Re: USA, USA, USA...
Posted by BRINKSWAY BOY on 11/10/2017, 8:55 pm, in reply to "Re: USA, USA, USA..."
Yes I agree but is it a coincidence that these questions began to emerge in our sport like the number of clubs and the relegation question very soon after the Glazers took over at Man U? |
These were people deep into American Football where clubs can buy into a league and finishing bottom does not mean relegation.
Re-locations in American sport.
This is just since 1991 but goes back to the early 60s. This relocation and re-branding is completely foreign to our sporting culture.
Sports are just a business producing a product they are not a cultural definition of a town or place or people like the European model.
Arena Football League
Re-locations and name changes.
1991: The Pittsburgh Gladiators moved to Tampa and became the Tampa Bay Storm.
1992: The Columbus Thunderbolts moved to Cleveland. The team folded after 1994.
1993: The Sacramento Attack moved to Miami and became the Miami Hooters. The team became the Florida Bobcats in 1996 and folded after 2001.
1994: The Detroit Drive moved to Worcester and became the Massachusetts Marauders. The team suspended operations after the season.
The Las Vegas Sting moved to Anaheim and became the Anaheim Piranhas. The team folded after the following season.
After a one season hiatus, the Fort Worth Cavalry moved to Minneapolis and returned as the Minnesota Fighting Pike. The team folded after the season.
1997: The Memphis Pharaohs moved to Portland and became the Portland Forest Dragons. The team would move again in 2000.
1998: After a three season hiatus, the Massachusetts Marauders moved to Grand Rapids and became the Grand Rapids Rampage. The team would fold during bankruptcy.
1999: The New York CityHawks would move to Hartford and became the New England Sea Wolves. The team would move again in 2001.
2000: The Portland Forest Dragons moved to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma Wranglers. The team folded after 2001.
The Albany Firebirds moved to Indianapolis.
The Iowa Barnstormers moved to New York City and became the New York Dragons. af2, a developmental league for the AFL, absorbed the history of the Barnstormers and created an expansion team from it, which would play in the 2001 season before suspending operations. The team rejoined af2 in 2008 before being absorbed by the revived AFL in 2010. The Barnstormers currently play in the Indoor Football League. The Dragons have since been treated as an expansion franchise by the league.
The New England Sea Wolves moved to Toronto and became the Toronto Phantoms. The team folded after 2002. This is Canada's only historical AFL team to-date.
2002: The Nashville Kats moved to Atlanta and became the first incarnation of the Georgia Force. The history of the Kats stayed in Nashville and the Kats returned to play in 2005, before folding after 2007. The AFL treats the Force as an expansion franchise that began play in 2002 and folded during bankruptcy. A second incarnation of the Force was created out of a move before 2011, which would later fold after playing two seasons.
2003: The New Jersey Red Dogs moved to Las Vegas and became the Las Vegas Gladiators. The team would move again in 2008.
2004: The Buffalo Destroyers moved to Columbus. The team folded during bankruptcy.
2008: The Las Vegas Gladiators moved to Cleveland.
The Alabama Vipers moved to Atlanta and became the second incarnation of the Georgia Force. This team folded after 2012.
The Bossier–Shreveport Battle Wings moved to New Orleans and became the second incarnation of the New Orleans VooDoo. The team folded after 2015 due to financial struggles.
2012: The Tulsa Talons moved to San Antonio. The team folded after 2014.
2014: The second incarnation of the Milwaukee Mustangs moved to Portland and became the Portland Thunder. The team played as the Steel for the 2016 season and folded after.
Major League Soccer
2006: The San Jose Earthquakes moved to Houston and became the Houston Dynamo; however, the team records, logo, colors, championships, and history were left in San Jose. An option for an MLS franchise was awarded to Oakland Athletics owner Lew Wolff in 2006, and the option was exercised in 2007. The Earthquakes resumed play in MLS in 2008 as a continuation of the previous Earthquakes franchise.
I'm just wondering if this is what is driving our football institutions?
Less is more.
Relegation should have no impact and if a lower team comes up with the money they can be promoted. This philosophy is all about money and TV ratings. IMHO.
Please feel free to Google any part of what I say for confirmation.