The MLS is a very different league from the NASL, it's like apples and oranges.argotom wrote:The league is bleeding big time and cannot last too much longer.
Just like the NLL last week who gave its players an ultimatum and when the players would not agree, it closed down and possibly for good.
As for the MLS, how can a league with an alleged per game average of 15,000 last and especially since it is widely believed how possibly as many as 5000 of these tickets are freebies.
I stand by my prediciton of 2-3 years.
The NASL was drawing much better in the early 80's when it went under.
First off, for a sports league, its extremely fiscally responsible. The single entity structure has allowed teams to introduce the Designated Player rule and sign high quality players like David Beckham, Juan Pablo Angel and Cuauhtemoc Blanco. The league negotiates the salaries of players, and revenues are shared between teams, so that means that expenses are tightly controlled. Most of the teams have moved into their own Soccer Specific Stadiums where they control the various revenue streams such as parking and concessions. They don't have to pay exuberant rental fees for NFL sized stadiums that they can only fill 1/3 of the way. Teams this year have introduced jersey sponsorships which at a minimum are multi-million dollar multi-year deals. Soccer nowadays is a worldly sport, that's why in a multicultural city such as Toronto, Toronto FC has been a huge success.
Judging from the season ticket sales and renewals, this team will be just as successful, if not more in terms of attendance next year.
And for the record, you stated that the MLS has no TV deal. Well actually it does with ESPN.