Minnesota Stars 2013 ?

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  1. brentgoulet

    brentgoulet Member+

    Oct 12, 2005
    PuertoPlata, DomRep
    Comish Downs: The Stars are currently funded by the league, as the search for a new owner continues. If an owner isn’t found, it will be up to a vote of the owners on Oct. 27 to determine whether the Stars are funded for 2013 — or are folded.
    “They have 40 days to find an owner or have a pending offer,” said Downs. “If not, it will up to the board to decide whether to fund the team — or not, depending on the number of new teams we will have for 2013.”
     
  2. Soccer Joe

    Soccer Joe Member

    Sep 23, 2012
    With Traffic pulling their money, which was helping to fund several,NASL teams I doubt they will vote to fund Minnesota next year since they have to find fund to make up for the Traffic funds they don't have anymore.
     
  3. Prosoccercdn

    Prosoccercdn Member+

    Aug 6, 2011
    Club:
    FC Edmonton
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    How about :

    4) They win the Soccer Bowl again and the league has to keep them going one more year!
     
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  4. Chance

    Chance Member+

    Minnesota United FC
    United States
    Apr 5, 2012
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Hopefully Zygi Wilf buys a soccer franchise and moves them into the new Vikes stadium.
     
  5. brentgoulet

    brentgoulet Member+

    Oct 12, 2005
    PuertoPlata, DomRep
    but wouldn't that be blackmail ? ;)
     
  6. brentgoulet

    brentgoulet Member+

    Oct 12, 2005
    PuertoPlata, DomRep
    Minnesota already eliminating PR 1-2
     
  7. ceezmad

    ceezmad Member+

    Mar 4, 2010
    Chicago
    Club:
    Chicago Red Stars
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Well at least one more Home game for the Stars
     
  8. Prosoccercdn

    Prosoccercdn Member+

    Aug 6, 2011
    Club:
    FC Edmonton
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    The Stars played well today, 2 goalposts hit as well so they could have had a few more goals. I really like Lagos as a coach, he really seems to be able to motivate his players well.
     
  9. ButlerBob

    ButlerBob Moderator
    Staff Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Evanston, IL
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think a ticket sales drive or deposits on 2013 season ticket drive would help them more then winning the title.
     
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  10. brentgoulet

    brentgoulet Member+

    Oct 12, 2005
    PuertoPlata, DomRep
    The Stars are offering discounted tickets for Saturday evening’s match but the tickets must be purchased by Friday at noon. The price is $5 for youth and $10 for adult.
     
  11. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The bottom line is a potential investor would have to be convinced of the future viability of a DII club in Minnesota, with all its challenges. Given that any potential investor would have 20 years of historical data to look at, that sales job would have to be...really optimistic (especially given the last few years). There have been high points you could point to, obviously, but I don't know if the longer-term trend could be overcome.

    Now, if you could do a Lamar Hunt-like push (the one that saw the Wizards' sales spike) or a Columbus-launch-like push, that might help convince someone that the market is there. But it would be a lot of work for somebody. As you say, though, that would go a lot farther than just winning the championship.
     
  12. Prosoccercdn

    Prosoccercdn Member+

    Aug 6, 2011
    Club:
    FC Edmonton
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Just to clarify, so the Minnesota Stars being a league owned team are funded by the other 7 teams at the moment and Traffic gives no money at all for their budjet?

    So if the budget for instance was 700,000 per year then each team must contribute 100,000 per year to them?
     
  13. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Who do you think the other seven owners includes?
     
  14. Prosoccercdn

    Prosoccercdn Member+

    Aug 6, 2011
    Club:
    FC Edmonton
    Nat'l Team:
    Canada
    Right, Traffic, just wondering if they also give extra $ or not on top of the 1/7th per team portion, which if not the $ amount could be quite a big portion to a team owner.

    Just trying to think about what the other owners may be looking at in funding the team for another year. I think its in their best interests for them to keep them going for 1 more year at least till Ottawa and another possible expansion team enter - If they lose the Stars and are again at 8 teams it looks like a negative for the league, better to have 9 teams and try one more time to find a buyer imho.
     
  15. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Don't know. But obviously they would be the biggest funder.
     
  16. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I don't think the perception is as big a deal as you believe it to be (I doubt too many people can name the number of teams in the league, or would notice if there was x number one year and x number another year).

    I believe it will/should come down to "Is a new, local owner realistic?"

    I don't believe there's an imperative for them to have 9 teams in 2013, especially if Ottawa is a go for 2014 and they announce somebody else for 2014 by year's end. (I know for a fact they're close on one, because I talked to the guy yesterday.) I don't think a waiver will be an issue.

    So if a waiver's not an issue....and perception's not really an issue (sometimes it's nice to perform in relative obscurity), the issue as to whether or not you continue to cough up a couple hundred grand apiece (not an insignificant amount) comes down to "Is a new local owner realistic?"

    My perspective from far away is that it's not realistic. That may be incorrect, for all I know, the supposed interest Downs alluded to in a recent interview may be actual interest, bona fide interest. But it's hard to see exactly why you'd do it, or why, after the last several years where it was painfully obvious an owner was necessary, someone would suddenly show up who was viable and willing to do it.

    If I was an owner and had a vote, I'd say, "This is not in our best interests, one, and it certainly does me no good. If someone wants to try again in Minnesota at some point, God love 'em. But as of October 26, if you haven't produced a check, that's it, it's over."

    It's not show friends, it's show business.
     
  17. brentgoulet

    brentgoulet Member+

    Oct 12, 2005
    PuertoPlata, DomRep
    not impossible that this game will be the last :( game of this Minnesota franchise

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  18. Bluesfan

    Bluesfan Member+

    Aug 12, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    If they lose it will more than likely be their last. If they win, then they would have two more and then be done.
     
  19. brentgoulet

    brentgoulet Member+

    Oct 12, 2005
    PuertoPlata, DomRep
    Pro Soccer has been a bad business in Minnesota :(
     
  20. Bluesfan

    Bluesfan Member+

    Aug 12, 2000
    Baltimore
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    Scotland
    A team without an owner and no prospects for one is on borrowed time. Just ask the Tampa Bay Mutiny fans.
     
  21. brentgoulet

    brentgoulet Member+

    Oct 12, 2005
    PuertoPlata, DomRep
    SAD BUT TRUE :(
     
  22. MuzzaFC

    MuzzaFC Member

    Nov 6, 2011
    Good night sweet Prince.
     
  23. kenntomasch

    kenntomasch Member+

    Sep 2, 1999
    Out West
    Club:
    FC Tampa Bay Rowdies
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Do not look at Prince.
     
  24. cdskou

    cdskou Member

    Sep 17, 2012
    Club:
    Olympiakos Piraeus
    Tampa Bay, give it one more season and.........
     
  25. brentgoulet

    brentgoulet Member+

    Oct 12, 2005
    PuertoPlata, DomRep
    Minnesota 1-2 up at San Antonio and only 8 minutes away from the finals
     

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