Barca-Miami Deal A One-Time Offer?

Barca-Miami Deal A One-Time Offer?

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 8, 2008
  • 10 Comments
  • Expansion Hopefuls, Miami Expansion, MLS Expansion
Barca President Joan Laporta is putting the pressue on MLS for a club in 2010.

Barca President Joan Laporta is putting the pressue on MLS for a club in 2010.

I think this may be one of those reasons why I am a bit nervous about the possible addition of Miami to Major League Soccer (again). On the paper I love the idea of the city being linked up with a huge investor and a historic club like Barcelona.

But that is about where it ends for me I think when I read stuff like this.

He moved to exert pressure on MLS by vowing that the Barcelona Miami bid was a one-time offer and that if passed over, the group would not wait for another year. Not only that, but he has also insisted that the team be allowed to start in 2010, a year before MLS had planned for the next bidding cycle winner to enter.

Andrea Canales got it right there when she talked about investors Barcelona president Joan Laporta and Miami businessman Marcelo Claure.

Let’s be real honest here about this upcoming expansion for Major League Soccer. They have Seattle in 2009 and Philly in 2010. I really believe the league needs to be stern and stick to the two clubs in 2011 and not two in 2010 and one in 2011. That wasn’t the original plan. Just because a good deal on paper is presented doesn’t mean it will turn out just as good.

I’m not knocking Miami here, so please spare me the comments and emails about the “hate” on Miami here. Its not about that. It is all about how these potential owners need to calm down and come into the league when the league is ready for them.

Let’s also look at some facts here, expansion clubs usually draw well in their first year but that is because in recent years the league has made sure of it with getting a certain number of season ticket holders lined up well before hand (Seattle and Toronto…and eventually Philly).

I really believe the league should tell the Barca-Miami group that if they want to be in by 2010 they need to get at least 7k-10k in season tickets. Reason being is because that will insure at least some butts in the seats in Miami (who’s previous club hardly saw over the 10k like in their few seasons as the Fusion, and yes I know the reasons for that as well).

That is why they need to come in during the 2011 season with the other expansion club if the league really wants to re-enter that market.

Will the league actually stick to their guns about the two clubs in 2011 or cave into the pressure from another foreign owner that probably won’t know how to win in the league for a few years like Chivas USA. I know the league really likes the idea of this expansion bid but the more I dive into the the less I like it. I don’t know if it is because of the Barca thing or what. I just know it should be looked at very carefully and I am a bit afraid the league will dive in without testing the waters properly.

What do you make of the Miami bid? I know what the Miami supports will say but from an outsiders opinion on the matter do you think it will be a good fit or just another club?

  • Geoff

    I completely agree Drew. First of all we don't know how much of this is true if at all. Secondly say if it were true I don't think it's right for MLS to be bullied no matter who it is whether its Barcelona or Yeovil Town FC. The plan strictly is to have one in '09, another in '10 and two more in '11. The only way Miami or any other expansion candidate should come in a year earlier then planned is if the current expansion team for that season isn't quite ready for whatever reason (I know Montreal was rumored to step in '10 if Philadelphia wasn't ready). The other thing with me personally is that I don't like the location for expansion. I've been to Miami for a few days and admit I know nothing about the local demographics or anything. However, I just think you have to look at the history of professional sports teams in that area in that it's hardly been a success. The Marlins have won the World Series twice and can't get anyone. Not sure if there is a hockey team but it wouldn't make sense. The Heat every time I've seen (and I don't watch much basketball) don't have many people in the stands and I heard the Dolphins don't do extremely well. Lets not forget most importantly that the Fusion ultimately failed.

  • Jeff

    That is all you Miami haters can say about Miami. Please get use to iti Miami will be in MLS in 2010.

  • Geoff

    I completely agree Drew. First of all we don’t know how much of this is true if at all. Secondly say if it were true I don’t think it’s right for MLS to be bullied no matter who it is whether its Barcelona or Yeovil Town FC. The plan strictly is to have one in ’09, another in ’10 and two more in ’11. The only way Miami or any other expansion candidate should come in a year earlier then planned is if the current expansion team for that season isn’t quite ready for whatever reason (I know Montreal was rumored to step in ’10 if Philadelphia wasn’t ready). The other thing with me personally is that I don’t like the location for expansion. I’ve been to Miami for a few days and admit I know nothing about the local demographics or anything. However, I just think you have to look at the history of professional sports teams in that area in that it’s hardly been a success. The Marlins have won the World Series twice and can’t get anyone. Not sure if there is a hockey team but it wouldn’t make sense. The Heat every time I’ve seen (and I don’t watch much basketball) don’t have many people in the stands and I heard the Dolphins don’t do extremely well. Lets not forget most importantly that the Fusion ultimately failed.

  • Nordecke Luchador

    The Miami Fusion were as successful as nuclear fission. Bullocks on a Miami expansion team in the MLS. And Barca fans are all wankers, every last one of them. The next expansion team should be in Havana. And one more thing too: Go Crew!<br />
    <a href="http://nordeckeluchador.blogspot.com/&quot; target="_blank"><a href="http://nordeckeluchador.blogspot.com/</a>&quot; target="_blank">http://nordeckeluchador.blogspot.com/</a></a&gt;

  • Jeff

    That is all you Miami haters can say about Miami. Please get use to iti Miami will be in MLS in 2010.

  • The Miami Fusion were as successful as nuclear fission. Bullocks on a Miami expansion team in the MLS. And Barca fans are all wankers, every last one of them. The next expansion team should be in Havana. And one more thing too: Go Crew!
    http://nordeckeluchador.blogspot.com/

  • Geoff

    I'm not against the Miami bid at all. I certainly hope I am proved wrong and that IF they are chosen for one of the spots for 2011 (not 2010), I hope they can be as successful off the pitch at TFC have been. However, with sporting history in that part of the country you can't guarantee success. Also look at Chivas: the same thing was being said when they won the expansion slot in 2003 and they struggle to bring in the crowds.

  • Geoff

    I’m not against the Miami bid at all. I certainly hope I am proved wrong and that IF they are chosen for one of the spots for 2011 (not 2010), I hope they can be as successful off the pitch at TFC have been. However, with sporting history in that part of the country you can’t guarantee success. Also look at Chivas: the same thing was being said when they won the expansion slot in 2003 and they struggle to bring in the crowds.

  • Sounder at Heart

    Chivas does more than struggle. Seattle will have 20 times the season tickets as Chivas and Chivas hasn't been awful.

  • Chivas does more than struggle. Seattle will have 20 times the season tickets as Chivas and Chivas hasn’t been awful.