An Argument for Promotion-Relegation in the United States
In 2013 NYCFC paid 100 million dollars in franchise fees to MLS and the second team in Los Angeles agreed to a franchise fee of around the same size in 2014. The total wage bill for the entire league in 2014 was just under 130 million. What are those franchise fees being spent on? Currently neither NYCFC or the proposed LA teams have their own stadium, nor do they have a true fan base. There may be people wearing NYC blue and buying tickets, but they are fans of a new entity. Similarly, Orlando City, another new MLS franchise officially lost its four year history[ii] when it joined MLS at the cost of a 70 million dollar franchise fee.
What if that money was spent on the team instead?