More articles Sports fans will get a chance to see a sports union on the field of play in 2020.
That’s according to the American Sports Facilities Council, which has unveiled a bid to establish a federation to help manage the growth of sports in the United States.
“Sports are growing at a phenomenal rate, and the demand for more professional sports is not growing as quickly as we would like,” AFSCC Executive Director Steve Hogg told The Washington Times.
“We think it’s time to get back to the days of the big league, where everyone had a home and everyone was part of the team.”
More than 5,000 people signed up for the AFSC’s online application process last year.
Hogg said the federation will work to create a governing body that will have the power to negotiate contracts for professional sports teams.
The federation will also oversee the registration of teams in the U.K., Mexico, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany and France.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to start bringing our sports closer together and bring together the big leagues and all the other major sports leagues, not just the smaller leagues,” Hogg added.
Hogg said he is not interested in forming a union to represent the NFL, the NBA, NHL, NHLPA or MLB.
“The best way to make sure we have an equitable and sustainable future is to have a unified federation,” he said.
The American Association of State Parks (AASP), a group of roughly 3,000 national parks and recreation facilities that includes state parks, says that the current sports federation “has the potential to serve as the most equitable way to represent all the sports and events that we share.”
The AASP’s president and CEO, Bruce Meeks, said the AASPs goal is to create “a global federation of sports federations that can effectively manage sports in a global context, and be accountable to the best interests of the sports community.”
Meeks said the group’s board would be composed of sports leaders, representatives from sports organizations, sports officials, sports media, public interest groups and others who would be responsible for “all aspects of sports governance.”
“We are in the process of forming the ATSP for 2020, and we will work together with our elected leaders to create the ultimate sports federation that we envision to be an international organization with a global presence,” Meeks said.
“And we are committed to supporting and advocating for sports that can benefit the entire world, regardless of nationality, region or sports fan base.”
HGG said that a “new world order” is needed for sports to grow in a way that is fair, sustainable and equitable.
“Our sport, football, is not a national sport, and yet our game is the world’s most popular and is seen by nearly one billion people every year,” HGG said.
“This is the time to take action.
It is time to change the way we manage the sports business of the United State.
We have seen athletes go to prison, athletes get cut, athletes lose their jobs, sports teams go bankrupt, players leave and players go overseas. “
In the past three years, we have seen the sport business collapse from a global position to one of the least profitable in the world.
We have seen athletes go to prison, athletes get cut, athletes lose their jobs, sports teams go bankrupt, players leave and players go overseas.
It’s time for us to stop playing politics, politics in sports is killing sports.”
For sports organizations that are still struggling to make ends meet, Hogg suggested the AOSA and the AFA should form a partnership to address the challenges of the sport industry.
“For every NFL team that makes it to the playoffs, there are about 20 to 25 smaller teams that are competing for a similar amount of money, and they’re all struggling to get by.
They are going to need a big umbrella organization to help them navigate the challenges that they face,” he added.
“There are more sports leagues in the country than in any other country in the history of the world.”