For 7 mil you can get a massive mansion and estate for 7 million. In lower Manhattan you can get an 800 square foot condo. I know which one I'd choose.
The silly thing is people in that area have both. I've worked on houses that are used "for the weekend" to get away from the city. Must be nice to have money. I am amused that some people think a weekend in Bergen county is getting away.
I mentioned it over a month ago about our recuiting of youth talent. It's not happening anymore. Adams was the last golden child. Now NYCFC is beating us. And if our youth coaches are leaving then we are fucked. The Austrian philosophy only works if they put everything into finding and developing talent in the greater New Jersey, New York and Connecticut area with the best coaches and money can buy. Otherwise we are just a useless billboard for an energy drink.
Years of futility, playoff failures, miss management, lack of promotion and more sports and entertainment options than any other market in the country has made this fanbase apathetic and fractured. By the way the metrostars did start with good attendance in the beginning.
And to add to that just look at a franchise like the devil's. Plenty of winning, legendary players and they still have problems getting people to the Rock. The Rangers on the other hand haven't won as much over the past 3 decades but still sellout all the time and most regular ranger fans can't afford tickets. Also look at the Knicks who haven't won a championship in close to 50 years and have probably been the worst NBA team the last 20 years but still draw and sellout. It doesn't make sense really.
These other markets coming into the league are completely different to the sports and entertainment competition provided by our area. They are also helped by not having the history of futility, apethy and being written off by the fanbase like we have. I also think there is also an unconscious stigma against the quality of MLS in this area that we can't get rid of. These other markets are also a part of the surge of popularity of soccer and more specifically the US team around the country that has only happened in the last 10 years.