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#11 camycamcan

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Posted 05 August 2014 - 05:24 PM

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 06:05 AM

I'd maybe pay attention if there was a Charlotte team. Maybe. It would help if the gave it an actual nickname, not something generic like 'Charlotte FC'.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:00 AM

I'd maybe pay attention if there was a Charlotte team. Maybe. It would help if the gave it an actual nickname, not something generic like 'Charlotte FC'.

 

The non-use of nicknames in professional soccer is one thing i like about the sport. Sport nicknames are an American thing, but soccer is the world's sport. some clubs have a "nickname" but they don't go by it. You refer to Man U as simply Manchester United and not the Manchester United Red Devils



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:08 AM

One reason why not.

Soccer sucks.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:38 AM

The non-use of nicknames in professional soccer is one thing i like about the sport. Sport nicknames are an American thing, but soccer is the world's sport. some clubs have a "nickname" but they don't go by it. You refer to Man U as simply Manchester United and not the Manchester United Red Devils


It's not the lack of nickname that's the problem. It's copying European club names rather than making distinctly American ones. Nobody here really calls soccer 'Football', so call teams 'FC'? Unique names are better than copped European names.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 10:53 AM

One reason why not.

Soccer sucks.

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At least it took 13 posts before this one happened. I expected it would show up much sooner.

I'd say that's progress.

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Posted 10 August 2014 - 11:25 AM

Not that they are huge draws, but you already have the Hounds and Knights downtown in the summer drawing about 15000 combined (I don't know the actual figures) and thus taking away a potential 15000 tickets from the MLS team. Bring the MLS team in and all of a sudden they will start drawing away potential customers from the Hounds and Knights which could put those two franchises in jeopardy.

 

Bringing in an EPL team for an event unlike Charlotte has ever seen is one thing, bringing in an MLS expansion team is quite another. I'm willing to be 75% of the crowd was from over an hour away from Charlotte, and many of them were probably Liverpool or Milan fans from around the entire U.S.

 

Like I said in the match thread, if you're going to give the Carolinas a soccer team, put it somewhere in the Triangle where they can draw from the Triad and Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill with only the Durham Bulls as local sports competition in the summer.

It wouldn't be hard to schedule the MLS home games when the Knights aren't home.  And nobody cares about the Hounds.  I agree the triangle would be a better spot, but my Charlotte bias wants the team here.  Here's an idea.  What if the team played half their home games in Charlotte and half in the triangle?

 

It's also important to remember MLS fans and baseball fans are completely different crowds.  Whereas a lot of MLS fans aren't baseball fans, and a lot of baseball fans won't be MLS fans.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 12:01 PM

I think it would be a good idea.  I supposed they could play at the new UNCC stadium.  That would be perfect.  A lot of young kids around Charlotte are into soccer pretty big time.  I think it would do well.



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 01:21 PM

At least it took 13 posts before this one happened. I expected it would show up much sooner.

I'd say that's progress.

 

I'll make sure to add that in after every soccer post. 



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Posted 10 August 2014 - 03:18 PM

It wouldn't be hard to schedule the MLS home games when the Knights aren't home. And nobody cares about the Hounds. I agree the triangle would be a better spot, but my Charlotte bias wants the team here. Here's an idea. What if the team played half their home games in Charlotte and half in the triangle?

It's also important to remember MLS fans and baseball fans are completely different crowds. Whereas a lot of MLS fans aren't baseball fans, and a lot of baseball fans won't be MLS fans.


My reason for including that is you're taking away POTENTIAL ticket holders, not necessarily that everyone will convert to soccer fans. The Hornets don't play at home at the same time the Panthers are at home for this same reason and vice versa, this is just on a much smaller niche scale.

To your point about the local barnstorming of the team, that has been done before. The Carolina Cougars thought they could build the fanbase across the state by moving games between Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh but that's what led to their demise. The Kansas City Kings did this with Omaha, NE when they were in trouble and they ended up in Sacramento. And the Hurricanes started in Greensboro temporarily but because everyone knew theywere waiting on Raleighs arena to be built, nobody showed up. The Toronto deal with the Bills has been a flop.

Tl, dr: good idea in theory but history shows it doesn't work.


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