Happy New Year: Turnkey Poll & USL/NASL Status

With the New Year looming, here are a couple of quick hits to take you through the holiday and the weekend.

Turnkey Sports published a poll that questioned 1,100 senior sports executives from professional and collegiate sports about an array of year end questions.  Some interesting soccer notes:

1. 6.76% of the polled execs believe that MLS will show the biggest revenue jump in 2010, putting the league ahead of the NHL and NASCAR but behind five other leagues including UFC and the NFL.

2. The US Men’s run to the Confederation Cup finals was the fourth biggest “surprise” of 2009 behind Watson’s run at the open, Woods’ loss at the PGA and the Arizona Cardinals run to the Super Bowl.

3. In a vote on the most memorable championship of 2009, MLS Cup 2009 did not finish in the top 8.

In other news, USSF has denied both USL and NASL the opportunity to be the Division II of American professional soccer.  As a result, the groups will either have to work together or get creative to form a second division in time for the 2010 season.  As I’ve lamented in the past, we haven’t covered the USL/NASL dispute in great detail, but check out the outstanding coverage on MajorLeagueSoccerTalk or Inside Minnesota Soccer who have been tracking the story from the beginning.  For a legal analysis of the USL initiated lawsuit, check out our interview with the American Soccer Show.