I don't even know exactly what you're disagreeing with here - are you saying there are only a handful of people in minor league baseball towns who don't care who wins the league? My opinion is that winning and losing in minor league baseball doesn't hamper the fan experience, because it's not about that. Disagree if you like. If you're talking about soccer, I agree that an affiliation (or not) will go right over the heads of most potential ticket buyers. And that's the problem. Soccer has to matter in this country if we're going to advance. I'm not really talking about other sports right now, the baseball example was just an example. My larger point was that MLS is just not getting traction - after many years - in markets where the team matters. We've moved past the point of "Don't worry about that team, they're going to fold soon because every soccer league ever has folded, so don't take them seriously." 17 years later, that's not the issue. And now we're at the point where several MLS teams actually matter to people. That's a step on the road to America embracing the game the way most of us would like to see it done. And that same thing has to happen at all levels. I've been to Wilmington. The Hammerheads matter to people. We need to replicate that. I simply don't think an affiliate system does anything but hamper that, even if it's in a small way. So small, in fact, that I've already wasted more 1s and 0s defending my position than I care to, so I'll go back to the original premise, which was "not ideal." I'd rather not see it. I'd rather not see lower-level teams that are anything but free and independent. You can believe whatever you like.