The Los Angeles Galaxy won the MLS Cup on Sunday. But that's not important. What is important is that during the first half, there was an airplane that flew over the StubHub Center and trailing behind it was a banner that read:
US SOCCER PROMOTION-RELEGATION NOW
No one is quite sure who the culprit might be but if you've been around the US soccer blogosphere for a while, you may have your suspicions. The fight waged by a very vocal subset of the US Soccer fan community has flared recently due to the publicity of its most aggressive figurehead, Ted Westervelt. Whatever your feelings on the structure of the league and the feasibility of a promotion/relegation system, the overhead banner Sunday afternoon made for a pretty hearty chuckle.
As the game went on, the realization slowly sank in that money was exchanged for the service of an airplane banner that meant to ruffle Don Garber's feathers. Back in June of 2013, the Reddit community raised the required $605 to fly an anti-Vergara banner over a mid-season match at the StubHub Center. With that in mind, how much might it be to fly one over the MLS Cup Final?
There's not a lot of price rates available online and it does vary depending on location and event so I would assume it is safe to say that a high-visibility banner such as that might run at least double. There is an individual that likely paid over $1000 to fly a promotion-relegation banner over the MLS Cup Final. Let that sink in.
So what else can you get for $1000 in Los Angeles? Here's a some things that money could have been spent on instead:
With the 2014 player allocations, dispersal drafts, and general postage, I'm concerned that Don Garber might be running out of envelopes. At twenty cents (what a bargain!), we could get the Commish 5000 envelopes which should last until the January transfer window.
Any of these things would be more reasonable than flying an airplane banner demanding a promotion-relegation structure (in a single-entity league, mind you) over anything.
What else would you rather spend the $1000 on? A new fedora for Don Garber? Bribe Mark Geiger to not referee? Sound off in the comments below.