Originally Posted by BuckeyeRed27
I think Cincinnati's best chance would be to start a 2nd tier club. I think at some point in the future, if soccer continues to grow, there is a good chance that a European promotion/relegation system will take hold in US soccer. I think MLS will grow to 24 teams in the next 8 years or so and then the growth after that will be more focused on a pyramid system.
MLS is going to add a 2nd and maybe even a 3rd NYC team. Orlando, Atlanta and Carolina all have teams now that could be looked at and there have been rumors about Detroit and Minneapolis as well. Like someone else mentioned, a lot of it has to do with the ownership group and the location is somewhat secondary.
I don't know about that.
Frankly, there's too much money involved in sports -- locally (via various sponsorship and media-rights signed by teams), politically (via government entities that aid in the construction of stadia and other facilities), and individually (via owners putting up their own money for ownership stakes) -- for anyone to suggest a promotion/relegation system be added to a stable league structure.
Why would the owners of current teams -- many of whom have invested tens of millions of dollars into their clubs -- voluntarily agree to a system that might see their $100m facilities sitting empty as their club is relegated and they're forced to play in Toledo, Ohio or Little Rock, Arkansas for road games?
Promotion and Relegation exist in European football associations because it has always been that way. If you remade the Premiership today, though, I doubt you'd find ANY support among the current members for such a system to continue existing.