Soccer’s continued rise in America took a different path last week when Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced his investment in the Pro Futsal League (PFL).
That’s not the only interesting part, though.
On Monday, the Dallas Morning News revealed that PFL will consist of 16 franchises and will additionally feature various NBA owners and many prestigious world soccer clubs. Along with Dallas, where the league was founded by Cuban, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle/Vancouver, Boston, Chicago and Miami have all been named franchises.
Joining Cuban will be NBA owners Mikhail Prokhorov (Brooklyn Nets) and the Buss family (Los Angeles Lakers), while La Liga sides FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, as well as Argentina’s Boca Juniors and Brazilian club Corinthians have also committed to either full or partial franchise stakes in PFL.
According to the report, New York will feature two teams, one owned by Prokhorov and the other operated by Barcelona.
Despite the league not officially beginning play until 2017, the Pro Futsal League is reportedly being planned to serve as the world’s biggest futsal market, with the biggest names in the game being brought to the United States and receiving the sport’s biggest salaries.
Futsal is a modified version of soccer, and is played on an indoor surface with five players on each team.
What do you think of Cuban’s idea? Can futsal take off in the U.S.? Which city are you most excited about hosting a PFL franchise?
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