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Old 06-02-2008, 06:12 AM
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Default Misl Folded this just came across the wire

well i expected steve ryan to go , i never thought the entire league would fold the baltimore examiner reported this about 4 hrs ago

how ever ed hale said that the baltimore blast will play next seasion as of friday all plays & coaches have been released from their current contracts
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:29 PM
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I don't really have anything to say except this is just a shame. I have always loved indoor soccer and now it appears that the highest level of the sport in this country is the Pro Arena Soccer League. It just doesn't sound as good as MISSLE.
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Old 06-02-2008, 12:47 PM
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It's not dead yet. They are folding so they can reorganize with a more viable league. As to the PASL, they were supposedly going to have some former MISL cities i. e. St Louis in their league. But not so fast to that idea. Those same cities are now in line to reenter the reorganized MISL. Who knows how all this will pan out when the dust settles in indoor soccer. It was just a few years that multiple leagues consolidated into 1, the MISL. Now the process is starting all over again.
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Old 06-02-2008, 01:34 PM
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Default Too bad

I remember going to Cleveland Force playoff games in the 80s and the arena was SOLD OUT. Amazing how far indoor soccer has fallen. I really like the game (and enjoyed playing indoor soccer in the 80s) and as a fan, its the best we can hope for in a hot city like Phoenix. I'm surprised this happened and will be interested in learning the full story.

Major Indoor Soccer League shuts down




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WESTPORT, Conn. (AP) -- The Major Indoor Soccer League has shut down after seven seasons, and is considering restructuring.

The league, which had been in operation since the 2001-02 season and had nine teams in the 2007-08 season, ceased operation last weekend. That came a few days after commissioner Steve Ryan resigned.

Former league chairman John Hantz, owner of the Detroit Ignition, said Monday that the league is considering restructuring that would allow longterm growth and expansion.

In addition to Detroit, the league had teams this season in Baltimore, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., Orlando, Fla., Stockton, Calif., and Monterrey, Mexico.
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Old 06-02-2008, 02:21 PM
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Default Reading the Baltimore article

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Team owners disbanded the league, and will spend the next two weeks trying to create a successful business plan for a league that has been in flux for several seasons.
“We are going to play next year,” Blast investor/operator Ed Hale said. “But we’re going to reform the league without a bunch of stockholders from cities that were gone five years ago. That was basically to clean things up.”...The league’s owners were confident this past Friday the MISL would not have to fold, but Saturday, the owners decided to shed the excess shareholders —former team owners of defunct franchises — with the goal to streamline a business plan, according to a source close to the situation...The league could add another team in Mexico, and at least one other American city, setting up a Midwest Division and East Coast Division, a source said. By ridding itself of its stockholders in prior league hubs, the MISL would be free to expand to former markets such as San Diego, St. Louis and Cleveland with new ownership, a source said. The league also will look to cut down on unnecessary expenses, particularly by having referees based in league cities.
Sounds to me like this was a housecleaning measure. I think some cities are "reserved" for their old ownership groups, making a new franchise a legal nightmare. I got these entries from Wikipedia.
CLEVELAND - After several years of losing money, the team was placed on inactive status in September 2005 when new owners could not be found.
SAN DIEGO - There are rumors that the team might return but so far, these rumors have not been confirmed.
DALLAS - Although the team has not played since 2004, there have been published rumors ever since about the team's return. So far, these rumors have not panned out.
KANSAS CITY - In September 2005, it was announced that the Kansas City Comets would not play during the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons. There remained the possibility that a third Kansas City Comets team would be active for the 2007-2008 MISL season but it never happened.
WICHITA - There is current talk of a Wings revival, possibly by the owners of the Wichita Thunder hockey team (I do not know how accurate this entry is)

Of course, there is the "other" league, which I find to be a bit shaky at this point (but, then aren't all minor leagues these days, it seems):
PROFESSIONAL ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE
Professional Arena Soccer League (PASL) will consist of six teams which reside in Dallas, Texas – Houston, Texas – Boulder, Colorado - Fort Collins. Colorado – Stockton, California and Wenatchee, Washington.
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Old 06-02-2008, 06:43 PM
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Dude, slow down.

San Diego, NO. Dallas, really, no. Don't dredge up old teams that died for a reason.

The smart way to do this is EITHER Baltimore to Chicago and places in between, or Cleveland to Wichita and places in between. Keep it compact, bus it. Don't be major unless income allows it. No NHL or NBA arenas.

Just keeping it as compact as my limits makes the remaining owners automatically smarter than the PASL.
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Old 06-07-2008, 10:01 AM
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Here is a list of the 14 titles the baltimore blast has won so far & proudly hand high in the baltimore arena

5 Championships
2002-2003 MISL Champions
2003-2004 MISL Champions
2005-2006 MISL Champions
2007-2008 MISL Champions
1983-1984 MISL Champions

9 Division Titles
1992-1993 NPSL American Division (as Baltimore Spirit)
1993-1994 NPSL American Division (as Baltimore Spirit)
1999-2000 NPSL East Division
2003-2004 MISL Eastern Division
1982-1983 Eastern Division
1983-1984 Eastern Division
1984-1985 Eastern Division
1988-1989 MISL regular season
1989-1990 Eastern Division
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:35 PM
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Default The Ultimate Indoor Soccer Alliance..it could actually work if everybody gets onboard

Any further information on the restructuring of the current MISL? What is the status of expansion into Louisville, KY, Guadalajara, Mexico, and Albany, NY? Has anybody considered that the new PASL Professional Division and current MISL could each form regional divisions and have their respective champions play each other. Thus, indoor soccer could be played on a regional structure to save cost while simultaneously providing stability under two leagues with one major operating umbrella. I.E. look at the NFL (AFC vs NFC) or Major League Baseball (American vs. National Leagues). This scenario is not too far from reality. Think about it. Why is California leaving the MISL; but to only save on travel cost. Look at the proposed cities in the PASL. Where are they located, but in the Southwest (i.e. Dallas, Stockton, Houston, Arizona). Why not shift the Monterrey LaRaza to the PASL and bring in Guadalajara as well. Then the MISL could focus on the Midwest and East Coast to reduce travel cost (bring back remainder of current MISL Franchises, add Louisville Thunder, Cleveland Force, Wichita Wings, St. Louis Steamers, New York Arrows, and Kansas City Comets to revive some previous franchises.) Indoor soccer would be contained under one umbrella with two leagues using regional divisions; then we could have inter - league play every year for short periods of time just like MLB. This would cut down on travel cost, create new rivalries, provide marketing opportunites to franchises in other cities with greater exposure, and give indoor soccer more clout with the networks if indoor soccer could present a unified front. Another question I have is about the PASL. Will the Dallas franchise be a revival of the Sidekicks and will the Houston franchise be the old CISL Hotshots or original Houston Summit?

Any and all thoughts are welcome. My hope is that both the MISL and PASL realize that together they can survive and make money as one super league. But only by using a regional format to cut cost. Here is how I would divide up the market if I had any say under a new Super Indoor Soccer League:

MISL North: Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Cleveland Force (expansion), Orlando Sharks, New York Arrows (long Island expansion), Pittsburgh Spirit (expansion)

MISL West: Milwaukee, Detroit, Chicago, Louisville (expansion), St. Louis Steamers (expansion), Kansas City Comets (expansion), Wichita Wings
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PASL West: Monterrey (move to PASL from MISL), Guadalajara (expansion moved from MISL to PASL), Dallas Sidekicks, Houston Hotshots, Arizona Thunder, Stockton Cougars, San Diego Sockers, and Utah Freeze (Salt Lake City).
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Old 06-09-2008, 12:39 PM
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Here is a list of the 14 titles the baltimore blast has won so far & proudly hand high in the baltimore arena

5 Championships
2002-2003 MISL Champions
2003-2004 MISL Champions
2005-2006 MISL Champions
2007-2008 MISL Champions
1983-1984 MISL Champions

9 Division Titles
1992-1993 NPSL American Division (as Baltimore Spirit)
1993-1994 NPSL American Division (as Baltimore Spirit)
1999-2000 NPSL East Division
2003-2004 MISL Eastern Division
1982-1983 Eastern Division
1983-1984 Eastern Division
1984-1985 Eastern Division
1988-1989 MISL regular season
1989-1990 Eastern Division
So the Blast have the most league titles of any team that was in the MISL with 5, 1 more than the Wave. However, including defunct teams, the San Diego Sockers have the most titles with I want to say 8 in 10 years...all in the original MISL. The longest indoor soccer dynasty.
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