To me, that will always be a problem for teams in America.
I was thinking New Jersey could have some neat small towns with teams, but everything's quite parochial and people 4 miles away will never support that town. It's why high school state championships or high school football games draw well...there would simply have to be a pro team in every town like England.
Thus, just about every PDL team in New Jersey has a New Jersey in its name. The only team that has done well while having an identity has been Ocean City, because enough people vacation there and the stadium is right off the boardwalk. Even so, it's the second-fiddle to the more famous Ocean City in MD.
So then you try to name an area, the Central North Northwest Nebraska Cornspitters vs the Southern North Northwest Nebraska Cornjuicers, and the fan ends up saying "Wait....where ?"
Branko Boskevic leaves DC to go home to tend to family issues.
So, the women's league:
No name yet, tentative agreement with first sponsor, working on TV.
8 teams from 11 offers chosen, LA was one of the not.
The 3 federations are big into this. US Soccer will fund up to 24 players and run the league office, the CSA up to 16, the FMF up to 12.
22 game season. The Sounders are not the Seattle team, Merritt Paulson has at least part of the Portland team, the people running the DCU Women's team will run the DC team and keep the DCU women as their reserve side, and play at the Soccerplex. (All DCU had to do with the women was license the name). A bunch of the US women are already on board with this, and they're trying for budgets between $500/750K.
jefe wrote: The 3 federations are big into this. US Soccer will fund up to 24 players and run the league office, the CSA up to 16, the FMF up to 12.
OK, hang on. CSA and FMF are paying for players but don't get any teams? How does that work? Why wouldn't CSA just get a Toronto or Montreal franchise and play the national team (the men's side did this in one of the final years of the NASL)?
23 Nov 2012 18:48 - 23 Nov 2012 19:04#735057by jefe
AG: This is a quote from the current CSA president:
"When they were looking at markets there was an opportunity to look into Canadian markets,” Montagliani said. “I think some of them weren’t quite ready. I think moving forward it’s not an exclusionary thing. Obviously if there are opportunities to move forward it is something that we would look at."
One of the other rejected markets/owners were the Philly Independence people. And to save money, the league will NOT be using MLS stadia like Toyota Park, as these are deemed "too expensive". The Breakers aren't going to play at Harvard Stadium either.
Schedule, again, is 22 games, an improvement on WUSA's idea. 3 against every team, and a 4th against your "rival", so SEA-POR, KC-CHI, WNY-JSB, and DC-BOS I assume.
one more edit, why not: Every team will get 3 US, 2 CAN, and one MEX international. Can you say, allocation process? And the whole world, led by Megan Rapinoe, seems to want to play in Portland. I have to imagine that they get her, and Christine Sinclair.
DC will announce its name next Wednesday, and say they have multiple sponsors committed for into 6 figures. KC is owned by the same people who own the MISL Missouri Comets.
Blimey. I said he should leave a year ago, but that was a year ago. Still, a deal for a new stadium with a new president at the helm wouldn't be bad for DC. He's the only football club president ever to write me a hilariously angry (and totally inaccurate) e-mail about something I wrote.
There is a rumor, and dear God I hope it's true, regarding the Cosmos. (No, not the Beckham one).
Remember that the NASL next year is going apertura/clausura, and having the separate "season" champions play off for the league championship. And it would function like other leagues in this regard. Play everyone home and away, break, play them again home and away. This would become somewhat more difficult and odd if the COSMOS ARE ONLY GOING TO PLAY THE SECOND SEASON.