Evening Links and Thoughts: Pro/Rel, Beckham, and more

Evening Links and Thoughts: Pro/Rel, Beckham, and more

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 8, 2009
  • 4 Comments
  • David Beckham, Don Garber, Evening Links and Thoughts, Home Depot Center, Kansas City Stadium

It has been quite a full day for some, others are left catching up on all the twitter messages that were lost today. There are plenty of good links to discuss so let’s not waste any more time with the formalities.

First up is the lovely discussion that will be on going for the next 20 or 30 years with Major League Soccer. Yes I am actually talking about Promotion and Relegation system with the league. I bring it up since Don Garber was wise (sarcasm intended) to mention today out in London that he hopes to see that kind of system introduced to MLS down the line.

Thankfully Garber did say that the league is far too young and doesn’t nearly have the money to do such a thing at this time. So we’d have to imagine that we are at least 20 years away from such a thing. Maybe by then I’ll have a different opinion on doing it here.

Most of you know I’ve always been in the boat that it is a system that will never work here. Basically it is one of those things that if the timing is right, along with many other factors (including money) that it could work here.

I just don’t see this as something that Garber or the league is actually willing to try anytime soon though. But I do believe that this will only get the debate going that much more with those out there that believe it will work here in the States with MLS. To this day I have still yet to hear a good enough reason why the league needs to eventually switch to that kind of a system.

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Beckham Allowed to be Loaned Out

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He’s free to be loaned out yet again by the LA Galaxy this winter. The thing is Galaxy boss Tim Leiweke wants a loan done before things get real muddy like they did last winter with the Galaxy and AC Milan for David Beckham.

”We have a deep appreciation of what he is doing over here with his national team,” he said. ”I wanted him to know that we will support him so we are going to lend him out.”

”We know he has to be playing in Europe leading up to the World Cup. That has been made clear to us, and we are going to support that. He will be somewhere come January and we will see him back in July.

”We have a contract and despite people thinking we’re going to sell him, we’re not. David is going to finish his career with the Galaxy.”

You know if this is how the Beckham contract is going to be then so be it. Let’s get it done and move on so the club doesn’t have a looming circus over its head for a few months this winter.

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Home Depot Center Closing Upper Deck For Playoffs

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A bold move by the LA Galaxy who return to the playoffs for the first time in a couple years. They will be closing off the upper deck at the HDC for the playoffs. Since they may only host a single playoff game it does sounds like a risky move. They will only open it up if the lower bowl is sold out for their playoff game(s).

I guess since they are averaging just slightly below 20,000 this season they can do this sort of thing to increase atmosphere. My gut feeling tells me they will end up opening the top deck though for the playoffs.

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KC Stadium Update

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Mike at Down the Byline checks in with another update for the KC Stadium. This time he guesses when the stadium will be completed if all things go well. Right now it stands a chance at opening in the middle of the 2011 season. I kind of wonder if they will get the usually schedule treatment like others have had when opening a stadium during the middle of the season and get loads of road games early on with a massive amount of home games late to make up for it. Guess we will see, I just hope the project gets done either way.

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Open Letter To Chicago’s Owners

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A while back I nearly did a ranking of each club’s owners and I thought at the time the Fire’s owners were one of the better owners in the league…okay honestly I did have them at middle of the pack. But after seeing a letter like this I have to wonder if they should be lower on that list if I ever come around to finishing it.

  • Cannon Girl

    Well, my boys didn't make the playoffs but they're still a good team with a great chance at making it next year, Becks will be around next season after all, Obama won the NPP (anything that ticks off the FOX News gang and/or the GOP makes my day), and it's the weekend—YES!!! It's a very BEAUTIFUL day in the neighborhood—WHO-HOOOOO—GO QUAKES!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 😉

  • Cannon Girl

    Well, my boys didn’t make the playoffs but they’re still a good team with a great chance at making it next year, Becks will be around next season after all, Obama won the NPP (anything that ticks off the FOX News gang and/or the GOP makes my day), and it’s the weekend—YES!!! It’s a very BEAUTIFUL day in the neighborhood—WHO-HOOOOO—GO QUAKES!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 😉

  • Joseph D'Hippol

    WV Hooligan, closing the upper level at HDC is not a bold move. It's a money-saving move (AEG doesn't have to pay security or ushers to police the area), and a face-saving move (the Galaxy can claim &quot;sellout&quot; even at less than capacity).<br />
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    AEG will do nothing that won't enhance it's bottom line. Whether it helps the fans is completely irrelevant. Just ask Cannon Girl in San Jose.

  • Joseph D’Hippolito

    WV Hooligan, closing the upper level at HDC is not a bold move. It’s a money-saving move (AEG doesn’t have to pay security or ushers to police the area), and a face-saving move (the Galaxy can claim “sellout” even at less than capacity).

    AEG will do nothing that won’t enhance it’s bottom line. Whether it helps the fans is completely irrelevant. Just ask Cannon Girl in San Jose.