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Post #1
Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:39pm

Joined Mar 2014
Total Posts: 562
I know a number of people want relegation. However, Mexico has suspended it for at least two seasons, and now Italian courts have suspended the Serie B season due to at least 3 teams declaring bankruptcy. I know each situation is a story into itself, but is it really economically feasible?

Lilshmike
Post #2
Tuesday September 18, 2018 4:26pm

Joined Oct 2012
Total Posts: 870
Currently in the US, no. MLS teams struggle financially. The salary caps are aimed at preventing ruin for teams who purchase big time players and pay ridiculously high salaries. They learned from the NASL, and are trying to keep the league afloat and slowly grow over time.

One problem is that the country is so large that travel costs are high. The only way that pro/rel would be possible is have it take place on a geographic basis. With the aim of having 28-32 teams in the MLS. There would need to be 4 teams pro/rel each season (2 from west and east). In the lower divisions, pro/rel would occur on a geographic basis as well. The problem with that is we neither have the interest nor a large enough fan base in the US to support 2/3 full leagues. Teams in the 2nd and 3rd divisions now are struggling, with the exception of only a few.

Not only that, but a lot of MLS fans are fair weather. If their team, say San Jose for example, were to get dropped to the 2nd division, its very likely that many fans would lose interest and stop going to games. This would undoubtedly hit their checkbooks. And that is before you account for the loss TV revenue (which would also probably drop because a 2nd division wouldn't yield the same advertising appeal that MLS has - which also isn't great at the moment).

It would be great to have pro/rel, but it seems like there are a number of barriers to implementation that would potentially cause financial turmoil/collapse in the lower levels. There is definitely a way to accomplish it, but a lot has to happen and the time horizon that we would be looking at is probably 10-20 years away.

2tone
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Post #3
Tuesday September 18, 2018 5:57pm

Joined Jul 2012
Total Posts: 9,840
I think pro/rel is not suitable for American fan base nor for American investors. I think a hybrid system will eventually happen here, but not an out right pro/rel system. It's going to be more of a farm system like baseball.


The final stretch of the English league season is upon us, with several Americans on the verge of relegation with their teams.
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