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Old 01-12-2016, 08:48 PM
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The NASL folded the Atlanta Silverbacks last night. They're gaining 3 teams, including a team in Puerto Rico, but lack of stability is a real problem in that league.
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Old 01-12-2016, 08:57 PM
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Well there arguably was no point continuing that franchise with Atlanta United around the corner.
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Old 01-28-2016, 05:55 PM
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So the Rowdies have invited 6 MLS teams for a preseason tournament next month, and Bill Edwards is talking about expanding the stadium to 18,500. Coincidence or part of a push?

http://www.rowdiessoccer.com/news/20...t-invitational

http://saintpetersblog.com/archives/251082
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Old 01-29-2016, 09:31 AM
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I do remember some of his comments from when he got the franchise were MLS directed, probably making a push to get on the potential expansion list.
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Old 01-29-2016, 10:38 AM
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Yeah they were. And then somehow people later assumed he was in cahoots with the Cosmos and anti-MLS, so I'm starting to think they were wrong. He's going to need more investors to partner with to make the move up, though. Hopefully they are starting to be lined up or will be attracted by further progress.

Some more commentary on this development by the UnSubs.

http://theunsubs.com/wp/2016/01/28/m...re-in-st-pete/

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Old 02-07-2016, 09:16 AM
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So are liverpool fans revolting because the max ticket price went to 77 pounds? Am I missing something or does the biggest sport in the world have ticket prices at fractions of any major north American sport?
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Old 02-07-2016, 09:34 AM
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You're right it looks silly from our perspective, but I suppose it's worth trying to draw a line in the sand for them before it turns into just a bunch of suits at the game. I don't know.

Interestingly, I saw a comment on one of the articles trumpeting the virtues of ice hockey as a cheap alternative.
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Old 02-07-2016, 10:04 AM
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You're right it looks silly from our perspective, but I suppose it's worth trying to draw a line in the sand for them before it turns into just a bunch of suits at the game. I don't know.

Interestingly, I saw a comment on one of the articles trumpeting the virtues of ice hockey as a cheap alternative.
I think it's sweet. I find it sad that we don't take stands on sports anything (including outlandish ticket prices). And that include the nhl and how ridiculius those tickets are getting.
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Old 03-02-2016, 10:54 AM
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USSF revealed a new crest for the national team.



I like it more than the old one because the colors aren't inverted (old one had blue stripes and a red field, WTF), and it doesn't have those goofy stars we didn't earn or soccer ball flying through the air.

Still. I would have just gone with this.

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Old 03-10-2016, 04:47 PM
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Rowdies Owner Bill Edwards Calls MLS Speculation ‘Premature’

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A post from the Tampa Bay Times yesterday implied that the club’s ambitious plans for the downtown waterfront venue are a sign that owner Bill Edwards could be looking to move the team from the North American Soccer League to Major League Soccer, the top division of American soccer as designated by the U.S. Soccer Federation.

The Tampa Bay Times story did not directly quote anyone within the Rowdies organization, although it did cite a quote Edwards provided in 2014 that stated he had not ruled out a move to MLS. The article then raised the issue of MLS territorial rights, suggesting that any potential discussion to move the Rowdies to MLS would need involve, and presumably receive approval from, Orlando City SC. According to the Vice President of Communications for the MLS club, Leonardo Santiago, Orlando holds “full territorial and TV rights for the Tampa Bay market.”

The Unused Substitutes reached out the Rowdies front office for a comment on the article and received a response from owner Bill Edwards that reaffirms the club’s confidence in the NASL and states that attempt to connect MLS and the stadium plans is “premature.”
For a team that has full territorial and TV rights, Orlando City haven't really done much to exploit that. I've only seen a couple games on Fox Sports Sun/Florida last season and looks like none this year. No marketing here whatsoever. This is the first time I've heard of needing their approval.
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