Relegators! Mount up

I don’t know if I’ve ever talked about sports on here, so if not, here is Sports Post #1.

One of the things I find most fascinating about professional English soccer is all the different levels of clubs and how connected they are through their system of relegation and promotion. It injects drama in the battle for the bottom of the league, whereas without the threat of relegation, poor-performing teams can just kind of go through the motions to get the season over with without any repercussions. Given the money involved in American sports franchises, I’ve always imagined it would be impossible to ever implement something like that over here. But Daryl at has pitched the idea for MLS based on the league’s anticipated expansion to 18 teams. Simply, once the league is at 18, you break it into two divisions of nine teams, and at the end of the season the bottom two or three clubs in Div I drop down to Div II, and the top two or three in Div II move up to Div I.

I don’t follow MLS at all (though I’ve been considering starting this year), but I can say that I listen to various podcasts and check numerous websites on a daily basis following the relegation battle currently going on in the Premier League. I’ve been calculating various scenarios that would keep Newcastle and Portsmouth in the Premier League and trying to decide who out of West Brom, Stoke City, Hull City, Middlesbrough and Blackburn I would be least bothered to see go. If the EPL were run like the NFL, MLB or even MLS, this interest would be completely absent. All of these teams could resign themselves to the fact that they’re not going to win the championship, they’re not going to qualify for Europe, and there’s always next year. BORING.

MLS: Please listen to this guy named Daryl.

3 Responses to Relegators! Mount up

  1. Jim says:

    First –> when I saw the headline I nearly snorted my coffee! And now I’ve got that song stuck in my head.

    Second, I agree. I’ve never heard about his until I was visiting family in Brazil last December and my father-in-law’s favorite team Vasco de Gama, was in danger of being bumped to D2 for the first time ever. (They eventually did get bumped). Now they have to battle back to D1, while their old rivals are laughing at them. It adds more drama to the season, and made me interested in watching the last game even though I don’t follow Brazilian soccer at all.

    It’s like the second act in a hero movie. You know, where the good guy falls down really low and everybody spits on him. The hero realizes he needs to get back to basics through a training montage with You’re The Best By Joe Esposito playing in the background.

    Plus a little more drama in the MLS soccer season would give sportscasters more stories and the sport more coverage.

  2. Jim says:

    And if you don’t know the song, “You’re The Best” By Joe Esposito, follow this link.

    See, you know it!

  3. Chip says:

    I dig that about the premier league too. I always thought – what with the established system of A, AA and AAA – that MLB would be the perfect league to attempt such a thing.

    Not a chance, though.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>