Saturday, July 9, 2011

(not-so-surreptitiously whistles while overtly avoiding eye contact)

I'll do my best not to take credit for the idea. I will, however, reserve the "I told you all so" right for when it works wonders. Aaaaaand there will likely be a little dance - something Chris Turk-esque, I'm thinking. Don't believe me? Go ask Barcelona how it's worked out for them while I start rehearsing this dance.

What to expect from all this? Why not start from the beginning...










- Greg Seltzer

10 comments:

SPA2TACU5 said...

Netherlands - Finland 2-1: Maarten Stekelenburg, Gregory van der Wiel, John Heitinga, Vurnon Anita, Nigel de Jong, Wesley Sneijder, Rafael van der Vaart

= 7 were developed by Ajax not 9

Greg Seltzer said...

Good catch. Huntelaar was not an Ajax youth product and Elia, who was, came off the bench.

strago said...

Im getting a boner imagining all the world class stars DC United is going to produce. Hopefully, its us they choose. Honestly, no reason not too. We have the most fertile grounds in the country.

Ole said...

Ajax development being delivered in St Louis for over 5 years Greg - http://www.cbcdutchtouch.com/

Matt said...

Hehe. He said boner.

Jay said...

Dutch Touch? Hope there are no Catholics around.

Darius said...

I guess I wonder what's in it for Ajax? Mindspace? Branding? Those seem like awfully mushy benefits to be exporting your top trade secrets to someone else, admittedly a someone else that's across an ocean.

But, hey, they're free to make such a mistake if they want! Teach us, Ajax, teach us!

Greg Seltzer said...

@ Ole: That's awesome. I did not know that. Of course, it would be CBC to do it.

@ Darius: Yes, as the executive said, they want to get full earning potential from what they have that is the most special.

And the trade secrets part, well, they aren't secrets at all. And as of now, people just get to take and use them for free.

Frankly, this sort of approach is well overdue.

SPA2TACU5 said...

lol @ the beavis and butthead talk. :D

@ greg and Lens was at Ajax. But like you said both Lens and Elia came off the bench.

@ darius They'll try to sign the biggest talents for sure. "Branding" my ass...

Darius said...

@spa2tacu5 They might sign them, but the Netherlands' minimum wage standards makes it prohibitive to sign a non-EU player who's of academy age.

@Seltzer, I just don't see how it'll be worth that much money to them. Will jerseys be sold because of this? Tickets be bought? Televisions be turned on to Eredivisie games? I'm not even sure how I'd watch those games on terrestrial TV in the U.S.

And maybe "trade secrets" is the wrong word, but their near-market-leader status in educating young players indicates they know something almost everyone doesn't.