New York City may be about to get its own MLS team, courtesy of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour. But it won't be the New York Cosmos, in name or coolness or spirit or any other sense, and that's a pity.
The Green Bay Packers and Barcelona FC are among the two most successful franchises in any sport, by any measure. They are also owned by the communities that support them. So who's to say that couldn't work in MLS?
The big news last week before the MLS’s Chicago Fire flew south to Florida to begin their winter training camp was not a star player signing, or a new coach, or an addition to their Toyota Park home. On Tuesday, it was revealed that The Quaker Oats Company (a tentacle of PepsiCo) would pay the Fire at least $7.5 million to place their name and Quaker Larry’s smug face across the chests of their players for the next three years.