Blatter Wants MLS Schedule Change

Blatter Wants MLS Schedule Change

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On March 12, 2009
  • 16 Comments
  • FIFA, MLS Schedule, Sepp Blatter

There are times when I agree with FIFA boss Sepp Blatter and there are times when I disagree. Today is one of those days that I find him to be a total moron. Blatter told the press he would like to see Major League Soccer on the same schedule as the rest of the world.

Now, don’t get me wrong I am in the boat that think it could be positive change in the long run if the league were able to actually do such a switch. But his reasoning for it kind of ticks me off as he views the problem with the league is that the best American players aren’t playing in the league and that the clubs aren’t in control of their own stadiums.

That is a yes and no really for me. While I totally get what he is saying I just don’t like the tone that he is slamming our boys who stay home and play here instead of in Europe.

“American football plays in winter, so they can only play from March to October, which means you are not in the right season,” Blatter said on Wednesday. “The best American players are playing here, and this is the basic problem with the MLS.”

“This league was founded after the 1994 World Cup, but is still struggling to get the position they should have according to the number of football players there are in the United States,” Blatter said. “It has the highest number of young players in any sport. But the league has not found yet its position. It can only find its position if the league has its own stadiums.”

As you see he also mentions the stadium situation and I think in a way he hasn’t watched a lot of MLS lately. In a couple of years nearly every MLS club will either be in their own stadium or very close to it, with the exception of the Seattles and New Englands of the league who’s owner control the stadium situation.

To me I think Blatter just loves to slam the US and it’s soccer rather than praise it for its progress since the league’s inception. I know he doesn’t want the US to win the 2018 World Cup bid and I’m sure if he could he would love to not see it come here in 2022. I don’t know, maybe that is just me but it seems like anytime he talks about the US and soccer its always comes in a negative tone.

  • Joseph D'Hippol

    Blatter can sod off, permanently. He knows nothing about American sports culture; he only knows how to scam money from it (or he knows how to have his close personal friend, Jack-off Warner, do it). Blatter is a crooked bastard who should have been put down by the Mafia ages ago…

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    Blatter can sod off, permanently. He knows nothing about American sports culture; he only knows how to scam money from it (or he knows how to have his close personal friend, Jack-off Warner, do it). Blatter is a crooked bastard who should have been put down by the Mafia ages ago…

  • joel es latest socce

    Blatter is a numnutt!!!! Shouldn't you be in S Africa

  • Blatter is a numnutt!!!! Shouldn’t you be in S Africa

  • Offside

    He should take a look at the television ratings for MLS September 1 – the end of November. <br />
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    Then he should look at the failure of MLS on network (ABC) and ESPN Primetime Thursday. <br />
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    If anything, MLS should adjust it's season to reduce the number of games played, and end each season before Labor Day.

  • Kevin

    There are times when I simply want to punch this moron in the face. He really gets heated about things he is barely informed about.<br />
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    I would love to see him at a game in Toronto, Columbus, or New England in January. How do temperatures in the 20s at the HIGHEST and constant snow sound to you? And furthermore, if a fall-spring schedule were ever implemented, attendance would decline by about 80%. <br />
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    I also HATE the idea of an Apertura/Closura format. It really takes away the specialness of the season, because you can not try for one if you have a couple injuries, but come back and win the next short tournament by 15 points! I actually really enjoy the current format, though I would hope for a single table soon, and the playoffs should be limited to 6 (though I suppose 8 is reasonable when we have 18 teams).

  • Kevin

    And yes, Bladder, we ARE in the &quot;right&quot; season. It's OUR season. Prick.

  • Offside

    He should take a look at the television ratings for MLS September 1 – the end of November.

    Then he should look at the failure of MLS on network (ABC) and ESPN Primetime Thursday.

    If anything, MLS should adjust it’s season to reduce the number of games played, and end each season before Labor Day.

  • Kevin

    There are times when I simply want to punch this moron in the face. He really gets heated about things he is barely informed about.

    I would love to see him at a game in Toronto, Columbus, or New England in January. How do temperatures in the 20s at the HIGHEST and constant snow sound to you? And furthermore, if a fall-spring schedule were ever implemented, attendance would decline by about 80%.

    I also HATE the idea of an Apertura/Closura format. It really takes away the specialness of the season, because you can not try for one if you have a couple injuries, but come back and win the next short tournament by 15 points! I actually really enjoy the current format, though I would hope for a single table soon, and the playoffs should be limited to 6 (though I suppose 8 is reasonable when we have 18 teams).

  • Kevin

    And yes, Bladder, we ARE in the “right” season. It’s OUR season. Prick.

  • VICvik

    calm down guys, in 4 or 3 years we will be in the european format. Why does the NFL fan stay for 4 hours in winter cold games like idiots. The NFL has made it, because they advertice the NFL in a perfect way, they have balls and put more effort into to the league. MLS needs balls, thats it.

  • Kevin

    VlCvlk:<br />
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    3 or 4 years?! Surely ye jest!<br />
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    Maybe 30 or 40 years! There's no way the MLS turns ANY sort of profit playing in the winter while soccer isn't a top 3 sport in the U.S. The reason football (gridiron) players do it is because they have pads, they go on and off the field to lovely warm heaters and jackets, the stadium is full of 70,000 people, all of whom give off body heat, and in gridiron, the players have to move a lot faster and harder per play than in soccer, which is more of a constant, steady pace. <br />
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    Maybe we'll be in the European format in that we will be in a single table, but I can't see MLS sticking around long if they switch to a winter season. I, for one, would not make it out to many games.

  • VICvik

    calm down guys, in 4 or 3 years we will be in the european format. Why does the NFL fan stay for 4 hours in winter cold games like idiots. The NFL has made it, because they advertice the NFL in a perfect way, they have balls and put more effort into to the league. MLS needs balls, thats it.

  • Kevin

    VlCvlk:

    3 or 4 years?! Surely ye jest!

    Maybe 30 or 40 years! There’s no way the MLS turns ANY sort of profit playing in the winter while soccer isn’t a top 3 sport in the U.S. The reason football (gridiron) players do it is because they have pads, they go on and off the field to lovely warm heaters and jackets, the stadium is full of 70,000 people, all of whom give off body heat, and in gridiron, the players have to move a lot faster and harder per play than in soccer, which is more of a constant, steady pace.

    Maybe we’ll be in the European format in that we will be in a single table, but I can’t see MLS sticking around long if they switch to a winter season. I, for one, would not make it out to many games.

  • Jorge

    The main problem is with changing the format to the EPL, Serie A, and la Liga is:<br />
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    1. September thru February is NFL season, so obviously NFL fan attendance won't be compared with the MLS fan attendance.<br />
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    2. Winter in many places line NY, Boston, Toronto, Columbus, Seattle, etc is really heavy that no one can't play soccer under 20 degrees Fahrenheit, unless someone builds soccer stadiums with retractable roofs, say like Rogers Center, Phoenix, etc. So I believe &quot;Bladder's&quot; proposals won't happen, at least in my lifetime!!!

  • Jorge

    The main problem is with changing the format to the EPL, Serie A, and la Liga is:

    1. September thru February is NFL season, so obviously NFL fan attendance won’t be compared with the MLS fan attendance.

    2. Winter in many places line NY, Boston, Toronto, Columbus, Seattle, etc is really heavy that no one can’t play soccer under 20 degrees Fahrenheit, unless someone builds soccer stadiums with retractable roofs, say like Rogers Center, Phoenix, etc. So I believe “Bladder’s” proposals won’t happen, at least in my lifetime!!!