Originally Posted by BuckeyeRed27
I agree that the Miami team would be a huge mistake, but I think the league will bend to Beckham (see what I did there), if that is what he wants to do.
I forgot about Atlanta, that is an interesting one as well. The league has no footprint in the south east, but I still think they can only do one of Miami, Orlando and Atlanta, given the other candidates.
Atlanta is apparently big because Blank, owner of the Falcons, has expressed interest, allegedly as a second tenant for the football stadium he wants. That makes some people nervous, given the history of the New England Revs as of late with Kraft as owner and having to play at Gillette. At this point, it's hard to say who is a frontrunner without knowing what's happening behind closed doors. The likely candidates all have potential owners, stadia, and/or fan support lined up. Of course, things could change. Cleveland once had an owner, Bart Wolstein, who was pretty much given an expansion franchise, pending the building of a soccer stadium in Summit County, between Cleveland and Akron. Plans were drawn up for the stadium complex to include youth soccer fields and some other stuff. All it required was a vote by County residents to approve a tax for infrastructure improvements. In a short period of time the vote went against it and Wolstein died. His son decided not to pursue expansion further.
I would personally like to see them get some issues with current teams solved first and boost tv revenues before expanding. TV revenues are what will improve the quality and stability of the league long term. Before they start cutting that pie into too many pieces, I'd like to see them get a bigger pie.