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12 Soccer Teams Announce Formation of European Super League
« on: April 19, 2021, 01:14:32 PM »

https://www.espn.com/soccer/uefa-champions-league/story/4364173/man-unitedjuventustottenham-among-team-to-participate-in-super-league

So this sort of seems to be the big story in the sports world. I'm not the biggest soccer fan, or even one at all to be honest, but the way I understand it is that 12 of the biggest teams in Europe who play in their domestic leagues but also play in a Europe-wide Champions league that they have to earn their way into based on merit have decided instead to replace the Champions league with a league they've created themselves where they'll have permanent spots in and only a few spots will be available for teams from smaller leagues to earn a place.

Basically, it looks like the Americanization of European soccer where a handful of teams are "Major League" and earn the most money and the rest are minor leagues. It's lead to all sorts of outrage from Soccer's governing bodies, including threats that the players on these teams(which comprise some of the best players in the world) could be banned from international competitions. That has led to threats of lawsuits from the 12 clubs.

Anyways, it seems like a real mess.
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Re: 12 Soccer Teams Announce Formation of European Super League
« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2021, 08:32:25 AM »
Obviously football (soccer) is my first sporting love. I grew up playing it in the driveway, on the streets, in the school playground.

My dad took me to my first game when I was 6 and that's me. Our team is a really successful team locally, lots of league titles. Historically they had some great results in European competition but the league here is semi-professional so we got left behind a little bit.

A couple of years ago we were one goal away from qualifying for the group stages of the Europa League (the second tier competition behind the Champions League). It was amazing. The utter highs and lows of emotion of that qualification run were just incredible.

And that is what makes football different to American sports. On any given day or year a small team can come from nowhere to achieve something. No matter where you are at any given time in the hierarchy you always have that hope and aspiration. Equally you can find your niche and be happy to play in the second or third division with occasional runs at promotion and that is fine. But there's always hope.

This closed shop just goes against the entire 140 year tradition of the global sport of football. It intrinsically changes the sport. It's pure and utter greed.

I'm a big fan of North American sports as well, clearly. But they're very different. You have the whole draft system and so on. But if a team is bottom of the league there's no peril to it. I like that if a team is bottom of a league in football they have to keep trying to win to try and get out of that and stay in the league they're in.
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« Reply #1 on: April 20, 2021, 08:32:25 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2021, 02:14:27 PM »
The problem I have with it is that different teams within the same competition would operate under completely different rules.

Reports have started to come out that Manchester City and Chelsea are withdrawing.

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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2021, 02:47:36 PM »
And that is what makes football different to American sports. On any given day or year a small team can come from nowhere to achieve something. No matter where you are at any given time in the hierarchy you always have that hope and aspiration. Equally you can find your niche and be happy to play in the second or third division with occasional runs at promotion and that is fine. But there's always hope.

To be fair, I think that's only true of American sports because of the way the so-called "Major Leagues" became monopolies. Before farm systems you'd have independent leagues and so an minor team in Hamilton or a baseball team in Fort Laredo, Texas would be their own entities whose leagues had their own championships that mattered to their fans. Then those teams and leagues were bought up by the major leagues who wanted to convince everyone their leagues were the only ones that mattered and smaller leagues should just feed into bigger ones, their best players being "promoted" no matter what sort of championship situation they were in.

But you're right, there is something about how the European soccer system says there's as much reason to be a fan of Ipswich Town as there is Manchester United. That even if a team like Watford has no real chance of being as good as Chelsea in most years, being a sports fan should be about more than just being obsessed with wins and losses and seeing everything like a balance sheet where players are just assets in service of the jersey they wear.
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2021, 03:12:15 PM »
Reports have started to come out that Manchester City and Chelsea are withdrawing.

Yeah, it looks like it's collapsing a day into the announcement.

That said, I still think this is just the start of trying to Americanize sports over there. I bet we hear of a huge labour issue within a few years as they try to implement some sort of wage cap.
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2021, 03:17:08 PM »
Reports have started to come out that Manchester City and Chelsea are withdrawing.

Yeah, it looks like it's collapsing a day into the announcement.

That said, I still think this is just the start of trying to Americanize sports over there. I bet we hear of a huge labour issue within a few years as they try to implement some sort of wage cap.

Isn't part of what prevents the Americanization of Soccer though is that it is governed by UEFA and FIFA?

One of the hammers that was being thrown around if this super league went through was that any player that played in the non-sanctioned super league was going to be ineligible for World Cup and European Cup contention.
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2021, 03:26:31 PM »
Isn't part of what prevents the Americanization of Soccer though is that it is governed by UEFA and FIFA?

I'm not an expert in these things but I think you're right. Which is why this move, which sought to increase individual team's revenues at the expense of FIFA and UEFA, was met with such fierce opposition.

Given what I know about FIFA and UEFA though, I wouldn't be surprised to see a second attempt succeed so long as they got their slice of the pie. Or, as I said, make American-like changes that don't threaten their Champions League revenues.
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« Reply #7 on: April 20, 2021, 04:45:36 PM »
Isn't part of what prevents the Americanization of Soccer though is that it is governed by UEFA and FIFA?

I'm not an expert in these things but I think you're right. Which is why this move, which sought to increase individual team's revenues at the expense of FIFA and UEFA, was met with such fierce opposition.

Given what I know about FIFA and UEFA though, I wouldn't be surprised to see a second attempt succeed so long as they got their slice of the pie. Or, as I said, make American-like changes that don't threaten their Champions League revenues.

Yeah, but that's what I think the problem is.  I think the thing that is eating in to the individual team profits is the FIFA and UEFA slice.  I mean it's already the most popular sport in the world, and the teams that want to break out are already the most marketable, so I think what they are looking for is more control over their own finances within their own league out from under the shadow of UEFA and FIFA.

Obviously the solution to all soccer's problems is another wealthy governing body.   
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« Reply #8 on: April 20, 2021, 05:46:19 PM »
Yeah, but that's what I think the problem is.  I think the thing that is eating in to the individual team profits is the FIFA and UEFA slice.  I mean it's already the most popular sport in the world, and the teams that want to break out are already the most marketable, so I think what they are looking for is more control over their own finances within their own league out from under the shadow of UEFA and FIFA.

Yeah but because I think nobody is kidding themselves about whether or not UEFA or FIFA are positive organizations, now it'll just be "what sort of crappy ways can we increase revenues or lower costs that they're on board with".

To be honest, I don't even know if these teams care all that much about revenues or costs in the short term. It seems like modern sports ownership is less about running a business well and making money off it than it is drastically changing the economics of the game, making their clubs more valuable and selling them off.
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« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2021, 05:53:28 PM »
It is entirely about finance as everyone pretty much realises. But the blatant greed seems to have been a step too far.

We’re now seeing the presidents of these clubs resigning as well. Massive fall out.



Touching on a couple of the things mentioned. The English premier league rules state a club can only play in a competition sanctioned by the EPL. Any vote needs a 2/3 majority. Which is of course 14/20... playing in an unsanctioned tournament is punishable by expulsion.

And yes, FIFA and UEFA would have the ability to ban players from those clubs from playing in world cups. Pretty much every player came out against it, anyway.

Every Liverpool player tweeted this, for example:

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« Reply #10 on: April 20, 2021, 05:55:17 PM »
Anyone with a subscription to The Athletic, they seem to have quite good well explained coverage.
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« Reply #11 on: April 20, 2021, 06:13:25 PM »

And now Manchester United announces they're pulling out too. Almost inspiring the way fan outrage caused real change.
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« Reply #12 on: April 20, 2021, 06:16:07 PM »
Rumours that Fenway Sports may even consider selling Liverpool as this was what their ownership was all about.

I wonder if these teams might be suspended from European competition for a season next year or if the money will win out...

I’m astonished how quickly it has collapsed.
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« Reply #13 on: April 20, 2021, 06:38:12 PM »
Rumours that Fenway Sports may even consider selling Liverpool as this was what their ownership was all about.

I wonder if these teams might be suspended from European competition for a season next year or if the money will win out...

I’m astonished how quickly it has collapsed.

I saw a report about the Glazers thinking about selling too. United fans have wanted them out for decades.

But who has the money to buy these clubs nowadays?

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« Reply #14 on: April 20, 2021, 06:48:46 PM »
Rumours that Fenway Sports may even consider selling Liverpool as this was what their ownership was all about.

I wonder if these teams might be suspended from European competition for a season next year or if the money will win out...

I’m astonished how quickly it has collapsed.

I saw a report about the Glazers thinking about selling too. United fans have wanted them out for decades.

But who has the money to buy these clubs nowadays?

Well the Saudi Arabia investment fund (total value £2bn +) had a £305m bid for Newcastle accepted. Only for the Premier League to reject it with 6 clubs particularly vociferous about another club possibly usurping them in terms of wealth for some unknown reason...

So that’s kind of the level it’s at. Clubs being indirectly owned by states. Leicester City are owned by a Thailand consortium. Sheffield United another Saudi fund. 
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