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  1. I agree with you on pretty much every point. 2022 will be very telling as far as how big MLS has gotten in this country, as that is when a new TV deal would take hold. As I mentioned prior, there is a tremendous gap between European leagues, which while I don't have actual viewership numbers, is likely growing faster than the MLS, somply because those talented players that we see in the US often go to Europe for the money (Christian Pulisic), and that includes young MLS players (Miguel Almiron). This is obviously a tough task, as I know several people that won't watch MLS, simply because of the lack of quality, which that's certainly their right. I totally agree with the idea that the talent is here, and as the sport grows, that talent pool will grow as well. The NCAA might be a major hurdle for those that aren't quite top tier talent, but are good enough to go pro eventually, as I believe the rules allow for unlimited subs (Most major leagues only allow 3), and some of the other rules keeps those players from really developing into 90 minute players. I will agree that there is a solid amount of young talent in this country, it's just getting them out there for people to see, and getting them some time on the national team. Nashy, that's my whole point in a nutshell, and I am right there with you that if the league is run responsibly, it could definitely be the sport of the future, but if it's not, and my worst fears come true, it will set the game back decades in this country, just simply because it would legitimize what all of the naysayers have been saying for 40-50 years, when there's actual, tangible proof to the contrary. I again point to the fact that here in Nashville, in the middle of summer, two Premier League teams played an otherwise meaningless game, and it drew over 56,000 fans. You go to cities where the game is more established, and you can often draw more. My hope is that people of this city rally around this team, as they have the Titans and Preds, and make Nashville SC a part of the city, and sell out Nissan every week. I don't know if it will happen, but I know I'm doing my part, and I'll preach the virtues of having top level professional soccer in Nashville. I feel like the fact that each of the matches played there have drawn quite well, over 13k for each game if I'm not mistaken is a good omen for when the team goes to the MLS.
  2. When I typed this out, I purposely tried to stay away from football, to avoid the whole "he just hates football" mindset. I do watch, though my interest isn't what it was in the past. That being said, the NFL, regardless of TV ratings, isn't as "powerful" as they were a few years ago, simply because football as a sport isn't as big as it was a few years ago. I hope you're right in that the MLS is screening these ownership groups, before just handing out teams. I maintain that the MLS, and perhaps I was hasty in saying they're the last great hope for soccer in America, but I do feel that the sport is at a tipping point in this country. International teams are gaining in popularity throughout the country, and I as a Liverpool fan can attest to this, as we had close to 200 at Party Fowl in Donelson for the Champions League Final back in June. Whenever European teams come across the Atlantic to play exhibition games, they can usually come very close to selling out NFL stadiums. (Tottenham v. Manchester City drew 56k here in 2017) The main knock on the MLS is that the quality of play is far below what European leagues have, and it's very true. The financial rules in the MLS make it very difficult to put out a high quality team, and a highly restrictive salary cap doesn't help. The big names only come over once their good years are over, giving the MLS the earned reputation as a "retirement home" for great European players. Obviously more success will bring more money into the league, and more money to spend on these players to keep them stateside, rather going to these other leagues, many of which have few restrictions on how much a team can spend, other than FIFA's Fair Play rules. I want it to be known that I want the MLS to succeed here in Nashville, and nationwide, it's just that I have concerns that their business model is not sustainable with where the sport is in the American mindset, but I do want it all to work out.
  3. Let me preface this by saying I'm a HUGE supporter of Nashville SC, and a huge supporter of Nashville's entry into the MLS in 2020, going as far as having season tickets for next year. That said, I'm fearful for the future of the MLS, I certainly hope I'm wrong, but there's just some things that don't feel right about what the MLS is doing in regards to mass expansion. The MLS was started in 1996, because in order for the U.S. to host the 1994 World Cup, the nation had to have a top tier league. (i.e Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain, etc.) The league was always fighting irrelevance in the early years, but carved out a decent if not large following in the cities where it put teams. In fact, of the 10 teams that started that 1996 season, only 1 folded (Tampa Bay Mutiny), and a total of 3 teams have folded in that time. The league stayed between 10 and 12 teams from 1996-2006, before starting a slow, measured expansion of one team per year from 2007-2010, bringing the total to 16 teams. In the years since, the league has expanded to up to 28 teams in 2022, with the possibility of growing to 30 soon after. I feel like the MLS is expanding too fast right now, and seems to be making decisions based on what sounds good right now. Such as after Nashville was announced as an expansion city for 2020, Cincinnati was announced for 2019, despite Nashville being further ahead in the planning of a stadium, and the team. For my part, that seems a little underhanded. Not to mention that Sacramento had been waiting for a franchise for years, and was bypassed by cities such as Nashville, Cincinnati, Miami (which was initially awarded a franchise in 2013, but could never secure a stadium deal), Austin, St. Louis, and finally today it was announced that Sacramento had a "framework deal" to join in 2022. To me, and this is only my opinion, this feels eerily like the Arena Football League, which blew up from 8 teams in 1991, to more than doubling the size of the league, up to 19 teams in 2001. The league would try to hold on to these teams after a 2009 bankruptcy forced the cancellation of the season, and teams folded one after the other in the ensuing decade, down to as few as 4 teams last season, and back up to 6 this year. I'm not saying that the MLS is following this route, but there are a number of risks they are taking, and there's a lot of money changing hands, mainly in large expansion fees. The result of a collapse, no matter what scale, of the MLS will only further those that feel that soccer will not work in the U.S. While it's still a niche sport among the big four, it has made considerable inroads in the states, and given another decade or two, it could nudge its way into that discussion. That, along with the issues that the NFL is facing, it could position soccer to move up in the consciousness of many Americans. Of course, that's all speculative, with perhaps the slightest bit of hyperbole mixed in there as well. In the end, the MLS could be the sport's last great hope for success in America, and I for one, would hate to see that chance fall apart because of greed of expansion fees.
  4. This is the problem in a number of cities, not the urban environment, not access to and from the city, not anything other than leaders that are out for themselves and their cronies. I had always heard negative things about Detroit growing up, and while some were deserved, no doubt, a lot of it stemmed from those in charge being corrupt. Yes, the decline of the auto industry had a LOT to do with it, but when you have mayor after mayor dipping into the city treasury to help themselves and those around them, you get what you have in Memphis and Detroit. Thankfully, each is slowly recovering, I can't speak for Memphis, as I was only there for a day or two several years back, but I can say that Detroit is finally climbing out from the rubble it was in the 80s and 90s. It's far from what it was, but it's a hell of a long way from where it was only a couple decades ago. As far as our "rivalry" with Memphis, it's just like any other two cities of significant size in the same state. For me, it's fun to poke at them, but to say it's a horrible city would miss what Memphis is attempting to do. I love Nashville, but I don't put the blinders on, and think we're perfect. Far from it. I actually feel that with how we're marketed, it's inviting a dangerous element into the city, a more booze soaked reputation, with a dangerous side. This, among other reasons, is why I rarely find myself going past 5th Ave. when downtown. But that's just me.
  5. Toronto, already jammed with towers is only building more. In this video, released just last week, the guy filming counted over 45 cranes in the downtown core, in addition to the 31 buildings of over 600 ft. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovaiZejy_pI&t=
  6. Just Googled the Municipal Auditorium, and while on the site it shows nothing for today, Google is showing another cheerleading competition this morning, so plan accordingly.
  7. If you'll allow me a space to rant, I'll move ahead, or if this should be in a particular thread, rather than its own, I apologize. It's been a while since I've posted on here, through rant, photo, or comment, but this one came to me at work today. It's about the near vitriolic hatred some around here have about the growth and development. On Facebook (yes, I know, the great bastion for free and open dialogue that it is) I'm a member of a couple of groups that discuss the history of the city, and for most of the time, it is indeed that, but too often, it turns into an indictment on the city itself. I don't know that anyone is to blame for the explosion, and let's face it, even the most optimistic among us coudn't have seen this coming 20 years ago. We were still the misfit city, still Atlanta's little brother, still that little hick town with 500k people. Yes, the growth has been insane to say the least, to a point where even I, someone whom years ago dreamed of Nashville stepping out of the shadows, and taking its place among the big boys, even I sometimes stop and think about how we might be growing too fast. I soon realize that with the growth, comes opportunities, and from that, comes the opportunity to shake the hillbilly image that's been emblazoned on our great city since who knows when, and reinforced by images on TV and in film. This has been an opportunity for us to make the city of Nashville what we all want it to be, and I don't think I'm talking out of turn when I say "all of us" either. We wouldn't have monthly meetings if this wasn't happening, or at least they'd be over a lot sooner than they are. I'd say we're all pretty hawkish on development, and we might not always agree on all subjects, but we do believe that we have an unique opportunity, and that the city must embrace it. Sadly, some feel differently. On these Facebook pages, which I won't name, people reminisce about what Nashville was, which is nice, I certainly like to look back to see how far we've come. These pages also breed something very dangerous, it's a sort of "Nativism" among long time residents, that wish Nashville would "go back to how it used to be", and want to stop the growth. I see their point, only to the fact that the infrastructure has been desperately lagging behind the pace of development, and the State of Tennessee has proven to be completely useless at best, and adversarial at worst. Yes, traffic can be horrid at times, but 85-90% of the time, a slowdown is all you'll get, not complete gridlock. The only way that really happens is if there's a wreck somewhere. I'm always curious to wonder what time these people would like to go back to. Is it the 50s-60s, when everything was downtown? (An ironic approach if you ask me) Is it the 70s and 80s, a time when strip clubs and adult theaters dominated Lower Broad, and you didn't go downtown unless you had business there? Perhaps it's the 90s, the transition when a number of buildings were boarded up because the porn shops had been run out, but other businesses hadn't caught on. I question their logic as well. Why WOULD you want to go back to another time? Right now, infrastructure issues aside, this is the best time ever to be in Nashville. With the exception of the "theme bars" which pollute Lower Broad, the nightlife here has never been as vibrant. There is quite literally something to do every night of the week, a concert at every venue several nights a week, major acts make Nashville a destination, and the conventions that come here, thanks to the Music City Center, have made numerous companies want to relocate here, whether small scale, or moving a corporate headquarters here. We live in the best times this city has ever known, but even with all that, there are those that will complain. I also get the point that with the growth comes the closing of businesses we've grown up with, but that's the price for progress. In one comment in one of the groups, the individual made perhaps the best point when they said that "The Nashville you used to know paved over the Nashville someone else used to know", and that's the truth. What we long time residents consider our memories, replaced the memories that others had. It's progress. It's not always pretty, but that's the price you pay to live in a city that is changing for the better. I don't like every facet of it, namely the "tall skinnys" that pollute the historic areas of the city, but as they come now, they will be gone one day, replaced by the building fad of that day. One thing I wonder is how many of those that complain about the development go to hockey or football games. That was growth and development. How about those that go to Providence in Mt. Juliet, or The Avenue in Murfreesboro? that's growth and development. Or Opry Mills, or the Music City Center, or any of the other countless buildings and developments that have sprung up in the region over the past 2 decades. You can't like this one, but hate that, it's all a part of the growth of the region as a whole. As Nashville continues to grow, something that shows few signs of slowing, it becomes imperative that the city adapt to that growth in the best ways that it can. Creating a regional transportation plan that doesn't just put more buses on the road. Nashville is still in the middle of an amazing renaissance, and as part of this group, we can help shape this city to be the best it can be by consulting with our leaders, and getting our ideas out there. Progress is inevitable, and there are those that will fight kicking and screaming to stop it, but eventually we will do what's best for our city.
  8. Thanks Ron. I also think 5th and Broad could be fun to watch from this vantage point as well, but you would definitely have a front row seat for the courthouse.
  9. The addition to the Library parking garage means it’s now open at the top, rather than the cavern that it once was. So of course I went up to take pics!
  10. After the SC match on Saturday, I decided to head to the top of the parking garage next to the stadium, and got a few shots.
  11. Ohio and Virginia are playing at Vanderbilt due to Hurricane Florence, and at the time, it was uncertain where exactly the storm would hit. Thankfully, the storm missed Charlottsville, but we know what it's been doing to the Carolinas. That being said, ESPN (or ACC Network) is carrying the game, and talked to the AD of Virginia, and during that time, they did some establishing shots of around the stadium when this one popped up.
  12. I completely agree! I grew up off Nolensville near OHB, and for many years could tell you what was in a lot of those places. Yeah, it could look better, but there's something about those little strip centers and buildings that had character.
  13. Some photos I took after yet another Liverpool win this morning. First is looking at the future Nashville Yards from 8th & Commerce. Certainly an interesting view without the buildings of the Lifeway Campus there. Next is 8th & Broad with the new and old. (A favorite subject of mine. Next is the Bento Box project on 4th Ave S. I took a side trip over to Kline Ave., and it's amazing that as close to downtown as it is, it seems as though it's miles away. Driving down Nolensville Rd, the new stadium is going to do wonders for the stretch around the fairgrounds, and it's interesting to think of what Nolensville Rd, particularly between the fairgrounds and Harding Pl. will look like in 10 years. I wonder if something would be done along that route to tie the stadium and the Zoo together and activate the whole corridor. Certainly mass transit could be a game changer for the corridor, but without it, changes will be slower. Past Harding, it's a mix of established businesses, and Hispanic businesses that I feel are essential to Nashville. Interested to hear everyone's thought's on the future of Nolensville Rd.
  14. Is the track still going to be viable in 2048? Not to be cynical, but that's projecting a long way out for an area that's ready to burst. I'm also curious to see how the track figures into the future of the city.
  15. If Sacramento is passed over again, their fans are going to be LIVID. This is already the 2nd or 3rd time (I believe) that Sacramento has been high on the list, but passed over for another city.
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