Since 2006 is the next time the league will need to reaffirm its existence (unless some unforeseen financial problems appear between now and then), I’d like to break down what I feel is the best the league can hope for by that time: Number of Teams: Twelve It’s really hard to imagine two rounds of expansion taking place between now and 2006, as it would require almost every even moderately substantial non-MLS stadium and I/O rumor to be true. Two could certainly happen in this time period, however. New Stadiums: Five (LA and Soldier field don’t count) Metros, Burn, Two Expansion, and one of KC, DC, or city willing to take San Jose New Investors / Operators: Four Two expansion I/O’s and two of Dallas, San Jose, or new city willing to take on San Jose. Non July 4th weekday Games for each team: Two, on average With improved stadium situations, scheduling would make this far more likely. Average Attendance: 18,750 If most of the other best possible scenarios pan out, this would almost certainly happen TV Ratings (ESPN2) = 0.25 A rating like this would actually make a time-buy quite profitable. If all of these things happen, the league would be quite profitable and well-positioned to make a real dent on the American sports landscape. Of course, while all of these COULD happen, the odds of all six happening is probably somewhere around 1-2%. Other thoughts?