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Not One European Super League, But Two
By Harry Hotspur -

Martin Lipton for Sun online understands that the European Super League is far from a dead duck. Plans are now underway for a 40 club break away from existing league structures, and a number of additional concessions have also been suggested, which may soften those that don’t have entirely closed minds to the idea.

Instead of the initial proposal of one Super League, there would be two leagues of 20 sides. Free travel for away fans is another concession, along with tickets for the final being offered within the lowest price band. All of which suggests to me that this is very much a broadcast rights-driven project.

With funding estimated to be in the region of some £4.6 billion, and so many sides in economic free-fall, it is time for those reacting to the Super League with disdain to contemplate the future.

It’s the 21st century, and those peddling the line that this is some evil idea clearly would prefer to Spurs play West Brom and Norwich twice a season, as opposed to Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
Is Gascoigne gonna have a crack?
1 month ago

I don’t recommend they start any such nonsense especially after Gates has come to tell Boris the winter plan. Restrictions returning, Euro away days will be out…. bet people are relieved they got jabbed up.

Joke.

Billy Tonsils
Billy Tonsils
1 month ago

WBA away , if you haven’t had the Chicken Tikka, cooked in front of you at The Vines pub in West Bromwich your missing a treat.
Norwich way , the Fish and Chips in the Town centre
just passed Market Square are superb..and the second hand record shops tip top…all doable before a game
I know some old Supadupa global league is coming, but I support Spurs for all kinds of non financial reasons ….
Harry where is the Dog..?

CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago
Reply to  Billy Tonsils

The pie and mash shop outside Dortmund is the best! The ultimate in what cultural capital has to offer. It is horrendous, but if it is a choice of going with it or missing out I go with the former.

archilbald&crooks@large
archilbald&crooks@large
1 month ago

the future of futbol
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CowSpurs
CowSpurs
1 month ago

I can hear Jerry Maguire right now. Those clubs like Leicester, West Ham, Newcastle, Villa and Everton who were crying like babies only a few months ago will be wanting this…..as long as they are in it! This is a monumental change, just like the Industrial revolutions. The Luddites will be left behind as football falls into the American sports model. It might be sacrilege but I can see this happening, it is only a matter of when, not if.

I don’t like it, don’t want it, but what does that mean? Will the fans recommence the revolt? And for what reason, to save football? That died in 1992 for me. Sky, BT and BBC will obviously support the status quo, it is their product and has made them handsome profits selling the Premier League. The media will defend the EPL and lead the hysteria from fans (who won’t be sure what they are fighting for) burning flags because they have the platform to show it. They could show the continued hooliganism that still exists away from football stadia, but they choose not to, as that would damage their brand. Best keep quiet on that hey? The media will need appeasing. That is a stumbling block and Sky et al will want to be involved in the ESL or they’ll kick up a stink. If they are in, they will champion the idea from the rooftops.

Gary Neville has invested in Salford so he wants to support the present model too or he’ll lose out. My heart bleeds! He didn’t give a rat’s back side when Utd were the biggest club in the world, buying their way to the titles he won, largely on a wonky playing field. Voices like his are self serving, nothing more.

I didn’t want Spurs being bought by ENIC, who wants to be owned by an investment company? I wanted to be owned by a power hungry madman or a country who will stop at nothing to win! That isn’t happening anytime soon so from my self serving needs I would rather be in the ESL than not in it. After all, if the status quo remains what are we going to get out of it? We have won 2 League Cups in 22 years. What can we expect competing against the likes of City and Newcastle, Chelsea, Utd and Liverpool? Everton have an owner willing to spend too, so we are second tier at best with little chance of trophy success. Do I want to see Spurs play Real, Ajax, Munich and PSG or Brentford, Palace, Wolves and Norwich?

I would argue the Premier League is the world’s most overhyped league in the world. How many top class, exciting games, in the last 5 years have Spurs been involved in outside of European football? Like the Liverpool v Athletico match last night or the Ch Lg games v City and Ajax that we had? The Prem flatters to deceive for me largely because we gave up competing 2 years before our Ch Lg final. The caveat is playing against Dortmund does not guarantee excitement, but if you have evenly matched teams operating under the same financial constraints then it could work!

The American model is possibly on its way. Spurs won’t need to win another trophy because, as I have stated before the NY Knicks haven’t had to. They are the 3rd richest sport’s club in the world and haven’t won the NBA since 1973! To survive, I can imagine the clubs will have to follow American rules with caps on player wages. Agents will still be able to operate and all will be good, apart from Tottenham not winning anything. No change there then.

eddie
eddie
1 month ago

At least if we play WBA and Norwich twice a season we might get something out of the games.Against the big boys …..nothing.

Besides there is no guarantee we would be in the top division.

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James McKevitt
James McKevitt
1 month ago

Without a cap on wages, transfers and agents fees clubs will still put themselves in financial trouble.

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago

Personally I can’t see that super league is quite the panacea to all the financial issues at the top end of the game it’s made out to be.

All it will mean is the agents and players will continue to get higher and higher wages, and fees. It will probably do the job for a few years, but while more money is made the more money will be sucked out of it and we’re back to square one again.

England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago

Just asking but…If those responsible for setting up this competition hold no position within the football governing bodies, how can they operate, or are they members of Fifa, Uefa who want change to a structure that is basically sound ?

Rkidwes
Rkidwes
1 month ago

I really would us play football against Norwich and West Brom each season. And then earn the right of those prestige games. Also, I understand that football cares about football and nothing else but aren’t we on the brink of climate disaster and supposed to be reducing our carbon footprint…and wont’ this exacerbate it?

East Stand
East Stand
1 month ago
Reply to  Rkidwes

Exactly. Globalisation is at odds with the climate change battle, which is why there’s so much hypocritical c*ap flying about from both governments and corporations.

The only way to halt climate change will be to go multilaterally nuclear for the worlds power, just like Scandinavia has. Everything else is a bit a waste of time we don’t actually have. Burning fossil fuels to produce the massive power needed to manufacture all these supposedly ‘green’ products is just insane.

People need to wake up and these Insulate Britain lunatics should be jailed and not released until they’ve been educated about the actual realities…

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Spurs est_1882
Spurs est_1882
1 month ago

I am really not a fan of the concept, but as you say, its inevitable. I am sure that the PL was treated with equal disdain when set up. Personally, I think losing “relegation” will ruin football.

England Mike
England Mike
1 month ago
Reply to  Spurs est_1882

Where is the incentive to ‘win’ should this format be introduced ?

Rkidwes
Rkidwes
1 month ago
Reply to  Spurs est_1882

Well, I suppose that’s the point of the two divisions. They heard the fans make this complaint last time so now they can say you can get promoted/relegated between the two divisions. It’s bullshit, but to them they’ve ticked that box.

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