TV Series Based On 70’s Era New York Cosmos In Works

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by JAKE NUTTING

A new television show dealing with the Cosmos could be coming down the pipeline in the near future –and this one will have no connection to iconic scientists Carl Sagan or Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Per Deadline, a dramatic retelling of the heyday of the New York Cosmos in the original era of the North Ameircan Soccer League is the subject of a recently announced television project.

The press release states that the focus of the proposed series will be on the meteoric rise of the club through the maneuvering of former owner and Chairman of Warner Communications Steve Ross. Ross’ son Mark Ross is shepherding the show along with former Cosmos captain Werner Roth, who is serving as acting executive producer.

The project is being done with the blessing of the modern era Cosmos organization, according to the release. However, no details were given on how involved the club is or may become.

Interestingly, the description of the show also notes that the downfall of the Cosmos and the NASL also play a role in the story.

London based production company Rohan Media and Primary Wave are listed as producers for the potential TV series. Neither company has a major project under their belt yet, and Primary Wave has worked primarily in the music industry until recently.

A full synopsis from the release:

Set in the chaotic ’70s in a nearly bankrupt New York City of blackouts, riots, the Son of Sam serial killer case and the dawn of Studio 54, the drama centers on the world’s first soccer dream team. Orchestrated by Steve Ross, chairman of Warner Communications, which bought Cosmos in 1971, the team in 1975 signed a three-year deal with Pelé, the greatest player the game had ever known. More big name signings would follow: the German superstar Franz Beckenbauer, the charismatic Italian striker Giorgio Chinaglia and Brazil’s 1970 World Cup winning captain, Carlos Alberto. Overnight, a ragtag team of locals playing on dirt fields in front of a few hundred fans was transformed into a powerhouse of global talent, a Harlem Globetrotters-like road show  breaking attendance records in massive stadiums around the country and the world and culminating in a dramatic quest to win the 1977 championship of the North American Soccer League. After its superstars left, Cosmos’ and NASL’s fortunes rapidly declined.

It’s safe to assume based on that description that the producers have every intention of working every single former Cosmos great they can into the show. Which begs the question: who should be on their short list for casting? Who can pull off a convincing Chinaglia or Beckenbaurer? Should Pele get a walk on cameo akin to the same deal Stan Lee has worked out with Marvel Studios? Sound off below.

  • slowleftarm

    “the world’s first soccer dream team” – this is why people can’t stand Cosmos fans. That bunch of washed up former stars wasn’t a “dream team” in any sense of the word. Maybe 10-15 years before that when all those dudes were in their primes.

    • Fact Checker

      Beckenbauer was just three years removed from winning the World Cup. Please don’t be ignorant your whole life.

      • slowleftarm

        Right – he had retired from Germany and was 42 years old. So I was correct about him and the other guys mentioned in this article. Great players in their day but that day had passed by the time they joined Cosmos.

    • slowlefttroll

      This is why people can’t stand you.

      • William

        So true these guys are miserable.

        • Larry\’s A Simpleton

          miserable? dude the comic relief you f.cosmos fanboys deliver is priceless!

          • John

            the performance of your team is an embarrassment u fat bastard

    • Ty/s

      Slow let the hate flow through you.

      • slowleftarm

        As usual, attacking the messenger because the message about your clown club is undeniably true.

        • The Realist

          I am a Red Bulls Ticket holder & a Metro fan since 1996…and I think you are obsessed with the Cosmos & need help. You should be worried about our own terrible performance this year thus far.

          • slowleftarm

            I am worried about although I also realize that it’s two games. In any event, I don’t believe that you are a RBNY supporter. I believe you are just William posting under a different name.

            • William

              Sicko !!!!! hahaahahaaahahahahhhahahahahahaha total trolle !

  • Larry\’s A Simpleton

    personally i’d like to see a program detailing the cosmos history between 1985 and 2013. for some reason i cant seem to find any information during those lost years.

    • Ty/s

      Bate Borisov went defunct as did The Rangers. They both returned. Salzburg FC B and Man City light fans stop the hate

      • slowleftarm

        To be honest, it’s unlikely Hempstead will ever reach the heights achieved by Bate Borisov. And Rangers still get 50k a game even in the lower leagues. Plus they actually have an impressive history.

        • John

          u play in the middle of nowhere in Harrison to about 5,000 a game hahahahahaahah listen to this clown

          • slowleftarm

            LOL…5k a game. As usual, Hempstead fanboys and reality don’t mix.

            • John

              oh ok 7,500 a real soccer powerhouse redbulls yea like play some defense. Maybe you should have another townhall meeting yea that’s the ticket.

    • What Larry Really Meant

      I laugh at the Cosmos yet, even in the Reboot era, they have a longer history than NYCFC!

      God, I AM SUCH AN IDIOT!

      • Larry\’s A Simpleton

        bbaaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaa moooooooooo

        funny how f.cosmos fanboys react when confronted with reality. so, what was the cosmos record between 1985 and 2013? The only info i can find on google tells me about black out tee shirts and other clothing lines the truly gullible purchased.

        • Larry\’s A Simpleton

          oh yeah. theres also a lot of info how the f.cosmos were sued by a ton of youth leagues through out metro area, becasue stover reneged on promised money.

          baaaaaaaaaa baaaaaaaaaaaaa moooooooooooooo

          • John

            Are you sure about that ? you better be careful with some of your claims guy

    • John

      we are still looking for your brain but there has never been a trace of anything resembling a brain inside your effin skull.

  • Nesta

    Exciting time in the history of the sport in the US. Short lived unfortunately
    A team I was lucky enough to watch on TV and in person. Legendary players from all over including the first US born pro players.
    I would love for MLS to bring the sport to more people than it does, but it’s not happening. Nasacar blows mls away in ratings.
    Neilson ratings for MLS are very poor.
    This league has stumbled for 20 years.
    Saddens me that Garber and Co just dont get it. Very disrespectful of our sport.

    • slowleftarm

      So twenty years ago there was no pro soccer league in this country. Now we have a 20 team (and growing) league with average per game attendance higher than the NBA and NHL (I am not saying MLS is more popular than those leagues) playing mostly in beautiful SSS, bringing in $90m a year in TV revenue. That’s not bad considering they were starting from scratch. It’s a whole lot better than the old NASL did, that’s for sure.

      • Charles

        For one nba arenas hold up to 16-18k max so that’s not a good reason and 2 it’s taken 20 years to get to that point which is sad

        • slowleftarm

          20 years to get from nothing whatsoever to what MLS is now? I’d say that’s you have pretty unrealistic expectations if you think that’s bad. Maybe you’re too young to remember what it was like to be a soccer fan in the US 20 years ago.

          • John

            the development of the MLS has been very poor.

            • slowleftarm

              Based on what? How easy do you think it is to grow a soccer league here?

              • John

                based on fan interest television ratings which are very very poor and revenue generated. Please do your homework. What do you work for Garber ?

                • slowleftarm

                  Interesting – you know how many people were watching pro club soccer in 1996 – zero. Because there wasn’t any league. They paid networks to show games the first few seasons. Now they get $90m a year from tv. Ratings need to go higher but people also need some realistic expectations, perspective and patients.

                  • slowleftarm

                    William – how many names are you going to post under?

                    • John

                      ahahahaa I think you are in love with this guy William – odd guy but hey whatever.

                    • William

                      Why do u keep mentioning my name ? I have not been on this site very much at all damn *******. I have no interest in other teams besides the Cosmos. Dumb fuckface !

                  • EPL fan

                    Or “patience,” you illiterate Yankee moron.

                    • John

                      lololololol he is an angry trolle.

                    • slowleftarm

                      Good catch – you caught me on that typo. The rest of your posts under various names are typical garbage though.

                    • William

                      U are a piece of garbage

                    • slowleftarm

                      LOL…identical angry vitriol from 3 “different” posters. William, please get a life son!

                    • William

                      I do obviously you don’t you are a first class piece of garbage with the mind of a child. what a pathetic human being you are. Take a bow LOSER.