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Atlanta, Miami, and Orlando possible expansion sites for MLS

Well, the MLS has some thinking to do. Apparently, Atlanta, Miami, and Orlando are all fighting for an expansion team for the MLS. Now, all three of these places could get a team. The MLS has 20 teams but would like to expand to 24 in the near future. You have three capable cities so far.

Let’s look at Atlanta’s case:

Apparently, Blank (Atlanta Falcons’ owner) is willing to spend significant amounts of money out of his  own pocket to not just build a new football stadium for the Falcons, but he’s  making sure that it’s designed so that soccer can easily be played there. The  field will be extra wide, there will be separate locker rooms and there will be  a system in place to essentially cover the upper deck and turn convert the  facility to a somewhat intimate 27,000-seat stadium. It would also be in  transit-friendly downtown Atlanta.

You can’t argue with that. And then this:

It also makes sense that MLS would want to expand to the Southeast in this  manner. Putting three teams in the South would create instant rivalries and also  immediately improve the league’s ability to increase the asking price on TV  deals, as about 70 million people live in the region (excluding Virginia).

That sounds good too. Now, the article also talks about how it may not work out. The NHL went down there and, after an immediate boost from TV ratings, have realize that none of the teams down there are doing too well. Also, the MLS used to have a team in Miami that folded for basically lack of funds and support.



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