Red Bull welcome addition; also welcoming controversy
If it wasn't for the name, then this deal would be universally considered one of the greatest things ever to happen to MLS. A $100 million investment in a league that has never made money is an amazing thing. Here's the breakdown of the deal:
$25 million - Metrostars value
$30 million - Stadium naming rights (10 years only?)
$45 million - 50% stake in Harrison stadium
The only people who should really be upset are Metrostars fans. As far as the name, you'll get over the name in time, just like everyone's used to Real Salt Lake and Columbus Crew. Because it's still your team, it's just has a different name. Plus, it looks like the team will benefit in the long run. They can't possibly be worse.
Now we have another issue with Zoffinger and company upset over calling the team New York, despite playing in New Jersey. Seems like MLS can't go anywhere without upsetting somebody. But Zoffinger has a history of treating the team like crap, so this isn't surprising. The good news is that it shouldn't have an impact on the new stadium, so in 2008 this will be water under the bridge.
You also have Senator Frank Lautenberg and Governor Jon Corzine lining up to oppose this, from an AP article. Seems like this is an easy target for politicos to make themselves look good (and Frank needs it). You literally cannot look bad to the general public taking a stand like this. Of course, if you actually understand the situation, then you might disagree. This reminds me of how certain politicians bring up child porn and terrorism when talking about online file sharing.
At least the article gets the facts straight:
In fact, however, the MetroStars have not officially had New Jersey as part of their team name for several years.
Also, just take a look at this:
Frisco to Dallas = 26.5 miles
Sandy to Salt Lake City = 17.0 miles
Bridgeview to Chicago = 13.9 miles
East Rutherford to New York = 13.5 miles
Harrison to New York = 9.5 miles
Stupid state line.
They really shouldn't have to bow to the pressure, but for two years they just might have to. Looks like the New Jersey domain names have been registered already.