As part of our 2014 Skyd Fundraiser celebrating 3 years of Skyd, we wanted to turn the page back to look at all of the great ultimate work our awesome contributors have put together. The Skyd Staff and contributors will be counting down the days of our fund with their favorite pieces.
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12 Days – Giving Them The Boot
Just last February Jeremy Ziskind put the MLU, AUDL, and USAU conundrum in context. Having competing leagues for a sport that was by no means established seemed unprecedented. But Jeremy drew an interesting parallel between Ultimate in 2013 and Soccer in 1967. Though the differences between the two sports and times were substantial, Jeremy’s recommendations turned out to be prescient. The AUDL continues to expand going into the 2014 season, while the MLU has placed higher priority on TV coverage.
Though much has happened since this article was published in February, it is just as relevant today as it was then. The AUDL and MLU will enter 2014 with many of the same questions they faced in 2013. While we try to figure out which one is up and which one is down, no one can say with certainty going into the next season. And a merger along the lines of what the North American Soccer League and National Soccer League did does not seem to be on the horizon. The article ended with a warning that still rings true today.
“Whatever decision elite teams and players make in the coming weeks, they should remember that the final shakeout is a long time coming. Don’t get too comfortable, ultimate fans.”
Feature photo of NexGen’s Jimmy Mickle pulling the disc. (Photo by Kevin Leclaire – UltiPhotos.com)