Deloitte Study Suggests U.S. Soccer Could Benefit from Promotion/Relegation

Whenever the topic of promotion and relegation gets brought up in the American soccer community, a long and heated debate takes place.

The latest addition to the conversation comes from a Deloitte study commissioned by Silva International Investments.

"What we're hoping is that the report and the analysis become part of the debate straight away," Deloitte's head of Sport Business Group Dan Jones said in a phone conversation with Bleacher Report. "And that debate needs to take place on the philosophical and strategic level of is promotion/relegation something that is felt to be desirable for soccer in the United States."

The study states the American soccer pyramid would be able to sustain an open-league system, but it puts no specific timetable on when it should occur.

"We quite deliberately haven't put timelines on this because I don't think it's our place to do so," Jones said. "I think there would definitely be a lot of de...

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