First, I can't find the clip but there was a video interview with Sunil in like 07' where he came out and said straight out that Rochester won't ever get into MLS because the market size is too small. Yes MLS used that stadium to try to leverage a move, but it was never going to get past the board and he said so. Salt Lake and Chivas were both examples of just coming in at the perfect time after retraction and MLS needing cash. Checketts also basically had St. Louis in his back pocket the whole time in which he said if he couldn't get a stadium deal built then he'd go to St. Louis. And in 04' to get a 10M check and the possibility of a stadium built was enough despite Salt Lake being a small market. Right now I don't think the RSL bid gets through IMO. Also these decisions were made before a national TV deal. At the time MLS was still paying ESPN to play games, so at that time they didn't have to be worried about building a national footprint like they do now. At this point they need to expand the footprint and the numbers if they want to grow not only the TV deal but the advertising deals. Their focus in the next decade will be much less about getting stadiums built and more about building that network (both on TV and through streaming) so they can secure better sponsorship deals. As far as your pro/rel scenario, I really am not sure if the league can do that. I don't think any of us know what the rules are for forcing relocations or forcing sales, to my knowledge nothing like that has ever been publicly said. What I think a more likely scenario would be to cut off future expansion and hope the market takes care of the underperforming clubs. So if Orlando can't buy a franchise from the league, then the only thing they can do is try to buy and relocate a current club. And because the board will be able to approve or reject offers that will be their way to basically select the next expansion team. But this is the truth with any franchise league. New investors will pop up and if they can't buy from the league then they will try to buy out current franchise holders. So I agree that relocations will happen but I don't think it will be implemented by MLS I think it will be done in the marketplace.