Don't forget Chivas being resold and essentially becoming a whole new club.Aside from at the creation of the league, has there ever previously been a 12-month period where four whole clubs were announced?
I understand the concerns but Atlanta is a big market. The league needs leverage when they negotiate the next TV deal, that's why they wanted NYCFC, Miami, Orlando and now Atlanta.
I get what you're saying but at this point financial stability is the top priority for the league right now. There's no real money in fan attendance, it's all in the TV deals.That doesn't outweigh the considerable risk of failure. Ask the NHL about Atlanta. The TV execs show Seattle & Portland every chance they get because they get to show full stadiums. TV markets ought to be secondary to the consideration of a passionate fanbase. Get the fans to create an atmosphere worth beaming into people's living rooms first.
Atlanta has proven in every single sport that it will not do that. Atlanta is the 9th best TV market and big enough to host the Olympics?
MLB: Braves: 13th in overall attendance, 21st in percentage out of 30 with 63.3%.
NHL: Thrashers in last year before they moved to Winnipeg (!): 28th out of 30, drawing around 13400
NBA: Hawks, this season, probably will make the playoffs: 28 out of 30 average attendance drawing 83.6% which is 27th best, only beating out the Bucks (worst team in league) 76ers (a close second) and the Pistons (a disaster of a team in a dying city).
NFL: Falcons, in 2012 when they earned the #1 seed in the NFC: 11th best total in NFL, with a 95.5% drawing, good for...18th best in a league of 32.
The Thrashers were terrible, but those weren't bad teams. The Braves have been one of the best teams in baseball the last two decades. The Hawks have made the playoffs more often than not. The Falcons earned the #1 seed. What other numbers do you need to look at? Atlanta doesn't care about its sports teams. It's not a sports town. Putting a franchise there is a waste, especially there are plenty of other venues out there.
To me, as an American, a team named after an energy drink seems very minor league. Putting old man Henry on the team doesn't do much to change my mind either.Atl has a diverse community. I never thought Portland, SKC would have big fan bases and if anything they have smaller populations then NYC and still draw bigger crowds. I know NYC has a lot to offer but lets face it soccer is the back burner for right now. Baseball,Football and Basketball are this areas major sports but still I feel this support in this area will grow. Back to Atl with all the Hispanics already down there and money to back a team I see this team having a decent foothold in the south.
If anything Miami I feel will be a mistake unless Lebron and PSG do finally come in.