If Portland can't get MLS what chance does it have of ever getting MLB/NFL/NHL.Who in their right mind is gonna come in here with the hundreds of millions needed for those other leagues?
Nike and Adidas premiere teams (Man U, BArca, Celtic Chelsea, etc.) frequently stop in Portland for training sessions/gear fitting while they tour the US for pre-season friendlies, but then they go off to other cities and appear in very lucrative matches.
When Vancouver gets its team, if we don't have a stadium, we will lose the Timbers. No minor league team can sustain itself if its nearest rivals are 1000-plus miles away. Then what?
More people in Europe know who the LA Galaxy are than the Portland Trail Blazers. Yes, Mr Beckham is largly responsible for that but also the Seattle Sounders are sure to have a large TV audience in Sweden with Freddy Lundburg their Countries biggest Soccer star.
There is a contingent of fans from the Chicago fire MLS team flying to Portland to check out the famous authentic soccer atmophere we have become known for around the world. Then along with a larger contingent of Portland Timbers fans will head upto Seattle to spend our Dollars heckling the Seattle sounders new MLS team.
Chelsea, one of the top soccer teams in the World will be playing Seattle in Seattle. This will sell out and bring huge revenues to the Seattle area. I have traveled to Seattle many times to see international soccer games over the years. If PGE park was converted into Soccer specific Stadium we would get those teams also. We are missing out on lots of out of state Dollars.
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