Hi all: Tim Holt said the other day that promotion and relegation the way of most other soccer nations was Problem number 1: Under US franchise law the owner of the franchise (ie team owner or single Mcdonalds owner) has to agree in writing if they face a decision from the franchise (ie league ,Mcdonalds corp.) that would not uniformly apply across to all other financially interested parties. In plain English Mcdonalds, Jiffy Lube or the USL cannot 'relegate' one, two or anyone in particular unless it is uniformly applied across the board. Its an all or nothing deal. Now, what you can do is get all franchise owners to agree that based on a criteria that is set out going forward you can re-brand certain franchise arrangements based on agreed upon terms. If the pro/rel arguement continues bear one important fact to mind. All the franchise owners have to agree with it to work. ALL if it is to be applied across the board. If one doesn't agree (in writing) they are not subject to it as it stands as when they bought into the idea it wasn't part of the original agreement. so if you read Tim Holts comments what he is saying that it is something that is at least worth running past the owners and seeing if they agree. Getting all owners of the USL to agree on this would be damn near impossible. I doubt they all agree that the sky is blue let alone this idea.