What They're Saying: Don Garber

“Just because there is promotion/relegation in other leagues that were founded on different principles doesn’t mean that it would make sense in Major League Soccer. We have a vibrant No. 2 league in the USL. We have [Sporting KC principal owner] Cliff [Illig] and his partners that have just put $60 million of capital, along with the public, into this building. If all of a sudden they’re playing in a different division that doesn’t have national revenues -- because the USL doesn’t have that -- how does that make any sense? There’s no economic rationality to promotion/relegation whatsoever in the era that we’re in today.”

-- MLS commissioner Don Garber on pro/rel's viability in MLS. (Kansas City Star)
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2 comments about "What They're Saying: Don Garber".
  1. Bob Ashpole, May 16, 2018 at 7:53 a.m.

    Agree. For example the geographic size of the US makes creating divisions by geographic areas (to limit the number of clubs in a season competition to 20) makes more economic sense then stacking nationwide divisions in tiers distributed by competitive strength. Regional divisions would reduce travel costs in terms of time and money. It would also eliminate or at least reduce jet lag for players and staff.

    Bottom line: Competitive based tiers would not reduce costs, but would likely reduce income for lesser tier clubs. If this is not making sense, try looking at the situation from a league perspective relegating a portion of its league to a lower division, rather than perspective of an individual club. MLS is an expanding league and market. This is an important characteristic.

  2. R2 Dad, May 16, 2018 at 11:10 a.m.

    “Just because there is promotion/relegation in other leagues that were founded on different principles doesn’t mean that it would make FINANCIAL sense FOR Major League Soccer. We have a CAPTIVE No. 2 league in the USL. We have [Sporting KC principal owner] Cliff [Illig] and his partners that have just put $60 million of capital, along with the public, into this building. If all of a sudden they’re playing in a different division that doesn’t have national revenues -- because the USL doesn’t have that -- how does that make any FINANCIAL sense? There’s no economic rationality to promotion/relegation whatsoever in the era that we’re in today.”

    There, Don, FIFY.

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