Friday, March 10, 2006

Red Bull New York: Not entirely a bad thing

Lalas holding up a Red Bull New York shirt
Major League Soccer has been in the red since before the first ball was kicked in San Jose back in 1996. If the league sees this, selling teams off to companies, as a possible revenue stream to help slow the bleeding than so be it. Also, by having Red Bull in as investors it loosens AEGs grip on a league they essentially backed for a few years. That's another plus to the situation. Here poses a question I haven't seen someone point out. Which is worse for the league in the long run: 1.) selling teams to companies, or 2.) selling off any and all young talent to the highest foreign bidder?

Yes, the selling of talent will always happen. You can't stop our best players from going to Europe if they have the desire to prove themselves there. But, by getting the league more financial stable would be a step in getting more of that talent to stay put. Plus, some gems of foreign talent may be persuaded to come play here.

As much as it's hard to fathom sometimes, MLS is a business and they need to make desicions that are good for their bottom line. If the Red Bull investment is the largest single in the history of the league, that means it's bigger than adidas' $100 million (or was that $150?). In that sense, I applaud MLS for attracting the austrian drink company.

Plus, it's not like teams aren't named after companies through out the world. It's been mentioned that there is Red Bull Salzburg. But, there is PSV Eindhoven, where the PSV roughly stands for the Philips Sports Club. So it's not unheard of to have teams named after companies.

There is an idea by The Metrologist for Metros fans to continue to use the name. I say go for it, it's your team. Without you they couldn't exsist for very long.

All in all, a good business decision for the league. I appologize to the fans who've been there for 10 years and now have to take it. But, in the end it should all work out for the better.

P.S. Anyone else notice the Verizon logo in the picture above? When did they jump on?


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