Paulson Talks MLS Expansion

Paulson Talks MLS Expansion

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 16, 2012
  • Merritt Paulson, MLS Expansion

Just a couple interesting tid-bits that came out of a recent interview with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson. Bloomberg got him to discuss what the future holds for expansion fees into MLS and other items.

Here are some of the highlights below.

Expansion fees:

“The last team, in Montreal, went for $40 million,” Paulson 39, said in an interview this month in London. “You’re going to see a really big increase on the next team coming in. That’s just a product of the league coming in and growing. The people who got in on much lower valuations paved the way and did a lot of the heavy lifting in terms of getting the league to where the franchise valuations could be where they are.”

Profitability of the league:

“The league’s done a very good job in managing costs,” he said. “There are multiple teams in the league that are cash flow positive including us.”

What is next for MLS:

Obviously the item was about Queens. While the interview didn’t have a direct comment on the 20th club for MLS out of Paulson, the hint was there.

The 20th franchise may be in the New York area, which already boasts the Red Bulls, where [Thierry]Henry plays. League President Mark Abbott discussed plans this week for a stadium in Flushing Meadows in the New York borough of Queens, saying a new owner is likely to be chosen in 2013.