http://soccerreform.us/blog/?p=888 http://soccerreform.us/blog/?p=863 One is from June, the other more recent, but found it interesting, as it pertains to the pro/rel discussion, as well as the entire setup in this country. Basically, this guys argument is that the current setup with MLS, hurts club football, as does having a league you must buy in to, and that for us ever to have pro/rel, we'd have to open up the club scene. I thought it was interesting, and have been thinking about it. Just wondering, what would the soccer landscape here look like, if clubs were allowed to poor as much money as they wanted into only their own club, and if they proved it on the field, they would qualify for our top division. It would mean we had a pro/rel system in place, and say the top 20 clubs are in the premier division, and competition for those 20 spots would be open for any club in the country, without any financial restraints. Hypothetically, then a club like the Cosmos wouldn't have to worry about buying into MLS, but instead spend that money on their roster and stadium, and then on the field they show whether they are ready to move up to the premier division. Other clubs would be free to do this as well. I'd think we might see an increase in investment in soccer if this happened. Would an NASL owner for example, consider looking for a new stadium deal, and pumping 10M into his roster, if it meant he wouldn't have to pay a 100M buy in fee for MLS, and could qualify for the top division just by being successful on the field? Look at SJ as an example. 60M for their stadium. So hypothetically, you could buy/build a new stadium, pump 10M into your roster, and it would cost roughly 30M less then just buying into MLS. Then, if a few clubs did that, the competition would increase. Maybe some clubs are regulated, but there would be a hungry club with a hungry owner taking its place, who invested tens of millions into his club, because he didn't have to worry about the 100M buy in fee. Would also open the soccer scene in more cities cross the country, and give more cities/kids a pathway to the top/premier division. Again, just thought it was interesting, and a point of view I had not seen before.