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The State of the League

Discussion in 'Major League Soccer' started by Gotham Gator, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Gotham Gator

    Gotham Gator Senior Member Donor

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    Thought we needed a thread to discuss the state of the league - not just expansion, but everything. The level it's at, the direction it is going, its successes and its challenges.

    Personally, the level is fine, and the direction is good. I think the level of play is noticeably better than it was when I started watching full time in 2015. It's been a big rise. The recent expansion teams have really increased the energy of and interest in the league.

    The key question is to turn this momentum into additional fans in the stadiums and especially on television. Our domestic league should be drawing at least the same numbers of viewers in this country as the leagues overseas do. Hopefully, those who prefer European soccer can come to realize the increase in quality in MLS and can start to turn up and tune in.
     
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    I think having "real" fans is something that's just going to have to be something that happens with time for newer teams like us.
     
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    LionNYC Senior Member Staff Member Elite Donor Seasoned Supporter

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    It's really bad that the TV deal is still $90M and runs until 2022. Bargain for broadcasters.
     
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    Gotham Gator Senior Member Donor

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    Very good article. They really do try to create the impression, though, that the 2 factions are not that different, and especially downplay the new owners/old guard split. Whether that is true or spin I can't say, but I think it necessary to mention to give the flavor of the piece.
     
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    It was a hefty one but a great read. I honestly ended up being very impressed by the organizational setup and leadership. They also mentioned the importance of the the new broadcast deal in 2022 in the lead up to the 2026 World Cup in the US and Mexico.
     
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    Every league in the world is a selling league, with the caveat that there are a few selling leagues that have a few buying clubs.
     
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    (I'm sorry to be this guy, but can a mod please fix the typo in the thread title?)
    ETA: fixed, thank you.
     
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    You should always be that guy.
     
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    Is it just a small sample or does teams starting from scratch fare better in their first season vs teams coming in from lower leagues?
     
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