Major League Soccer will reportedly no longer hold a physical event for its amateur draft, which will likely be replaced by a conference call that will be streamed on the league's official website.
The SuperDraft has been in place every year since the MLS began in 1996, with organisers attempting to generate the same levels of fanfare seen in the NFL and NBA. The event was always held in conjunction with the United States Soccer Coaches annual convention, but there were no plans for a draft in the recently-released schedule.
Sources have told The Athletic that MLS officials are yet to agree on a date, format or presentation for the new version of the SuperDraft, with it still unknown whether the event will continue to be called such.
It is believed the changes have been made for several reasons. One of the foremost is the growing sentiment that clubs do not need to scour through the list of top players at college level.
The MLS has increased funding for academies in recent years, as well as refining their homegrown players programs. There has also been a increasing number of foreign imports, such as former Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Additionally, the alterations will mean less money is spent on the draft, also removing several problems that occur with the live broadcast, including how crowds react to presenters.
There had been suggestions the MLS would follow the lead of Major League Baseball and begin a Winter Meetings ahead of the 2020 season. The event will not go ahead this year, though there remains a chance it could be introduced further down the line.
The loss of the SuperDraft is expected to have a hit on the league's coverage. However, officials will try to mitigate the impact by adding new features to their preseason media day, which often comes within weeks of the draft.