Teams: M.Haifa, Israeli NT
How many "Big" teams do you think Israel can support?
Outside of Haifa, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, I think it would be difficult for any other city to support a Big franchise (maybe Beer Sheba or Peta Tikva). I mean that gives you at most 6-8 "major" franchises. To get a Mark Cuban type investor, they are not going to want to invest in a potential franchise with minimal upside. I do not think it is about making money as much as it is the pride of having a big following with both European and domestic success.
Netanya is the perfect example. Jammer bought the club, hired Lothar Matthaus as coach, and they still had trouble generating fan support and results (if u call losing to a Bulgarian side in the Uefa Cup qualification a result then....)
In order to have a big time investor invest in an Israeli franchise, the investor needs to see a big time opportunity, and currently in the IPL, there only exists 4, Maccabi Haifa, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv and Beitar Jerusalem. I do not think any of those are currently for sale (2 have long time owner, 2 were just newly purchased).
As far as signing better foreigners, I think for the players it is 50% money 50 % European opportunity. So based on the current crop of owners, that leads to young africans, south americans and veteran eastern block euros and Americans (espeically jewish ones) Teams can take a flyer on 1-3 young kids (ala Ransford Osei) and sign 2-4 veteran types who would be fringe starters in top european leagues.
I think with better scouting, top teams can have at least 2-3 quality foreigners. I think that placing some of the money earned from european cup payouts should be spent on improved foreigners. It seems to me that the top teams should have 3-5 foreigners with $1MM+ values on their books.
Aside, I think Maccabi haifa has at most 1 or 2 (Masilela and Dvalishvilli) imagine if instead of Teixera, Culma and Dutra they had foreigners the quality of Douglas da silva, Igor Tomasic and Derek Boateng. I just think the team could do better than an above average player from a mediocre team.