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Why does the North American Football League (MLS) have no form of relegation (Part 1)

As more and more stars flock to the American football league, such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney or Bastian Schweinsteiger. Along with the growth of American football in general, audience interest in this tournament has also increased, even among football fans.

The biggest difference between the North American football tournament and the rest of the world is that there is no promotion and relegation, which means that a team, even if it loses all season, will continue to participate next year. In addition, the best team in the rankings is not the championship team, but the championship is only determined after a series of elimination between the best teams in each region. The following article will show why, as well as interesting in this arrangement.

The first is how the tournament works (according to the 2017 season, since 2018 and 2019 the tournament is expanding, the format is not uniform). 22 teams will be divided into 2 domains (conference). For a club, they will play 2 or 3 matches against a team from the same region (23 matches total), and 1 match against a team from another region (11 games total). After 34 matches, each region selects the top 6 teams to enter the knockout series. Teams from the same region will compete on their own, until there are 2 remaining teams from the two regions competing to choose the champion. This means that the top team after a series of 34 games is unlikely to be the winner that season. And of course, the bottom teams will not be relegated or eliminated from the tournament.

One explanation for the organization above is that the North American football league is new, so there are few investors, so it is necessary to bring the teams to the top league in order to attract capital. And since there are many teams, it is difficult to have a circle match, so it is necessary to have a series of qualifiers. However, this explanation is correct but there is a lack of reason because the Japanese football tournament became professional at the same time as North America (Japan was 1992 and North America was 1994), but now it has maintained relegation between 3 classes. In addition, the North American league system also has the second and third division, only that there is no relegation between classes.

Forbes reveals the best money-making athletes on the planet

According to Forbes magazine of America, the captain of the Portuguese team, Cristiano Ronaldo is the highest income athlete in the world. 

The Real Madrid superstar is the first footballer to hold No. 1 on the planet’s highest paid 100 athletes annual rankings, with $88 million in the past 12 months – $6.6 million more than Enemies on the Barcelona side, Lionel Messi, the player is in second place.

There are 5 UK athletes in the top 100. F1 driver, Lewis Hamilton ranked 11th with 46 million USD, followed by Rory McIlroy at 17th place with 42.6 million USD, Gareth Bale in 25th place with 35.9 million, Wayne Rooney in 49th place with 26.1 million USD and Andy Murray in 74th place with 23 million USD.

Statistics from Forbes show that this is the first time since 2000 that a player besides golfer Tiger Woods or former boxer Floyd Mayweather has been leading the income rankings. In fact, Woods fell to 12th place, with earnings of just $45 million confirmed over the past 12 months.

Mayweather is at number 16, one position above McIlroy, new athletes earning $7.6 million in bonuses, bringing the income to $35 million.

Only two female athletes in the top 100 are the number 1 American tennis player, Serena Williams ($28.9 million) in 40th and Russian tennis queen Maria Sharapova ($21.9 million) at number 88.

FedEx Cup champion Jordan Speith ($52.8 million) is the fastest advancer of the year, jumping from 85th to 9th. American golfer, 23 year old player next July. He is also the youngest player on the list, younger than Barcelona striker Neymar.

There are 10 different sports and representatives from 23 countries make it into the top 100 best money-making athletes on the planet, where the US (65) is dominated by high incomes in sports such as baseball, rugby and American football.

Forbes figures include all salaries and bonuses from June 1, 2015 through June 1, 2016, with estimated confirmed earnings from sponsorship deals and advertising deals.

Top 20 highest income athletes in the world

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), football, earns $88.0 million

2. Lionel Messi (Argentina), football, income 81.4 million

3. LeBron James (USA), basketball, earning 77.2 million USD

4. Roger Federer (Switzerland), tennis, income 67.8 million USD

5. Kevin Durant (USA), basketball, income 56.2 million USD

6. Novak Djokovic (Serbia), tennis, income 55.8 million USD

7. Cam Newton (USA), American football (rugby) 53.1 million USD

8. Phil Mickelson (USA), golf, income 52.9 million USD

9. Jordan Spieth (USA), golf, earns 52.8 million USD

10. Kobe Bryant (USA), basketball, earning 50.0 million USD

11. Lewis Hamilton (UK), F1 racing, earns $46.0 million

12. Tiger Woods (USA), golf, income 45.3 million USD

13. Eli Manning (USA), American football, income 45.0 million USD

14. Joe Flacco (USA), American football, income 44.5 million USD

15. Tom Brady (USA), American football, income 44.1 million USD

16. Floyd Mayweather (USA), boxing, income 44.0 million

17. Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland), golf, earning 42.6 million USD

18. Russell Wilson (USA), American football, income 41.8 million

19. Sebastian Vettel (Germany), F1 racing, earning 41.0 million USD

20. Philip Rivers (USA), American football, income 38.0 million.