game needs to be a metropolis wide event and that just isn't the case when it's being held in a parking lot out in the suburbs.
In terms of the players coming here, you can say bring in players in their primes, but you have to convince them to come here. Does the Eurobasketball league get in prime american players to play there? NO. Even European Hockey has a difficult time drawing players away from the NHL, (unless there is a strike going on, which never happens).
The best way to draw better players into the league is to get involved in the Copa Libertadores.
One more thing, don't really know if it would help or hurt the league, but would love to see relegation/promotion introduced. Just adds excitement, and the chance for a team from say Rochester or Charleston to play with the big boys.

admsghs27
Post #18
Wednesday April 17, 2013 8:02pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 2,735
Location of stadiums is important but not by alot.. I mean the home depot centet home of the la Galaxy is about an hour away from LA.. and still get good attendance, real salt lake, union, not sure about jeld wen, but we need to win international tournaments such as concacaf, club wc. Also schedule more higher teams, not just from europe but also from south america... if we bring boca, river, santos,.sao paulo, ext.. Im sure they will fill 60 to 80k at stadiums. The more revenue we get the higher the salary cap will be.. Also try to get middle eastern, russian billionares to own mls teams, spend likr crazy.

logicoverall
Post #19
Thursday April 18, 2013 3:11pm

Joined Feb 2013
Total Posts: 207
I think there is too much financial fragility at this point to install a promotion and relegation system. Someday, but not any time soon.

As a DC United fan, I'm interested to see what a new stadium can do for attendance in the next few years. Rumors place the new stadium in a much more metropolitan location, instead of in a dilapidated outdated facility on the outskirts of the city (RFK). If attendance booms, I'll agree that all the new stadiums should move into the metro areas.

I think patience is the name of the game with MLS. Soccer fandome will surpass baseball, hockey, and basketball in the next several generations. Every time there is a major international tournament (and the US does OK), soccer picks up a bit more momentum. The last few world cups have helped increase exposure and added new fans to the domestic league.

MSantoine
Post #20
Thursday April 18, 2013 3:24pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,939
Original post from logicoverall

I think there is too much financial fragility at this point to install a promotion and relegation system. Someday, but not any time soon.

As a DC United fan, I'm interested to see what a new stadium can do for attendance in the next few years. Rumors place the new stadium in a much more metropolitan location, instead of in a dilapidated outdated facility on the outskirts of the city (RFK). If attendance booms, I'll agree that all the new stadiums should move into the metro areas.

I think patience is the name of the game with MLS. Soccer fandome will surpass baseball, hockey, and basketball in the next several generations. Every time there is a major international tournament (and the US does OK), soccer picks up a bit more momentum. The last few world cups have helped increase exposure and added new fans to the domestic league.


I agree. The issue (or main one at least) with the revs is that Gillette stadium is about 45 min to an hour away from boston. Theres is only one highway that goes to it so traffic is a nightmare. You cant walk to it as its state roads for ~5 miles in each direction. And there is no direct public transportation (ie subway). If they put a new 20-30k seat stadium in any of the suburbs of boston attendance would sky rocket. Right now you cant just decide to go to the revs game. You have to plan and spend the whole day (which is fine for me but not casual fans).

dolcem
Post #21
Thursday April 18, 2013 4:34pm

Joined Nov 2012
Total Posts: 1,026
Patience is definitely the name of the game. But that doesn't mean there's a lot we need to work on.

Issues like stadiums, scheduling, the fields (turf or grass), etc., while important, will improve with time, and more importantly are nothing compared to the importance of youth development.

People won't really watch soccer in this country until we get good at it and even the soccer fans won't watch the MLS until its quality is really good (we get incredible crowds for European friendlies that we'd never get for MLS matches, and of course MLS' TV ratings are way lower than the Champions League, for example). This means improving youth development so that the league and national team start dominating at the international level. Then we'll get tons of people in the US to be crazy about the sport and for a large base of casual fans to prop it up financially (which in turn attracts more foreign talent). The MLS needs to churn out good young players who go overseas (and with the very best becoming world class). The league will gradually get better over time and with the national team doing very well (because some of those guys would be world class) people would start watching the MLS on TV since it has proven itself as a decent league (one that can produce players of top quality, and of course by this point the level of play will be higher). Once more money comes in we'll better slowly retain more talent and get more overseas talent. Eventually we'll equal some of the best leagues in the world.

Raising the salary cap is what a lot of people talk about but it won't improve the league much. The majority of the players will be American (which is necessary), so the talent level won't change much, it'll just be the same players getting paid more. And of course aside from the DP's (who don't count towards the cap), we can already afford to bring in quality players from South America (the Argentine league's salaries are very low, for instance), the ones that do come aren't only coming for salary reasons (although that's obviously part of it).
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