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The rumors are starting to show again. Do any of our posters who claimed to know a little something about what may be or have been done in bringing this back have any info for us?

Seems like the news cycle is prepping for some type of announcement with a 90 day timeline....

What we have learned:

*The group did not disband.

*They have been talking about other options (plan B)

*They still need money

*They are still in if we can find funds...

Let us know what you got!!!!

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/edgerley ... 8abe0.html
STILL talking about public money, huh? :roll:

We shot that down once, wanna see it go down again?
I am going to wait till I see the “MLS2STL Group Makes Triumphant Return with new Proposal” headline shared either on here or Twitter.
http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com/busin ... iwkJzS1MN/

34 million for a retirement house, but of course he needs help from tax payers for soccer.
The city is not going to devise a plan in 85 days to get this group their $60MM. Not now, not in this city, not with these politicians. There is a theme of not "helping the rich" that is super pervasive in our city, right or wrong.

The only way this gets done is if the MLS allows the stadium to be built in the county, whether it be in STL, St. Chuck, or across the river and that said county gets it done.

I believe what Krewson and crew will do is play a game of chicken and see if the ownership group throws in the $60MM last minute. I am told they will not, and the MLS will be dead here for long time.
This does not get done if the MLS allows the stadium to get built in the County. Neither of the counties listed, nor any county anywhere in the country, is going to devise a plan in 85 days to get this group their $60mil.

Why is this group still together and why is it making news today, if their only plan relies on $60million of public monies?
I'm in agreement with you Moorlander. I'm just saying that it does not get done in 85 days. Why are they still together? Who knows. Maybe the MLS will reduce expansion fee? Maybe a last minute investor who wants no return for 10 years will jump into the fray.

I don't know.
reducing the expansion fee is the only (and right) way to go. I've thought that all along. considering that the MLS has yet to make a profit makes one believe that this whole league is nothing more than a "ponzi scheme". if the league really wants STL, just simply reduce the expansion fee and get on with it!
courtland wrote:reducing the expansion fee is the only (and right) way to go. I've thought that all along. considering that the MLS has yet to make a profit makes one believe that this whole league is nothing more than a "ponzi scheme". if the league really wants STL, just simply reduce the expansion fee and get on with it!
Hard to do when the expansion fee is covering the red ink on the leagues balance sheet.


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downtown2007 wrote:
Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:42 pm
courtland wrote:reducing the expansion fee is the only (and right) way to go. I've thought that all along. considering that the MLS has yet to make a profit makes one believe that this whole league is nothing more than a "ponzi scheme". if the league really wants STL, just simply reduce the expansion fee and get on with it!
Hard to do when the expansion fee is covering the red ink on the leagues balance sheet.


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Wait, what? Did you just say this actually is a ponzi scheme? Because that's exactly what expansion fees providing the make it or break it net revenue sounds like. If there is nothing else to generate hope of a profit then this is a scam and we need no part of it. Frankly, the league needs to find a way to live in the black as is (from television, marketing, or some kind of profit sharing for instance) or it's time to fold the thing up and go home. It's already got a better coverage map than most of the major cellular networks. If they can't make it with the current twenty two teams then why would four (or six or ten) more make a difference? We should be darn glad we haven't been suckered into it. You're making this sound like a tech startup that's not quite ready for prime time. We have more than enough minor league soccer already and there's PLENTY of genuinely not-for-profit stuff more deserving of public subsidy. Including but not remotely limited to amateur soccer.
^If he's not saying it, then I am. Yes, the current major league soccer effort appears to be a ponzi scheme. It just ain't gonna fly in the U.S., and the last-folks-in are going to lose millions.
Their TV contact expires in 2024. They want to expand in as many markets as possible in hopes to gain enough viewers for a large TV contract. That could make it profitable without expansion and hefty fees.

If not, it will have to contract.

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Pro sports in general is in for a rough time.

MLS's "interesting" financial situation has been discussed very well here.
NASCAR reached it's height in oh....2007 or so, and has declined precipitously since.
The jaws are closing in on the NFL, with the youth talent pool starting to dry up, viewers falling, and attendance as well.
NHL has been seeing falling attendance for a while now.

Really only the NBA and MLB have been doing well the last few years.

However, the big kahuna for the sports leagues is the cordcutting movement, taking big chunks out of the viewership and profitability of cable every year. ESPN is a few years from collapse. Think about that.

When the TV revenues dry up, eventually the money pipeline to the leagues themselves is going to dry up too. MLS planning on TV revenues saving their league in 2024 is.......a fragile strategy, to say the least.
Listening to the Kevin Wheeler show on ESPN radio yesterday during lunch... one caller proposed the easiest solution:

The city and county build the MLS stadium in Fenton. Boom. Easy. Problem solved. Just take the city tax incentive money and move it out of the city! :roll:

But seriously, this is just a microcosm of the entire issue. People don't understand that the city and county just can't play nice together. Why we don't have a regional sports stadium authority to manage all these venues and proposals is just odd. I'd gladly accept the city help pay for an MLS stadium in the county IF the county would help pay for the Scottrade Center renovations.
chaifetz10 wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:00 am
Listening to the Kevin Wheeler show on ESPN radio yesterday during lunch... one caller proposed the easiest solution:

The city and county build the MLS stadium in Fenton. Boom. Easy. Problem solved. Just take the city tax incentive money and move it out of the city! :roll:

But seriously, this is just a microcosm of the entire issue. People don't understand that the city and county just can't play nice together. Why we don't have a regional sports stadium authority to manage all these venues and proposals is just odd. I'd gladly accept the city help pay for an MLS stadium in the county IF the county would help pay for the Scottrade Center renovations.
MLS doesn't want a stadium in the county though. They want it in the urban core, as far as I know. Did this ever change?
They've never let on if it has changed. That's not to say MLS wouldn't consider a county stadium though. They're also against football stadiums and artificial turf...except when billionaires in desirable markets say that's the stadium they're getting (bc that's the stadium they fleeced the taxpayers for, of course).

But, in this case, I think the MLS is right to want it in the urban core, so I hope we don't push back on that.