There are 14 teams meeting this weekend to discuss NPSL Pro: New York Cosmos, Miami FC, Jacksonville Armada, Chattanooga FC, Detroit City, New Orleans Jesters, Milwaukee Torrent, Boston City, Hartford City, FC Arizona, ASC San Diego, Virginia Beach, Miami United, & Asheville City.
NISA is seeking sanctioning as a D3 league with 8 to 10 teams. I don't know who all those teams are, but from what little I've heard, it sounds like it could be an even split between west coast and east coast, and likely 8 teams to start.
Now, lets consider this. NPSL Pro is attempting to start as a new league, with only 2 teams on the west coast. The remaining 12 are east coast/south.
If NPSL Pro and NISA can come together and start one new league, it would launch with 22 teams total. Lets say 6 on the west coast and 16 on the east coast/south. I've heard of a couple of groups looking at this situation waiting to decide which way to go. 2 in the mid west, 1 on the west coast, plus a couple of other NPSL teams.
This means within a couple of years this merged league could have anywhere from 25 to 27 teams based on existing ownership groups. That's a lot of teams!
How much better would this one league be than two? Wouldn't this make the stated desired of both leagues, promotion and relegation, so much easier if you launch this way?
Come on NPSL Pro and NISA. Figure it out. Find a way to work together. Do something great that could change the face of US Soccer forever!