Apr. 8th, 2008 @ 02:36 am
i wanted to bring this up and hear what people think: give the new philly franchise a year to settle in and try and make a playoff spot just like everyone else has done in the past, but then:
starting in 2011, i propose these changes:
1. MLS, as our domestic league is titled, changes its name to the AMERICAN PREMIERSHIP or something similiar.. maybe NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERSHIP since TFC is with us now.. but essentially, i want to hear it called the premiership or something that really sets our league apart from the other US sports..
2. switch to a european table format. top team in the entire league wins the Premiership Cup.
3. mls cup now becomes another competition much like the carling cup is in england. just the top flight gets in and they duke it out through the year.
4. introduce goal line technology as well as two more refs on the sidelines
5. fade out the salary cap (which, if anything, will eventually happen)
6. C Ronaldo moves to chivas usa to play with Theo Walcott as we win the league for the third year in a row
what do you think?
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i like the 2nd idea. The first idea is alright but its not going to happen.
1. No. Switch it from an American name so it's just like the English one?
2. I don't know, maybe I'm weird, but I like the playoffs.
3. If there were no more playoffs, fine.
4. I don't care.
5. Is slowly happening?
6. Right after the Crew win the Cup.
1. Interesting idea. I do know necessarily know i that exact name is the answe but something that sets it apart at least.
2. As much as I would like to see that, I have heard it will never happe because of the mindset of the people in MLS. Also, without a relegation in play I do now know how much it would be effective.
3. works for me.
4. I can see this happening.
5. this is manadatory if the league wants to actually be thought it highly.
6. no chance in hell.
Sadly, alot of these ideas probably will not happen because of the miindset of the leaders in MLS. They view it mainly from an American sports perspective rather than from a true soccer perspective.
I earnestly prefer the aspects of American sports-culture that are built into MLS, so I'd say no to 1-3. (I wouldn't mind the Supporter's Shield getting more cred/status, but the MLS Playoffs & Cup are going to be the crescendo to the end of the season.)
4: Go with whatever FIFA and/or other world leagues recommend.
5: We need to definitely increase the salary cap, but I'm not yet sure about removing it entirely. It'd have big efects on the league, no doubt.
6: Revs first, but sure thing.
It's an American league, why not have an American name?
Again, it's an American league, fans love the excitement and drama of a playoff system. Just listen around the water cooler at work, people start watching sports in playoff season. More people watch hockey and baseball during the playoffs and look at March Madness- jeez!
One thing I would like to see is a promotion/relegation system in our league(s). I doubt the USL would have enough funding to compete against the top-flight.
|Date:||April 9th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)|| |
no. No. NO.
Why try to fit in with everyone else? We are what we are where we are. Don't go all Euro-snobby. We will NEVER go to single table promotion-relegation, fall-spring schedule, never change our league name, never move away from US-ized team names, never, ever, ever. Did I mention NEVER? Why would you want to be a copycat of a league where only 4 teams win on a regular basis? How fucking boring is that???
And the Crew will win the cup. Someday before St Louis buys us. ;-)
i really believe two things will NEVER happen in the US: relegation and calling the game football as it should be.
Why try to copy Europe? There are plenty of successful leagues that determine their champions by playoffs. Take, for example, the one just south of the border, which also happens to be the most financially successful league in the Americas...
See, there is no single way the "rest of the world" runs soccer leagues.
I'm really sick of the whole promotion and relegation fight that people keep on forcing on the MLS. Here's a secret. IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.
It is entirely unprecedented in American sports and for American sports owners to vote for something that could potentially massively devalue their product is beyond unlikely. Key things for the MLS to do are eliminate single entity ownership (MLS players sign contracts with the league, not the clubs) and significantly raise the salary cap.
The first part will be easily possible once there are not people owning multiple clubs, which was necessary at the start of the league. The second will happen over time as profits increase.
I think the most important thing that the MLS needs right now is a focus on youth development programs as a way of player acquisition. They are getting there as RBNY, I believe, signed a player from their development set up, but the Revs don't even have one yet. There needs to be a league mandate to have thoses academies and that needs to include a minimum spending ammount.
i think youre the second person to mention that relegation is a bad idea in reponse to what i posted - but take another look, i didnt mention anything about relegation.
oh i absolutley love the idea of relegation and i wish that would eventually happen, but i know its never going to happen here in the US; especially from a business perspective.
honestly, the reason relegation works so well in europe is that the leagues are a hundred years old. i read somewhere, and im totally misqouting right now, 'football clubs were never intended as money making businesses. american sports club were always about money'..
oh how i would love if baseball had relegation and we wouldnt have to deal with seeing the cubs or royals fail miserably year after year...
the ideas i have, in my mind, bring about the rules/ideals on how this game is played around the world. its good that america tries to take this thing and americanize it, especially now when the money isnt really pouring in, but i think its an important lesson all the other leagues can teach us, cause obviusly its working and has worked for while now.
overall, probably the most important things our league needs to focus on , youve stated: have a great youth development program and start spending on top talent. i agree that getting rid of the salary cap tommorrow would be a bad idea, but its definitely something that needs to adjust over time.
I started the relegation argument- my bad! baseball couldn't have relegation though since the minor league teams are farm teams of the big boys BUT there's one idea that the MLS could adopt from its sister major league. That would definitely help with youth development by giving players immediate starting time for a club, thought not the top club, and it would lock young players in with a team.
Maybe that's too much of my baseball fandom coming out though.