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Default All things MLS

Let's kick off this discussion with a Forbes article on the value of MLS franchise. No, they are more valuable than a bag of chips

Interestingly enough, NYCFC is third most valuable in only their second year. However they are not profitable due to their lease and star players

Red Bulls are 11th most profitable

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmi...first-seasons/
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Despite all the positives, I'm not sure how they justify charging $200m for a new franchise (up from $40M a few years ago!). Many of the better markets are taken at this point. If they start adding smaller markets that won't get nearly the crowds, it's hard to see the numbers working with that kind of pay-in. Plenty of clubs still in the red, even some have been around for awhile now.
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Despite all the positives, I'm not sure how they justify charging $200m for a new franchise (up from $40M a few years ago!). Many of the better markets are taken at this point. If they start adding smaller markets that won't get nearly the crowds, it's hard to see the numbers working with that kind of pay-in. Plenty of clubs still in the red, even some have been around for awhile now.
Several reasons

1. Average worth of the MLS franchise is purportedly $185 million
2. Lots of potential suitors equals demand
3. The way the MLS is set up, every new franchise dilutes the total profits so the money needs to be made upfront
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Several reasons

1. Average worth of the MLS franchise is purportedly $185 million
2. Lots of potential suitors equals demand
3. The way the MLS is set up, every new franchise dilutes the total profits so the money needs to be made upfront
Also it shouldn't be that hard to get 20,000 into stadiums in cities like

Sacramento, St Louis, San Antonio, Detroit, San Diego, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Indianapolis

The first four are the front runners.
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Any one catch the Twitter war between Ale Bedoya and Eric Wynalda? It got real fast.
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Any one catch the Twitter war between Ale Bedoya and Eric Wynalda? It got real fast.
http://screamer.deadspin.com/alejand...ely-1786324239

Here's the link
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This one has good play by play

https://www.google.com/amp/ftw.usato...nalda-beef/amp
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Default Donovan unretires

Landon Donovan to come out of retirement to play for Galaxay

http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2016...retirement-mls
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Landon Donovan to come out of retirement to play for Galaxay

http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2016...retirement-mls
They didn't have any young bench warmers? Really?
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They didn't have any young bench warmers? Really?
Lots of injuries to Zardes, Keane. Also van Dam left for Turkey
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