Daily Links – May 3, 2015

Decided to start incorporating this going forward – I’m checking articles most days anyway, might as well compile them for others to read. [Read more…]

Why I Bought a New York Cosmos Season Ticket

RocketLaunchLast week, while browsing the internet/Twitter, I happened upon the New York Cosmos website – specifically the season ticket page.  Or season ticket deposit page (details).  The rebirth of the Cosmos – who will begin play in the recently re-booted North American Soccer League this August – has been of interest to me, but I hadn’t actually considered buying tickets until that moment.

I certainly intended to buy tickets when the Cosmos eventually (inevitably?) joined MLS, complete with an upgraded roster and new stadium.  What I hadn’t really considered was watching the “new” Cosmos in their infancy, playing games at Hofstra University located well west east of the city.  Yet after a few minutes spent thinking about it, including a glance at the schedule (seven of eight games played on Saturday night – convenient), the drive (roughly 40 minutes from Brooklyn), and the price ($96 for eight games) I decided to submit a deposit. [Read more…]

New York Cosmos Belmont Stadium Plan is Intriguing for New York Area Soccer Scene

BlueprintThere might be a hell of a lot of soccer being played in and around New York City very soon.  A recent, unilateral, stadium proposal by the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League (NASL) has created an interesting power struggle.  The Cosmos franchise – the most famous and successful in US professional soccer history – has been attempting to reboot for the last few years.  It’s long been assumed that the franchise will eventually link up with Major League Soccer, joining as the league’s 20th team and fulfilling commissioner Don Garber’s wish for a second, high profile, New York area team.  Yet this planned $400 million, 25,000-seat stadium near the existing Belmont Park Race Track puts the franchise in direct competition with MLS, and the league’s proposed stadium near Citi Field in Flushing, Queens.  [Read more…]

Red Bulls Still Trying to Break Through in New York City

 Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal featured an article which addressed the New York Red Bull’s continued battle for relevance in the New York area.  After sixteen MLS seasons, currently in their third at Red Bull Arena, the Red Bulls still haven’t arrived as a prominent team in the New York sports world.  Using whatever metric you’d like – attendance, television ratings, column space in the local papers – it’s clear that the Red Bulls are still at or near the bottom of the lengthy local food chain.  Right now the only major franchise they might see in the rearview mirror is the New Jersey Nets – and that figures to change next season when the Nets make their high profile move to Brooklyn.  While they’ve shown steady growth in recent years, the Red Bulls still face a number of challenges moving forward. [Read more…]

Major League Soccer Takes Aim at Manhattan

One of the biggest stumbling blocks on the path to adding a 20th MLS team – an expansion franchise located in New York City – has been the stadium plan.  MLS Commissioner Don Garber has made it clear that a stadium must be in place before the league will move forward in the process.  Garber believes that a new stadium is essential in order to attract potential owners for a franchise that will come with a reported $100 million expansion fee.  During a press conference on the weekend of the 2012 MLS Superdraft, Garber revealed that the league was working to find a stadium location in Manhattan.   It’s an ambitious goal, and if Major League Soccer pulls it off the league will have succeeded where the four major American sports have failed.

 

In the last 15 years the Yankees, Jets, and the Madison Square Garden Company, which owns the Knicks and Rangers, have all attempted to build new stadiums in Manhattan.  Each plan was scrapped, with the Yankees and Jets ultimately building new stadiums outside of Manhattan while the Madison Square Garden group opted to renovate the existing building of the same name.  This precedent is only one concern for Major League Soccer – the league must also face the high cost of building in New York City and local competition that will hurt the potential for other revenue streams.  Finally, the league must consider how having a stadium in Manhattan will impact the New York Red Bulls and their growth potential at nearby Red Bull Arena. [Read more…]

Major League Soccer Expansion – Does New York Need the Cosmos?

Although it’s been nearly 28 years since they played a game in the North American Soccer League, the New York Cosmos remain the most famous club team in American history.  Their brief flash across the sports landscape in the 1970’s and 80’s introduced America to the game, its glory and decadence.  Now the club is hoping to launch a new era as the 20th MLS franchise.  Is it a good idea?  Is it viable?  Let’s take a look: [Read more…]