Category: Leagues: NASL

Rocco Commisso speaks out about Steve Malik and USSF

Rocco Commisso on buying the Cosmos, NASL’s sanctioning and North Carolina FC’s Steve Malik New York Cosmos Owner and Chairman Rocco Commisso recently spoke exclusively to World Soccer Talk about the state of the North American Soccer League (NASL) that his club plays in, which has been sanctioned as a second division by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) since 2011. On September 1, 2017 at the USSF Board meeting that preceded the United States humiliating 2-0 World Cup Qualifying loss to Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena, NASL was denied a continuation at the Division 2 level for 2018 ... Read more

Antitrust lawsuit: NASL dug its own grave despite USSF-MLS collusion

What do investors in soccer do when they’ve made one bad business decision after another? And to make matters worse, when they’ve shifted from one rhetorical strategy to another? Sue their governing body, of course! This is the path the North American Soccer League (NASL) has chosen to justify the league’s complete failure to create a stable and successful second division that works within the confines of US Soccer. After seven seasons as a sanctioned Division II league, NASL was informed on September 1, 2017 that they would not be approved as a D II league by the United States ... Read more

Football: NASL sues US soccer over division status switch

New York (AFP) – The North American Soccer League filed a federal anti-trust lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation on Tuesday, accusing the body of unfairly revoking the league’s Division 2 status. The NASL, which was reborn as a professional league in 2010, lodged its lawsuit in Brooklyn just weeks after the league was stripped of Division 2 status by the USSF. Under USSF regulations, a league’s division status is determined according to different criteria, including the number of teams in a league, the stadium capacity of each team and minimum financial resources of team owners. The USSF had ... Read more

World Soccer Talk supports Miami FC and Kingston Stockade FC’s case for arbitration against USSF

Last week, two US-based soccer clubs, Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade FC, filed a claim with the Court of Arbitration on Sport (CAS) to require the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) to to follow FIFA’s rules by adopting promotion and relegation within the US Soccer pyramid. We at World Soccer Talk endorse this move by Miami FC and the Kingston Stockade. This isn’t meant a shot at the top-tier US league, Major League Soccer (MLS). In fact, were it not for the persistence of MLS owners and their invest millions of dollars in the sport, we may not have top level ... Read more

What MP & Silva’s $4 billion TV deal could mean for lower leagues of American soccer

On Monday, Sports Business Journal reported that Riccardo Silva on behalf of MP & Silva had approached MLS about a $4 billion broadcast rights deal spanning the years 2023-2032 if the league agreed to institute promotion and relegation. MLS has rejected the proposal according to SBJ. While we speculated yesterday that perhaps they would come back to the table, league sources have indicated to me that MLS and its marketing arm Soccer United Marketing (SUM) have a policy of not selling domestic broadcast rights to third parties. MP & Silva, serving as a third party that bundles broadcast rights, wouldn’t ... Read more

Review of George Best – All by Himself, ESPN’s 30 For 30 soccer masterpiece

Like many soccer fans, I have been frustrated that despite the constant flow of excellent ESPN 30 for 30 films, so few have had any content related to our sport. As someone who spends very little time watching sports other than soccer, the 30 for 30 series has been enlightening and educational about topics I generally have little interest in. Therefore it goes without saying the excitement I and many other soccer fans had upon hearing the news about the latest 30 for 30 focusing on the life of the late great George Best. But hasn’t the George Best story ... Read more

The whirlwind adventures of the NASL’s Dallas Tornado: Memories with footballer Jan Book

July usually sees major soccer clubs the world over take flight to embark on their respective summer tours. Generally, these are exercises in connecting with the global fan base, maintaining and raising profiles and of course getting some match practice in preparation for the new season. It’s safe to say that none of these clubs could even begin to imagine let alone experience the amazing world tour that the Dallas Tornado undertook in 1967. It was a journey that spanned five continents taking the team to 25 countries and saw them play 48-matches. The Tornado players narrowly avoided an air ... Read more

Cosmos future assured after media tycoon takeover

New York (AFP) – The New York Cosmos on Tuesday confirmed that media tycoon Rocco Commisso had bought a majority ownership stake in the club, confirming the franchise’s future after weeks of uncertainty. Italy-born Commisso, the chairman of US cable TV provider Mediacom, told reporters on a conference call he hoped to help put the club and the North American Soccer League (NASL) on a firm footing which would lead to an expanded competition. The Cosmos’ future had been shrouded in conjecture after the club furloughed staff and released players from contracts last month, effectively ceasing operations. Those decisions were ... Read more