You can say what you want. You can defend it as a time buy. You can really do a pretty good job of rationalizing it if you need to, but when a league decides to CUT THE GAME, to change the rules indescriminately so to make things more convenient, it must and will always become a laughingstock. MLS, when faced with a terribly difficult choice, decided to CUT THE SOCCER. Period. It becomes very difficult to defend the "integrity" of this "league" -- wait -- "company" under such circumstances. I can't help but wonder if MLqweSt has the same kind of committment to integrity when it tells the public about its hundreds of millions of dollars it has lost, or about the real reasons for contraction. Who needs rules, anyway?