As much as my fellow MLS fans and I would like to think that Don Garber and the rest of the MLS crew is working solely to fuel our passion for the sport and the league, the reality is that his goal is to make money. MLS is a business and not a charity. The league needs to make money to survive. That is why they feel they have to spend $300 million dollars to finance a stadium for a second (currently non-existent) team in New York.
The argument for putting a second team in New York is simple: New York is the biggest market in this country and any team that is put there will draw more in television and sponsorship money than a team in San Antonio or Orlando. Additionally, the fact that it would be a derby would draw more interest in the city every time the two teams play each other. It’s the same reason that every other major sport has at least two teams in the city.
MLS actually has some proof to back up their claims that another MLS derby might work. As much as the Chivas experiment has been a failure in mulitiple aspects, the one aspect it has delivered 100% is the SuperClasico. It’s not and never will be Real Madrid-Barcelona, but it does get the attention of ESPN and all of Los Angeles every time it’s played. The ESPN big is especially important because it gets the attention of those outside MLS circles, in particular sponsors.
Still, even though placing a second team in New York makes business sense for the league, it doesn’t make it the right thing to do. $300 million is a lot of money. That isn’t even equal to the total amount of expansion fees the league has received and they are asking for quite a bit of money now. When the league needs improvements in so many areas, it seems foolish to place a second-team in New York when they don’t even support the Red Bulls.
So what else could MLS be doing with that money? (To be fair, most of the $300 million would come from loans which the league wouldn’t have otherwise.) Here are some projects that league could have chosen to focus on instead:
You can’t really blame MLS for wanting to improve their business prospects, but at that same time they would be wise to remember that it is really the product on the field that will drive the sport going forward. Rather than spending $300 million and something that could be a big bust, maybe those resources should be allocated elsewhere.
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