New York Cosmos Are On The Market (40 Years Later)By: Dave Martinez | May 5th, 2009
Adam Spangler at “This Is American Soccer” scored a revealing interview with past and present owner of the New York Cosmos name, franchise and trademark, Mr. Peppe Pinton. The colorful owner was as outspoken and flamboyant as ever, touting the Cosmos name, his role in bringing the team to prominence and his insistence on protecting and maintaining the good image and reputation of the team in tact.
What made this particular interview all the more revealing is the fact that Pinton has finally come to terms with the Major League Soccer model, and is ready to embrace the organization he shunned and verbally baited for years. For those who aren’t aware, Pinton has always held a bit of a grudge with MLS for presenting the league as the “anti-NASL,” featuring salary caps, only a handful of teams at inception, and a single entity ownership structure. The discrediting of the NASL business model, and MLS inability to say a good thing about the league rubbed Peppe the wrong way. Pinton claims that the Metrostars were hot for the Cosmos name, but he didn’t even entertain the offer because of it.
Now, with the growth of the league, and beautiful stadiums being built all over the country, Pinton sees the opportunity for an ownership group (like the Wilpons) to shoot an offer his way, and capitalize on the “media hype” by resurrecting the New York Cosmos. Not for money mind you, but for the good of the game.
He does make convincing arguments about the importance of local rivalries, the global power of the Cosmos name and the immediate media attention it would bring. But the much maligned owners words have been taken with a grain of salt for years. It would be interesting to see if anything new surfaces because of this.
Head on over to the above link and take a read. Meanwhile, I have to ask; how would you feel about sharing a stadium with the “New New York Cosmos?” Think it will do more for a true at home rivalry? Have the “Borough Boys” found another New York team to attach themselves with? Or do you think this is all just Peppe spewing hot wind once more? Feel free to discuss below.