From an AP report, MLS commissioner Don Garber cited cost as the major reason for not implementing technology:

GoalControl said it is likely to cost about $260,000 per stadium to install, and $3,900 per game to operate. Speaking Thursday to the Associated Press Sports Editors, Garber called the price “very, very, very expensive.

“It had us take a step back and pause and try to figure out is the value of having goal-line technology worth investing millions and millions and millions of dollars for the handful of moments where it’s relevant?” Garber said. “And our view has been that we’re going to wait and see how it works out. We certainly don’t need to be the first league that has it.”

He said it was a matter of “prioritizing how we spend our money.”

There is another reason why GLT would be silly in MLS: there’s no real reason for it in a league with strict centralized financial controls and where half the teams make the playoffs, at which point anything goes. There is no major financial cost to missing out on the upper places in the league.

To some degree, MLS has its priorities straight. Football is supposed to be a game, not a high-stakes financial gamble where millions are won or lost on each goal. That’s really stupid, in a way. Exciting for the neutral no doubt, but stupid.

Comments (10)

  1. In that case… AARs anybody?

    • I agree. For the money, AARs are better value. They can help with penalties and cleaning up physical play on corners.

      I think the headline writer is a Major League Douchebag.

  2. You want cheap goal-line tech. Tear up the grass in the net and put sand there. You’ll know when the ball hits it.

  3. Maybe they have a cheaper solution, like letting the fourth official watch a replay of the goals…

    • I’ve heard this a few times, but the only time in recent memory I’ve seen this come up (DC vs NY) the replay wouldn’t have helped. It was inconclusive. The replay cam is almost always at an angle to the goal line, so it tends not to be very clear.

      • Then you change the rules and mandate that a camera must be fixated on each goal line.

        • And when players are blocking the view of the camera/s?

          • NHL gets by just fine using only cameras. No reason soccer can’t either.

          • The NHL’s more of a controlled environment, however. I think you’d have to do a lot of testing to figure it out, and MLS probably doesn’t want to implement that.

            (Also: the NHL’s TV coverage is more widespread, and they have a TON of costly infrastructure in place in Toronto to review replays. Watch 24 / 7 to see that.)

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