Operating With MLS Clubs Not Franchises? The Conclusion.

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In the first part of my article (read it here), we got to the stage of owners divesting their stake in a single-entity and being granted ownership of their individual, and now independent, club and also retaining a stake in MLS as a league. The next step is how to carve up the overall league […] READ MORE


Operating With MLS Clubs Not Franchises?

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If you’ve just read that headline and the first thought that went through your head was “but that’s not how American sport works” then welcome to the club. Sadly the club you’ve just joined is one consisting of people who tout that exact response to a huge array of comments about football in North America, […] READ MORE


The Chinese Distraction – Is Chinese Super League Affecting MLS?

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Recently on my social media feeds I’ve been sensing a reasonable amount of vitriol and dismissive nonchalance towards the recent heavy financial investments being made into China’s top tier, the Chinese Super League. You’ve probably seen the headlines, with some notable transfers from European and Asian clubs into the 16 squads who will battle for […] READ MORE


Building a North American Football League

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In my last article I examined the reasons why introducing pro/rel into football would be a positive experience in North America. At the very top level, the concept is mechanically difficult due to the fact that MLS as an entity is both the league and the clubs within it. Therefore, at the moment it would […] READ MORE


Promoting Relegation to An American Audience – Part 1

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I read with interest recently the article by Joshua Fauvin about the possibility of introducing the worldwide system of promotion and relegation into US football. As a European MLS fan I had the discussion numerous times with American fans who generally seemed to side with the fact that the concept would be difficult to bring […] READ MORE