Single-Entity and North American SoccerΓÇÖs Struggle for Survival
Major League Soccer [MLS] was formed using a single-entity ownership model as an antidote to professional soccerΓÇÖs history of failure in North America. While the league and its supporters credit single-entity as the key to sustainability, detractors cite this model as a key factor in the sportΓÇÖs still relatively marginalized status among professional team sports domestically, as well as the leagueΓÇÖs poor (if perhaps improving) reputation globally. This paper will explore the historical reasons for choosing this ownership model, examine the relative success or failure of this model, and question if┬á leagueΓÇÖs single-entity structure is the best recipe long-term success for professional soccer in North America.
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