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    Quote Originally Posted by molenshtain View Post
    in 10-15 years MLS will have *bridged the gap* between MLS and the NHL in terms of level of interest south of the border. It'll be closer to looking and acting like the behemoths other NA sports leagues act like. It will be highly lucrative for those, the Vancouvers and the Impacts, who got in early. There's absolutely no way they walk away from that investment to play in a new league with no secure future.


    *not that it will be the best league in the world, but it'll certainly be on its way there. If the progress we've seen over the last 20 years is linear it means very, very good things for where this league will be at talent wise over the next 10-15-20 years. You'll see the cheaper owners coughing up more and more money as the league grows and revenue increases.
    As far as the US goes, soccer is already watched by nearly twice as many people as their preferred sport than hockey. The problem is that viewership is split between EPL, other Euro leagues, the Mexican league, and MLS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    As far as the US goes, soccer is already watched by nearly twice as many people as their preferred sport than hockey. The problem is that viewership is split between EPL, other Euro leagues, the Mexican league, and MLS.
    Which is why the CPL has potential locally. If it can even come close to the local loyalty that is found in Scandanavian countries, the CPL will be fine.


    As for MLS in Canada:

    The 3 MLS teams would likely stay for the economies driven by US soccer.

    TV viewership in Canada involving Canadian MLS teams is higher then TV viewership for US based teams in the US. (see the MLS Cup final - 1.3 million up here - 800K in the US) MLS knows Canada is a HUGE potential lucrative market that will drive local teams that, given the right ownership, can spend.

    MLS also recognizes that unlike other sports, a Canadian soccer team has serious potential to garner local support across the border. IF TFC were to go on a 5 year run of championships & success, the team would find followers in the US.

    [Murphy Malone is making believers down there one tweet at a time ]

    All power to the CPL - may it drive soccer interest in local environments and make this game the top sport in this country eventually. BUT, the North American league is in Canada to stay.
    Last edited by OgtheDim; 01-15-2018 at 03:30 PM.

 

 

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