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New TOA League Could be Called North American Soccer League

2009 November 20
by Brian Quarstad

NASLUSL News, a web site not affiliated with the USL, has discovered today that the new Team Owners Associations League name might just be a knock off of the most celebrated soccer league to ever operate in North America.

According to USL News, Miami FC Blues, one of the original TOA teams, has applied for the name North American Soccer League. The site says, North American Soccer League, LCC in Delaware filed two trademark claims on November 16th, 2009. They claims were marked c/o Miami FC 501 Brickell Key Drive, Suite 407 Miami FLORIDA 33131.

USL News has the documents on their site. I strongly suggest you visit USL NEWS and check out the excellent investigation work they did.

Personally I think this is a brilliant move for the league if they can pull it off.

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17 Responses
  1. November 20, 2009

    This is great stuff to hear!

  2. November 20, 2009

    So, they’re expecting to burn bright then go away just as quickly as they started?

    Can we quit holding NASL up as some freaking holy grail?

  3. November 20, 2009

    </curmudgeon>

  4. leper permalink
    November 20, 2009

    I’m with kj on this one.

    And Kicks is a stupid name. :)

  5. thesuperrookie permalink
    November 20, 2009

    I agree with the leper. Shocking, I know.

  6. November 20, 2009

    Regardless of whether it invokes images of great soccer or great failures, I just think it’s dumb to use an old name for a new league. If nothing else it shows a lack of imagination. It would be like opening a new restaurant and calling it “Bennigan’s”, after the national chain that went bankrupt last year. It’s not the same restaurant; don’t try to milk a little cheap publicity by using the same name.

  7. November 20, 2009

    I was halfway expecting “North American Premier League” knowing the parties involved.

  8. evan eleven permalink
    November 20, 2009

    calling the new league NASL is clearly risky but i think it’s a genius move. the new league will get tons more publicity and notoriety this way, and will leave USL in the dust. most mainstream sports fans have at least some knowledge that NASL existed i think, but hardly anyone is aware of USL. it could even lead to an AFL-NFL scenario in the future if MLS wants to expand further. now who wants to bet that the New York Cosmos will be playing in the new league in a year or two…

  9. jay permalink
    November 20, 2009

    KJ nailed it:
    I’m going to forget the diplomacy-
    It is STUPID.
    I FREAKING HATE IT.

  10. jay yanki permalink
    November 20, 2009

    Seeing as I am a “dinasour” (emphasis on “SOUR” when it comes to the subject) I am old enought o have actually attended NASL games in a few cities as a kid. Pretty much during it’s aguably “best moments”. If you will forgive the plagarism (“borrowing”):

    I knew the NASL. This new league ain’t no NASL. And frankly, like KJ indicated previously–some of us need to get over some of the NASL nostalgia…

  11. uhclem permalink
    November 20, 2009

    From a publicity aspect, it’s brilliant. Lots of press, local and worldwide, will be generated, both positive and negative. Lots of discussion, both pro or con, throughout the soccer world. And ultimately, as long as the soccer played is good, the league name will keep few people from attending.

    If I were them, my concern would be protecting the copyright. I don’t know the details, but judging from the frequent usage it gets from soccer shops and retro shirt makers, it might have passed into the public domain. If so, it will be harder for the new league to restrict usage of the name and actually having their copyright hold up in court.

    Frankly, it’s a wash to me. If the soccer’s quality, I don’t care if they name it the North Circular Relegation League.

  12. November 21, 2009

    I could live with the new name (as I voted in the poll), I’m not old enough to remember the NASL, but from the research I did once, they’re the league that brought us the 35 yard offside line, and the 6 point standings system.

    Personally I like Jarret’s name. Working “Premier” in the name somewhere would definitely stick it to the USL.

    But as far as I’m concerned, if the Thunder don’t get some money and some players, obviously it doesn’t matter that they left the USL, they won’t be operating :( .

  13. November 21, 2009

    nasl is die in 1984

  14. Irv permalink
    November 21, 2009

    Call this new league what you want..its not going to happen for 2010. The ego of a “little-man” and his money in Carolina and the money from Traffic/Miami FC is all you have. THERE IS NO SUBSTANCE! Minnesota is virtually bankrupt. Atlanta has stated the will not field a team in 2010. ST.Louis his WPS is losing millions of dollars. Tampa Bay and Crystal Palace will lose alot of money in court because they have contracts and the USL has the right to operate a team in those markets and I suspect the USL will operate teams in Tampa Bay and Baltimore themselves for 2010. I heard they were plenty of quailified /GM’s & coaches that “crashed the party” at the USL AGM and they had resumes in hand for interium work. The law is the law and this league does not have the minimum critera that the USSF requires

  15. November 21, 2009

    Irv, it’s always so interesting reading your comments. You never have an opinion on something. Instead you are always the condescending authority on things and why are you so angry? I’m just reporting what is happening here.

    “THERE IS NO SUBSTANCE! Minnesota is virtually bankrupt.”

    Yes, is this anything new? I’ve been reporting that all along. In fact I sort of broke that story. So, how about the NSC thing? Any chance that could actually happen with the TOA since you seem to be on top of all this?

    “I heard they were plenty of quailified /GM’s & coaches that “crashed the party” at the USL AGM and they had resumes in hand for interium work.”

    What are we supposed to be getting out of this comment.

    You may be correct. USSF may rule in favor of the USL. That is possible and has been possible since day 1. It is also possible that the TOA are ruled a legitimate league. I would hate to be around you for a few days after that happened because I think everyone in your world would be pretty miserable.

    By the way, did you vote? :)

  16. November 22, 2009

    1. NASL is BAD as far as marketing goes. The league died with disco. RIP. Quit trying to resurrect the dead.
    2. I’m praying the TOA succeeds. Why wouldn’t any soccer fan?
    3. Is there really no hope for the Thunder?
    4. I’d like to see the (former?) Wilmington Hammerheads join the TOA
    5. And finally to “IRV,” … bite me!

  17. Jeff permalink
    November 26, 2009

    Right, NASL died due to non-soccer people getting involved and you are right I would hate to see 60,000 fans in Tampa go to a soccer game (like we had often in the 70′s and early 80′s). More power to these guys. I think it is great and in any other sport it would be welcome. Soccer can not grow in the US when the USSF and FIFA have a monopoly. No innovation and kowtow to foreign interests. Long live the Rowdies and the NASL.

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