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What if the MLB had promotion and relegation?

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The biggest reason why this is a non-starter in the US is because the people who would enact it are the same people it would punish. Why would MLB (or anyone) owners agree to a system where a few of them are heavily punished each year financially? "Major League Baseball" is the collective of 30 owners. "The Premier League" is the top level soccer competition in England. The teams exist independently.

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3 hours ago, ElwoodCuse said:

The biggest reason why this is a non-starter in the US is because the people who would enact it are the same people it would punish. Why would MLB (or anyone) owners agree to a system where a few of them are heavily punished each year financially? "Major League Baseball" is the collective of 30 owners. "The Premier League" is the top level soccer competition in England. The teams exist independently.

 

Well, kinda.  The top soccer clubs have tried to break away to form their own closed league, but weren’t able to complete the deal.  So they did, with the proviso that they have to rotate the weaker members out.  But the Premier League is owned by whichever clubs are in it at the moment. 

 

Pro/rel could happen if the owners were properly compensated. If they got substantial parachute payments such as the Premiership offers to its relegated teams.  The problem is entirely that we don’t have the infrastructure here that other countries have, and never will. 

 

No other country has four other top-level professional leagues, each representing the highest level of competition in their sport on the planet.  That separates us from every other nation, and our specific challenges require specific solutions.  

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