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    Quote Originally Posted by James17930 View Post
    But having the rivalry with Cincinatti seems like it could be something to get them going again. Especially if they can get a new downtown stadium.

    Columbus needs a better 'rival' than us, who don't give a shit about said rivalry at all.
    It's a nice thought, but Ohio can't support 2 MLS franchises.

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    They are not leaving until after next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul-collins View Post
    Red Wings? Braves?
    Ottawa Senators couldn't sell out the Eastern Conference Finals last year.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManUtd4ever View Post
    It's a nice thought, but Ohio can't support 2 MLS franchises.
    Especially with Nashville looking likely to be in the next round of expansion. Too many teams in the same market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glaze View Post
    Ottawa Senators couldn't sell out the Eastern Conference Finals last year.....
    And that's actually more consistent with the Crew's situation, although the move to a new arena is into downtown of the same city, instead of threatened to be elsewhere.

    Poor marketing, poor pricing, poor service, all conspired to discourage fans from making the trek.

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    Nashville just got a stadium deal. This means the owners, who will inevitably be the people who end up choosing if this does go through, have a choice to make. There will be some combination of Cincinnati, Nashville and Columbus in this league within 5-7 years. They all basically draw from the same National Media Market. They have to decide which 2 of the 3 they think are most viable for the future of the league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by molenshtain View Post
    Nashville just got a stadium deal. This means the owners, who will inevitably be the people who end up choosing if this does go through, have a choice to make. There will be some combination of Cincinnati, Nashville and Columbus in this league within 5-7 years. They all basically draw from the same National Media Market. They have to decide which 2 of the 3 they think are most viable for the future of the league.
    With Miami stalling it would be nice if they just announced Cincy, Nashville, and Sacramento.

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    What's the end goal with expansion? 32 teams? Two 16 team conferences?

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    Educated guess would be the Don rolling around in an olympic sized pool full of money.

    Quote Originally Posted by 105 View Post
    What's the end goal with expansion? 32 teams? Two 16 team conferences?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 105 View Post
    What's the end goal with expansion? 32 teams? Two 16 team conferences?
    With 16 teams, I don think the playoff format would be viable. Right now we have 12 teams in, and the cup final is in December.

    Unless they ignore the FIFA break, I don't know how they could add more teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redcard View Post
    With 16 teams, I don think the playoff format would be viable. Right now we have 12 teams in, and the cup final is in December.

    Unless they ignore the FIFA break, I don't know how they could add more teams.
    Maybe they go to single elimination games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 105 View Post
    Maybe they go to single elimination games.
    There is serious talk of them doing that for next season.

    The season would end the equivalent of last weekend, 2 week international break, then 3 weekends of cup/playoffs football for 16 teams. 4 rounds.

    Would give time for the World Cup break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OgtheDim View Post
    There is serious talk of them doing that for next season.

    The season would end the equivalent of last weekend, 2 week international break, then 3 weekends of cup/playoffs football for 16 teams. 4 rounds.

    Would give time for the World Cup break.

    Wouldn't call reducing the amount of playoff games anything close to "serious". Money always wins and reducing games is anti that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 105 View Post
    What's the end goal with expansion? 32 teams? Two 16 team conferences?
    I'm not sure on the end game, but mid term is 28 teams.

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    https://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&sourc...biYfaqRy1Yquae

    Columbus Crew might move because 'business is struggling.' Financial records suggest otherwise


    Article suggests owner is lying and the club isn't doing bad financially. The team has been paying $50k in rent per year and $72k since 2004 due to inflation. Stadium lease expires in 6 years and this is posturing for a new stadium in either city.

    Owner looks to be a snake and this sets a bad precedent.

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    The biggest twitter account in support of the move to Austin forgot yesterday to turn off the geo location.

    Turns out the account, that is more than 3 years old, is in Columbus.

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    I am not going to show any support for anything related or relating to the Crew relocation until the Eastern Conference Finals have been won by TFC.

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    The move is already finalized, they possibly are moving next year...if not, 100% for the 2019 season.

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    I sat a few rows under the Columbus support tonight. They were total class all night, very friendly, and they brought it for their team.

    I salute them. Tonight may well be the end of the road. Without getting into the business realities, it's incredibly tough for those great fans that do care.
    “What the world needs is more geniuses with humility; there are so few of us left.”

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    If they move, isn't it in 2019? There's still a full season to go.

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    If they do move to Austin, and MLS awards Cincinnati an expansion team, will they make our side play for the Trillium Cup with the new Ohio team?
    TORONTO FC, 2017 MLS CHAMPIONS!!! (Still the greatest in league history!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Globetrotter View Post
    If they move, isn't it in 2019? There's still a full season to go.
    I think it's 50/50. There's a lot of vitriol there for Precourt now. Attendance will be total crap.

    I think if the Crew/league can make the legalities work, they'll go early.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ensco View Post
    I sat a few rows under the Columbus support tonight. They were total class all night, very friendly, and they brought it for their team.

    I salute them. Tonight may well be the end of the road. Without getting into the business realities, it's incredibly tough for those great fans that do care.
    Yes I've only seen Montreal represent that strongly (numbers and passion) and these folks were significantly more classy.

    Sucks for them.

    I would have liked for us to have been ready with a #SaveTheCrew something or other for after the game, but I understand people wouldn't want to tempt fate (like Derko said, above). So maybe people can do something at the final?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redcoe15 View Post
    If they do move to Austin, and MLS awards Cincinnati an expansion team, will they make our side play for the Trillium Cup with the new Ohio team?
    You know that they will. Fake rivalry is a league mandate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paul-collins View Post
    Yes I've only seen Montreal represent that strongly (numbers and passion) and these folks were significantly more classy.

    Sucks for them.

    I would have liked for us to have been ready with a #SaveTheCrew something or other for after the game, but I understand people wouldn't want to tempt fate (like Derko said, above). So maybe people can do something at the final?
    I think that #savethecrew is totally appropriate when we aren't playing them.

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    Maybe an MLS Cup tifo, "Rivals on the field, we stand with you #SaveTheCrew"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    You know that they will. Fake rivalry is a league mandate.
    Always laugh at this.
    They created the "Trillium Cup" but the supporters had to create the shield for the league winners.
    You can't make this stuff up.

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    Werent we once derby enemies. I think we need to stop with this #SaveThecrew business what happened to the good ole days. "We all laugh at the yellow football team". Columbus fans boo Altidore and Bradley every touch they got, there fans arent the nicest towards ours either. Just my opinion..

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    Quote Originally Posted by T.O TILL I DIE View Post
    Werent we once derby enemies. I think we need to stop with this #SaveThecrew business what happened to the good ole days. "We all laugh at the yellow football team". Columbus fans boo Altidore and Bradley every touch they got, there fans arent the nicest towards ours either. Just my opinion..
    same could be said about Montreal. I would never want them to go under. Disliking them is a defining feature of my fandom for TFC. If they were to go I'd be none too pleased.

    Similar sentiment Celtic fans had when Rangers went under. Hate them, but it's better to hate them than not have them at all.

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    As Celtic fan..I'd take exception to that comparison. I don't think there is a single Celtic fan that would shed a tear for Rangers disappearance, they would celebrate it. I like having Columbus as a very good competitor to TFC. There really isn't any hate there. Impact - now that is a proper rivalry. But Celtic and Rangers...there is no real comparison to that.

 

 

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