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Major Link Soccer: MLS turned down billions to institute pro/rel

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The media deal was offered by Miami FC’s owner, but MLS can’t say anything till their current deal expires.

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Columbus Crew’s homegrown defender Alex Crognale’s grandfather turned 97, and for his birthday he got a special celebration at halftime.

Enjoy learning about the business of soccer? Good, this story is for you. Dynamo Theory spoke with the team and give you the inside look on how ticket sales work.

In analysis I could’ve told you before the season started, fans are starting to call for Curt Onalfo’s firing.

MLS have turned down a $4 billion TV deal offer from Miami FC owner Riccardo Silva’s media company. It had one big catch...pro/rel had to be instituted. If you have trouble opening the Sports Business Journal article, here’s ESPN’s write up. Before you get angry that MLS just shrugged it off, they can’t do anything until their contract is up at the end of 2022 per the agreement so...wait five years for it?

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The 2026 tri-World Cup bid is going to require a lot of support from cities throughout the three countries, and it appears Orlando is one of the places getting the call.

As the population of cities change, like Buffalo, the interest in sports change. Specifically, it’s going from football to the better football (yes, soccer).

Clint Dempsey is going to own the goal scoring record at some point soon, but from what position? And once we know where, what about as a starter or not? Deuce’s role may be the super sub the USMNT needs.

World

Dreams can die but they can be reborn; in this case they don’t rot but appear in the theatre.

Chelsea fans like to complain about their academy, but the Blues are pretty good and the folks at We Ain’t Got No History took a dive into the team’s academy and the opportunities for first team minutes, or lack thereof.