The whole MLS calendar issue has been a horse that has been beaten to death so many times I don’t even know where to begin.
Thankfully it could be a thing of the past. More and more clubs overseas are beginning to warm up to how MLS does things not just in a financial sense but in how they do their calendar. Yes, you read that correctly, some folks in Europe actually like the MLS calendar.
So maybe we’re on to something here right?
According to Sports Illustrated, the German executive, who is also chairman of the European Club Association which represents over 200 clubs in Europe, has publicly stated that it makes no sense for European soccer to play through the winter, citing weather issues as a prime concern.
“Everywhere, be it Germany, France or England, summer is the best period of the year. And that is the season we don’t play,” Rummenigge said. “In deepest winter, when it is very cold and snowing, we play nearly all the time in conditions that are disagreeable for both players and spectators. It is not logical.”
Logical. That is the word I’ve used a dozen or so times in arguing for the current schedule that MLS uses. Most players do not like the cold months, especially the bitter cold months.
Given how more than half of the league is located in the northern half of the country (draw a simple horizontal line in the middle of the country to get the idea here), it makes little sense to play games from December through February.
This Rummenigge guy believes that Europe could be headed in the same calendar direction as MLS. That would be huge for MLS in the long run if it were true.
We’ll see if it actually happens though but the thought that a large number of clubs in Europe are potentially on board with a calendar shift like this is positive from a MLS standpoint.