Looking to continue his domination over the Republican nomination race, businessman and media personality Donald Trump announced he would prioritise the criminalisation of promotion and relegation systems in US sports should he become President of the United States.
Speaking to a crowd of enthusiastic supporters ahead of the Republican caucus in Nevada, Trump lashed out at groups who want promotion and relegation in leagues such as Major League Soccer, calling them ‘insurgents’.
“You wouldn’t fill a Dodge Viper with cheap gas would you? Then why take a sports league and fill it with impurities? The closed market system guarantees the best remain the best, which is what the fans and the sponsors deserve.
“These insurgents want to fill your heads with their No Club Left Behind trash, but this country is better than that!”
Trump outlined his plans for guaranteeing the security of the top sports leagues, including:
- Amending the US Constitution to make the formation of any new club illegal without executive approval
- Forbidding sponsorship of clubs which fail to generate a specific level of revenue per year
- Working towards the dissolution of the minor leagues to allow fans and businesses to focus on top clubs
Spokespeople for several large MLS sponsors spoke positively of the move, with one saying that reducing the opportunities for dilution of closed market systems is key to guaranteeing sponsorship money goes to the right places.
With the Democrats wary of Trump’s real threat if they come up against him in the presidential race, spokespeople for candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders said the Democratic nominees wouldn’t rule out following suit.