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Re: “Interview: NASL commissioner David Downs talks RailHawks, American soccer, and promotion/relegation

So the Triangle is a great area for soccer, but we can't risk losing NYRB to Div. 2 due to pro/rel to give the area a chance at top-tier glory. Pathetic to see NASL Commish sell out like that.

This is why San Antonio won't even get $8 million for a SSS. Nobody wants to watch a team in a "major" area permanently slated to the minor leagues no matter what they do. If there was a serious league playing they would be in the Alamodome, even if they have to play on, GASP!, turf.

Whether it's PC or not, our resistance to pro-rel cost us the WC 2022 bid. Blatter told Obama directly we needed a plan for promotion and relegation. Garber was there. Did nothing. All we needed was 3 more votes. The single-entity was more important than winning the WC bid. Yet FIFA is "corrupt?" Look in the mirror, Mediocre League Soccer.

Yeah, we're "too young," the WNBA defense. Um, college football drew tens of thousands in the 1920s. UFC was next to dead 10 years ago and now make more money than all of MLS. MLS got lower TV ratings for its Cup Final than COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL. But God forbid we lose NYRB to the second-tier.

It's not that FIFA would "prefer" that top-tiers don't go past 20 teams. By FIFA LAWS top-tiers can't go past 20 teams. Think of the top 50 markets underserved with no pro-rel, no chance to build up to glory.

Someday, the scales will come the eyes off some of you, you're being played as suckers by McSoccer, but most of you won't.

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Posted by Dennis Justice on 04/26/2011 at 9:02 PM

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