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RE: Nashville is getting an MLS franchise
(12-22-2017 10:44 AM)NoDak Wrote:  
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(12-21-2017 12:21 PM)AllTideUp Wrote:  My bet is Cincinnati.

Sounds like the Crew has basically already made their decision to go to Austin. I would guess MLS would not want to lose out on the OH market given that reality.

It's between Cincinnati, Sacramento and Detroit. Detroit has a stadium issue, Sacramento needs a financial backer and Cincinnati's market is cited as a weakness. FC Cincinnati averaged ~22K a game in the USL last year, which would put them in the top 7 (likely would be increased with a MLS schedule vs. USL).

Meg Whitman withdrew as a Sacromento Republic owner, which is a huge blow to them.

Cincy probably wins the second slot now, but there is more news coming on the stadium plan. Second team won't be announced until January.

A second team needs to start playing earlier to balance the new LA team. Miami would join in 2020 with Nashville. Detroit cou,d be the backup team if a Cincinnati stadium doesn't get finalized. But Cincy will play at Nippert for at least a few years.

At this point, can we be certain that Miami will join at all?

It shouldn't have taken this long for them to get their house in order. It's a good market and Beckham brings star power, but something has to be fundamentally wrong with the plan because we don't have news of any real progress.
12-22-2017 02:54 PM
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RE: Nashville is getting an MLS franchise
(12-22-2017 02:54 PM)AllTideUp Wrote:  At this point, can we be certain that Miami will join at all?

It shouldn't have taken this long for them to get their house in order. It's a good market and Beckham brings star power, but something has to be fundamentally wrong with the plan because we don't have news of any real progress.

What's wrong is that Beckham's group wants to build in downtown Miami where their presumed fan base wants the stadium to be, and not out in the 'burbs like where the Dolphins stadium is. But land's expensive, people living near the desired sites don't want a soccer stadium there, etc., etc.

A lot of newer MLS owners resent the fact that Beckham got a long-ago deal, in 2007, to buy an MLS franchise for $25 million. (Whomever made that deal for MLS made a huge mistake in not putting an expiration date on Beckham's opportunity to buy in for that low fee.) Nashville and other new franchises will pay a $150 million expansion fee. So, if Team Beckham eventually gives up and another city and ownership gets an MLS franchise instead, the league makes an extra $125 million.
12-22-2017 03:43 PM
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