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MLS Next: Uncertainty Borders Anticipation
A few weeks ago, the MLS announced it's re-branding so to speak. Donning a new logo (as seen in picture 1) and a new plan for the future, the MLS announced it's global ambitions, but what does it all mean? Sadly (at least to most football fans), the plans did not include a concept of promotion and relegation. While this remains one main criticism of the league, there's no need, no a reason, to allow promotion and relegation for a while. The MLS's current market is too small to allow teams to stifle their own attendances by dropping into a lower tier of football. With expansion on the way, the MLS is set to move to a 22 team league, which will allow for a more competitive league, rivaling some of those in Europe. The MLS should not stop however. The fear of the American market not understanding or even becoming angry at the concept of relegation is far-fetched as more European leagues find their way onto major television networks. Certainly the effect of Comcast's contract with the Premier League is a case study all its own, but as the concept of how global football is run, the MLS would only do best to tap into the sport that is most popular in Americans under the age of 25. The future really is there for the taking, and the MLS can use the unbalanced schedule it already has to it's advantage. Expanding the amount of mid-week games and running the season from February-December would be it's best weapon, as it could allow the establishment of a 30-team league to rival other American sports. When then we will be likely to see promotion & relegation? Not for a while. The MLS would need a 36-team league to split into MLS 1 & MLS 2. It's possible the MLS could grow that big, and certainly it would be only advantageous ti the sport in the United States for it to do so, but until the league is almost too big for its own britches there is little likely hood in there being movement between the tiers. That's fine for the most part as growing prophets need to be used to fuel the MLS into expanding the current markets and building new ones. For the time being, the MLS look only to the potential field of talent at their disposal. With more youth taking to the sport than ever before, it's only a matter of time before the MLS becomes a cornerstone in American sports.
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