Travel costs have been conquered by every other top league we have. I propose breaking the third and fourth divisions into regional leagues to mitigate it on that level.
Revenue is a cart before the horse argument. If you set up a closed, stunted, and tightly controlled league that doesn't capture the imagination of real american supporters, and then blame them for not watching, I call that ineffective. Name all the examples you'd like about the struggles of the club game all over the world. Fact remains, the accessible, open league model allowed soccer to dominate the world of pro sports. By removing that system, you are removing the soul of the game.
FIFA has expressed a preference for world cup hosts who embrace open leagues.
This move can be made with one critical ingredient - an independent, courageous President of US Soccer.
This is politics. There is an example out there for a successful league system that is merit based, club focused and wildly popular. Meanwhile, we've watched scores of our closed leagues fail to capture the imagination of the American supporter.
This is a tried and true system. It's not a theory or a hypothesis.www.soccerreform.us