Originally Posted by goranmilos
MLS is getting loaded with aging talent. Pirlo, Kaka, Villa, Keane, Gerrard, Altidore, whatever his name is in Seattle ...
Good or bad ?
I think it will put butts in seats. Also some are not as old, Keane for example has given LA good three years (unless I am mistaken ). He is good for another couple, as are Kaka and Villa. Pirlo and Drogbba are a different story, I think they are too old. Pirlo is a boss and can still do his thing ( he just played in a CL final), he can't go that much longer at a high level.
Attendance will go up, and I guess it may financially make sense, but I am not sure if it will grow the league. I don't know that people who come to see Pirlo this week will necessarily be back next week for a Earthquakes vs. Dallas game for example.
I am also not sure how players feel about it, there is so much disparity between players' salaries, can't imagine a regular with $70k/year being too happy about a guy way passed his prime making 15 times more.
I guess if the investments pay off and money is made on increased attendance, jersey sales and sponsorships, then invested in higher salaries and younger stars in the future it will pay off. I also hope it doesn't create too much of a gap for small market teams who can not afford big names.
To sum it all up, we'll see:)