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Yet another promotion/relegation idea you’ll all ignore

Imagine there’s no NASL. Imagine there’s no USL. The brand names and any baggage associated with them are gone. Instead, you have the U.S. Pro League. (OK, I’m not good at coming up with names, but I think it should … Continu...

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Promotion/relegation in England: The big drop

England’s vaunted soccer pyramid is a relatively recent phenomenon, at least in expanded form. “League football” — the professional tiers, back in the days in which the FA maintained a clear distinction between “amateur&...

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Why I don’t engage in most promotion/relegation discussions

Suppose someone told you Beethoven wrote Born to Run.  “No,” you’d say. “All available evidence says Bruce Springsteen wrote Born to Run. It was recorded nearly 150 years after Beethoven died.” You’d think that w...

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The NASL and the periodic restatement of facts on promotion/relegation

How did a three-part Empire of Soccer interview with NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson start an epic Twitter beatdown? Well, it helped that in the first part, he talked about promotion/relegation, the concept that governs most soccer leagues (and other...

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The semiannual restatement of facts on promotion/relegation

Amid other lunacy on Twitter today, someone alerted me that the man whose Twitter ID rhymes with “locker deform” brought me into a conversation about the topic that has consumed most of his 70,000-plus tweets: the prospect of promotion/re...

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Again with the promotion/relegation: Investors STILL needed

I was kidding when I mused aloud about suing a certain promotion/relegation zealot for defamation. I think. As I’ve said before, the people (particularly the ringleader) of the promotion/relegation movement tend to personalize things. We’...

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Great time for promotion/relegation fans to step up

Because I wrote a book about Major League Soccer that sold at least 10 copies and long held a position in which USA TODAY tolerated a small amount of soccer writing, I’m something of a lightning rod for what we … Continue reading →...

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How far would you travel for travel soccer?

Alternative youth soccer leagues are almost as popular these days as alternative facts. I’ve spent the last month doing interviews and compiling data for an upcoming story to see how we stand on the fine line between awesome and absurd. &hellip...

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