MLS in Businessweek 11/22

Discussion in 'MLS: News & Analysis' started by wwsoc12, Nov 17, 2004.

  1. wwsoc12

    wwsoc12 New Member

    Jul 27, 2003
    Please read the article on MLS in Business magazine 11/22/04.
    Finally positive comments about MLS : Kick it up a notch.. and MLS looks healthier. Now its game needs spice..
  2. abilenecosmos

    abilenecosmos Member

    Nov 2, 2004
    The Rock
    Got a link to it? I suck at finding things on the net.
  3. Justin O

    Justin O Member+

    Seattle Sounders
    United States
    Nov 30, 1998
    on the run from the covid
    The online version is only free to magazine subscibers.

    And yes, those of us with no hope of seeing the actual magazine would appreciate a summary!
  4. Chicago1871

    Chicago1871 Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Summay: MLS has still lost $350M since inception in '96. Garber goes on about growing slowly and steadily.

    Summary: Bit about parity and Eurosnobs wanting to watch higher level of soccer instead of the domestic league. Single entity and limited SIs="uninspiring parity." Criticism of playoff format (all but 2 make the postseason).

    Summary: Say Uncle: Phil Anschutz, Lamar Hunt, and Bob Kraft. The big 3 in MLS...blah blah. Only the Galaxy have ever turned a profit. Loosen foreign player restrictions, marketing international stars. Use Beckham as an example. Talk about the Champions Tour as well as the good days of the NASL, re: quality of play. Reformat the playoff structure, etc.

    Overall, nothing that hasen't been discussed on end on these boards almost daily. Not a bad piece in the end if you don't hang out here and already know it.
  5. Stan Collins

    Stan Collins Member+

    Feb 26, 1999
    Silver Spring, MD
    But it gives us a great idea of what the 'outside world' thinks. And it represents a distinct change in tone from what was going aound a couple years ago.
  6. Soccer Doc

    Soccer Doc Member+

    Nov 30, 2001
    Keene, NH
    New England Revolution
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    What we say on these Boards may not have an impact on Garber and the owners and that kind of article may have a smidge of influence either. BUT GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING. It seems like Garber et al know it's time to take the show to the next level--higher Cap, new teams. more SSS, larger rosters, more SI's and TI's, reserve system, more attacking style of play---etc etc etc.--and all this within that cost constraints/containment of Single Entry. I think we will not see any change away from single entry for many years to come.
  7. ojsgillt

    ojsgillt Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Lee's Summit MO
    Nor should we. Single entity is still a new and unproven concept but so far it has worked to keep a young league stable. In terms of sports leagues MLS is still in a pre-adolescent stage. It still needs to keep teams so close in terms of parity until the generation who were children back in 96 can bring their own children. That may be at least another 10 years, but in 10 years is what it may be to iron out the wrinkles that plague the league today. Scheduling, low salary caps, television contracts, stadiums, and number of teams, playoff system (number of teams,or to have them at all).

    It is better to take time to do it right the first time when sweeping changes can be done with a top down ran league than a league that left problems to owners who were pushed out quickly to fight it out in the free market.
  8. Wallydrag

    Wallydrag BigSoccer Supporter

    Jul 24, 2002
    Oklahoma City
    FC Dallas
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    I think every team needs to show individual profitability before we can start thinking about moving away from single-entity.

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