More Possible Expansion Sites

More Possible Expansion Sites

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On July 21, 2009
  • 12 Comments
  • Don Garber, MLS Expansion

Again, I apologize that is may be a day old but you know I love a good expansion story/talk/news/update/etc. According to the Sports Business Journal (subscription site), MLS commissioner Don Garber recently spoke out on a few expansion cites for upcoming league expansion. A few were ones we already knew about and a couple others are repeat sites that have tried and fail or just failed.

During the panel, Garber also talked about MLS expansion, saying he still expected the league to add two more teams in the coming years. He said he is interested in bringing franchises to Atlanta, the Carolinas, Florida, St. Louis or Montreal. Garber said the league is still interested in a second team in N.Y. but that league talks with the Wilpons had broken off. He did not say why the Wilpons were no longer in talks with the league but said that he hoped they would resume in the future.

What do we take from this? Not a whole lot really since it was just a panel discussion. We know the league wants Montreal, New York and St. Louis. The three southern potential sites are tougher to go to right now with the way the economy is and where those markets are at as a whole.

I still believe we will soon hear something about Montreal getting a bid into the league for as soon as 2011. After that it really will come down to somewhere in the South or St. Louis as I really don’t see a second New York club coming in in the near future with the economy hurting potential owners like the Wilpons.

  • WTF

    ATLANTA – stadium exists and could easily be expanded to 20,000. #8 DMA is a big plus too. Not sure they have the local support from the business community.<br />
    CAROLINA (RALEIGH) – stadium exists and could easily be expanded to 20,000. #28 DMA isn't big enough given the number of small time markets (and Canadian cities) already in MLS.<br />
    FLORIDA (MIAMI or TAMPA) – this commissioner is obsessed with getting back into Miami, and FIU has expressed interest in bringing MLS back to the stadium. No local ownership, or fan interest. Tampa will all depend on how well their USL team is embraced. Alledgedly, they'll have their own stadium. Miami is DMA #16, Tampa is DMA #13.<br />
    ST. LOUIS – they've got it all except owners with money. As time goes on, this location becomes less attractive, because if they had the cash, it would have showed up by now. DMA #21.<br />
    MONTREAL – they could step in by 2011 if Garber wanted. The question is – would that be a good thing? Montreal gives you nothing in terms of US television, and Canadian teams shouldn't be in the US first division anyway.

  • C

    Montreal will get a team one way or another.<br />
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    St Louis is a tough call, Garber has always wanted a team their, but the money and the ownership just aren't there.<br />
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    Miami or Tampa are horrible ideas because of what happened the first time around.<br />
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    Carolina is seemingly out of the blue but the idea is not too crazy considering the area has a rich soccer history with UNC soccer.<br />
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    Atlanta could work but fan support may not be there.

  • WTF

    ATLANTA – stadium exists and could easily be expanded to 20,000. #8 DMA is a big plus too. Not sure they have the local support from the business community.
    CAROLINA (RALEIGH) – stadium exists and could easily be expanded to 20,000. #28 DMA isn’t big enough given the number of small time markets (and Canadian cities) already in MLS.
    FLORIDA (MIAMI or TAMPA) – this commissioner is obsessed with getting back into Miami, and FIU has expressed interest in bringing MLS back to the stadium. No local ownership, or fan interest. Tampa will all depend on how well their USL team is embraced. Alledgedly, they’ll have their own stadium. Miami is DMA #16, Tampa is DMA #13.
    ST. LOUIS – they’ve got it all except owners with money. As time goes on, this location becomes less attractive, because if they had the cash, it would have showed up by now. DMA #21.
    MONTREAL – they could step in by 2011 if Garber wanted. The question is – would that be a good thing? Montreal gives you nothing in terms of US television, and Canadian teams shouldn’t be in the US first division anyway.

  • C

    Montreal will get a team one way or another.

    St Louis is a tough call, Garber has always wanted a team their, but the money and the ownership just aren’t there.

    Miami or Tampa are horrible ideas because of what happened the first time around.

    Carolina is seemingly out of the blue but the idea is not too crazy considering the area has a rich soccer history with UNC soccer.

    Atlanta could work but fan support may not be there.

  • Kevin

    WTF, do you suggest that the Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, and Calgary Flames do also not belong US first divisions?<br />
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    I mean, especially since the Habs and Leafs helped found the NHL and whatnot?

  • Kevin

    WTF, do you suggest that the Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, and Calgary Flames do also not belong US first divisions?

    I mean, especially since the Habs and Leafs helped found the NHL and whatnot?

  • soccer goals

    I hope that Tampa receives and expansion bid.

  • I hope that Tampa receives and expansion bid.

  • goal

    Tampa will not, repeat WILL NOT get another MLS team!

  • goal

    Tampa will not, repeat WILL NOT get another MLS team!

  • Todd

    What about Tulsa or Oklahoma City?

  • Todd

    What about Tulsa or Oklahoma City?