Football Shorts 3


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. A says:

    To be fair Gulati didnt really say he was for it or against it in a clear way. Unlike the head of the AFC.
    Using the example of a Los Angeles team playing for the Mexican League has no bearing to this scenario. Because as far as I’ve heard, no English team has expressed interest to relocate to New York City on a permanent bases.
    The Mexican league already plays meaningful games in the Interliga tournament every winter in several cities across the the the American Southwest, which was a high Mexican-American population but hardly draws your typical white-middle class fan.
    So it’s not hard for me to see the USSF allowing the Premier League to stage games there. Especially since their potential take, would be astonishing. Considering how most football stadiums in the US are around 70,000-80,000 and are stacked full of luxury boxes ($$$). It’s possible they could stage the whole enchilada in the country.
    If anything, Gulati probably wouldn’t want to seem too eager, just so he could negotiate a bigger slice of the pie. Especially if the Premier league starts running out of other options and invariably more and more Federations object.
    Gulati, “If Fifa said ‘OK, it’s up to the relevant FA’s,’ then we would look at the Premier League proposal.”.
    That doesn’t sound like the words of an unhappy or unwilling man. If anything, he’s probably already mentally counting up the tens of millions.
    Besides, in January MLS is in it’s offseason so it’s not like they would suffer and have to compete head to head for domestic fan’s money unlike African/Latin American/Asian leagues.

  2. roswitha says:

    I’m shocked and pleased – you give me too much credit. Thanks for the link, I’m so pleased you enjoy the blog, particularly because I’m a big fan and perennial lurker on this one. Hi. :D

  3. Webbie says:

    Ditto from me.
    (Webbie at Football and Music)

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