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Mark Cuban can do wit his money what he wants, but it seems that he gives too much money to Mavs GM Donnie Nelson, as Nelson co-owns the league.

 

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Mark Cuban has purchased a principal ownership stake in the Professional Futsal League. The PFL’s decision to partner with Cuban illustrates the league’s commitment to provide fans, communities, and partners with the highest quality sports and entertainment experience.

 

“I couldn’t be more excited about partnering with and investing in the PFL,” says Cuban. “Futsal is one of the fastest growing sports in the world and it’s time to make it even bigger in the U.S. market. We are ready to introduce the best global brands and the world’s best players to our growing fan base and I’m thrilled to be part of the PFL.”

 

 

 

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Its on a court vs. turf, has no walls, and has a smaller ball with less bounce. Field size is different too.  Indoor is typically hockey rink sized (200' long) while Fusal is about the same size as a basketball court (from 72' to 140' long NBA is 94') Its also Fifa sanctioned so played and recognized globally while indoor is more North American. 

 

Its quite a bit different from a players perspective.  Most people consider futsal a better development vehicle to the outdoor game.  From a fans perspective, maybe not.  It should be much more organized in terms of gameplay than indoor which errant kicks aren't penalized as much as they are in futsal.  

 

Overall, the thing that has me most excited is them talking about this being the premier world wide league for the sport.  That could be huge.  It could hurt the development of club outdoor in this country however.

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5 minutes ago, Needschat said:

I'm excited to see who the other NBA owners attached to this are.  

 

Apparently, there are reports floating around about Mikhail Prokhorov and the Buss family both having ownership stakes in the league.

 

Franchises are reportedly set for Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. New York is apparently going to play host to a pair of teams, with Prokhorov presumably operating his out of Brooklyn, while an FC Barcelona-owned franchise will set up shop elsewhere in the city. Mark Cuban will undoubtedly be at the reigns of the Dallas-based team. The Buss family would most likely own the team in Los Angeles. As for the Pacific Northwest entry, one rumor has the team splitting its home dates between Seattle and Vancouver, while another says that its ownership is still deciding which of the two cities should be its sole base of operation.

I've also heard that teams will either be directly owned by a major international soccer club from outside North America, or such a club would engage in a partnership with a North American-based ownership group. Atletico Madrid, Boca Juniors, and Corinthians have all been mentioned as joining the aforementioned FC Barcelona amongst major international PFL owner/operators.  

  

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2 hours ago, pcgd said:

Its on a court vs. turf, has no walls, and has a smaller ball with less bounce. Field size is different too.  Indoor is typically hockey rink sized (200' long) while Fusal is about the same size as a basketball court (from 72' to 140' long NBA is 94') Its also Fifa sanctioned so played and recognized globally while indoor is more North American. 

 

Its quite a bit different from a players perspective.  Most people consider futsal a better development vehicle to the outdoor game.  From a fans perspective, maybe not.  It should be much more organized in terms of gameplay than indoor which errant kicks aren't penalized as much as they are in futsal.  

 

Overall, the thing that has me most excited is them talking about this being the premier world wide league for the sport.  That could be huge.  It could hurt the development of club outdoor in this country however.

I have always thought that we needed a Futsal league here in the states rather than indoor soccer. Indoor soccer is fun and all but to develop players this is the way to go. Japan has a nice pro league with some J League teams involved. Done right...with the right investment...and marketing...this COULD be huge and change the landscape of US soccer.

 

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19 hours ago, Brian in Boston said:

Franchises are reportedly set for Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and the Pacific Northwest. New York is apparently going to play host to a pair of teams, with Prokhorov presumably operating his out of Brooklyn, while an FC Barcelona-owned franchise will set up shop elsewhere in the city. Mark Cuban will undoubtedly be at the reigns of the Dallas-based team. The Buss family would most likely own the team in Los Angeles. As for the Pacific Northwest entry, one rumor has the team splitting its home dates between Seattle and Vancouver, while another says that its ownership is still deciding which of the two cities should be its sole base of operation.

  

 Really hope they don't split the cities for the PACNW club. It would be difficult to get support when you know the team will be in another city....unless they go the Cascadia SC route. 

 

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So, the latest rumors out of the Professional Futsal League organizational meetings in Texas...

 

* A lineup of 16 teams with franchises set, thus far, for Anaheim, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York (home to a pair of teams), Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle;  

* NBA ownership involvement including Mark Cuban (Dallas), Mikhail Prokhorov (one of the New York-based franchises), and Jim Buss (Los Angeles);

 

* International soccer club ownership involvement including Atletico Madrid, BenficaBoca JuniorsCorinthiansFC Barcelona (one of the New York-based franchises), and at least two more "powerhouse" European clubs;

 

* Interest from Chinese and Japanese investors, including a Chinese billionaire who is set to own the San Francisco team;

 

* Matches will be played on 20-meter-wide x 40-meter-long courts;

 

* Matches will consist of four 12-minute-long quarters, with - if necessary - a 4-on-4 five-minute-long OT   

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