The was an article in The Times (UK) a few days ago about the first home match played by Wimbledon FC at their new home 80 miles away in the town of Milton Keynes. While not particularly wishing to get into the "should franchising be allowed or not?" debate, I am curious as to how the American media (especially the media of the cities involved) reacts to such moves, bearing in mind they do seem to be more commonplace over there. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/printFriendly/0,,1-934-828372,00.html A UNIQUE solution to a unique problem will finally be unveiled on Saturday. Or, as the match between Wimbledon and Burnley should more appropriately be tagged — “Stealing somebody’s club: the way forward for football in the 21st century”. On a hockey field somewhere in the South Midlands, the club that ran away from their fans gets the chance to fulfil its loathsome destiny. Bottom of the Nationwide League first division (oh, joy) and still short of the 28,000-seat stadium that was part of the unique package placed before the dimwits at the Football League and Football Association, Wimbledon will limp 80 miles north, the pariahs of the professional game. Like all marriages of convenience, I’ll give it two years, tops. MOD NOTE: Please do not post copyrighted material in full. Thanks.