FanPost

MLS Paying Transfer Fees for Dempsey, Bradley, Dafoe (?)

The second to last paragraph in the Michael Bradley part of this mailbag with Grant Wahl reads "Where is the money for these transfer fees coming from? Look no further than the $150 million stake that Providence Equity Partners purchased in MLS’s marketing arm two years ago. Instead of pocketing the money to cover previous losses, MLS owners decided to reinvest that money in the league, including in a pool that would go to help pay such transfer fees."

I just do not understand how this pot of money would work as it seems very clear that MLS picks winners and losers and that they will only pay fees for large players who go to "large clubs" who will increase attendance, or lift up that media needle in larger media markets etc. Seattle and Toronto are the winners so far it appears. I understand all owners win when MLS improves and Toronto and Seattle are paying salaries that other teams cannot pay but still am confused at how this money works.

Thoughts?

http://soccer.si.com/2014/01/09/mailbag-bradley-to-toronto-fc-u-s-national-team-and-more/

Alright guys, I don't believe I have to say this but, just in case, please do not submit anything racist, homophobic, sexist or otherwise not appropriate for even the younger Timbers fans.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Stumptown Footy

You must be a member of Stumptown Footy to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Stumptown Footy. You should read them.

Join Stumptown Footy

You must be a member of Stumptown Footy to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Stumptown Footy. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9353_tracker