Sunday, March 24, 2013

Expansion Team No.2 Is Los Angeles?

At least according to the Orlando Predator's managing partner it could be. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Brett Bouchy was asked about the possible impact of an Orlando MLS team and of a possible minor league baseball team and after the reply he talked about possible AFL expansion sites of New York which was confirmed last season and Los Angeles which hasn't been talked as much as other cities such as Portland.

Here's the full question and answer:
OS: The Orlando City Soccer Club is looking to lure a Major League Soccer team to Central Florida, and Winter Park wants to attract a minor-league baseball franchise. How does that affect the Preds?
BB: "I don't think it'll change anything. It's about spreading the gospel. We've had a lot of success the past 22 years, and we will continue to build the credibility and relevance of our brand. That's what we're going to do by bringing the ArenaBowl here, getting A-list artists like KISS and aligning them with our brand.
"I think you'll see the AFL move into markets like Los Angeles and New York next year. I expect those announcements probably at the ArenaBowl. It's an exciting time for us to grow.''
I for one would be surprised if Los Angeles would get another team considering that the Staples Arena isn't getting less busy, Anaheim wants all of their teams to be called Anaheim(see MLB Angels), and that worker compensation laws in California makes running a team quite expensive.

In international expansion news, Bouchy did talk about the China and possible European leagues which are scheduled to start in 2014 & 2015 respectively after a couple of exhibition games the year before. Each league is planned to consist of six teams of 20 players.