Originally Posted by Revering4Blue
IMO, if the NASL doesn't expand too quickly, it stands a good chance of sustained solvency for the following reason:
Even though this incarnation of the NASL serves as a de facto minor league, it very much has a "Major League" feel to it, due to the fact that it is comprised of "Major League" markets.
In what may actually be a good thing for MLS, due to the high MLS expansion fees, is that the NASL's presence in under-served non-MLS major markets may well deter MLS from over-expansion.
The other league that springs instantly to mind with that, though, is the defunct IHL.
They tried to go big by doubling up on some major NHL markets (Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles) and other cities that were larger but lacked hockey (Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Houston, Orlando, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Indianapolis). The league collapsed under it's own weight with costs skyrocketing and revenue never increasing to match.
Being a second-tier league is a tough balancing act -- keeping play quality strong while keeping costs down isn't easy.