Has the Premier League Lost Its Soul?

by Mystical Mike

Friday, February 8th, 2008

Has the Premier League’s chief executive Richard Scudamore lost the plot? The news that they are considering the idea of staging some matches around the world is completely ludicrous.

All 20 clubs allegedly agreed to the absurd proposal to extend the season to 39 games. What they didn’t say of course was that, in principal all the chairmen agreed, not the players, managers & fans, after all, shouldn’t the real fans have an opinion? They do pay the players wages after all.

It was only last year they were desperately trying to reduce the amount of games. This proposal fully exposes the Premiership fat cats vision of globalization.

Scudamore told the BBC
“Every time there is an evolutionary step, the reaction of the fans is not always great but I would ask them to take a step back and look at the positives.”

Positives? This preposterous plan includes every team playing an extra fixture, which could be determined by a draw with the top-five teams, seeded to avoid playing each other.

Those 10 extra games (one for each club) would be played at several different venues across the world, with cities bidding against each other for the right to stage the matches. So lets say if Sydney wins the bid, the Arsenal squad would be expected to travel to the other side of the world to play Wigan, Reading or any of the other Premierships mediocre teams. This also means that the mediocre teams would be expected to play one of the seeded teams 3 times in a season.

The Coca Cola Cup has become a second rate competition with the big clubs choosing to bed their stars of the future whilst giving the big game players a rest. Can you see Arsene Wenger putting out his strongest team to play Wigan in Australia knowing they have a bigger game the following Saturday?

With fuel consumption and aircraft pollution at an all time high Scudamore’s plan completely ignores the concerns over aviation’s impact on climate change.

One thing is for sure; you can also forget England progressing under Fabio Capello, as our players will have another excuse to add to the list.

Are the Premier League fat cats just cashing in on our, the real fans game, or is it to late? Has this great game that we invented already lost it’s soul?

Is society to blame for our lack of English footballing talent?

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  • Jake

    I think the big four should just pi** off and make up their own league to be honest, they are the ones who will benefit from this stupid plan.

    Could you imagine this happening to Rugby?

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Aslan

    This is just a joke…it’s making the premier league something it’s not….I blame television and the amount of unjustified money plumeted into the premier league!!….this is one of the reasons matches are fixed and to suggest it would be good for the league is complete and utter bullcrap. Jet lagged players playing in a country they haven’t ever played in a competitive match is just unheard of. Fair enough if it were friendlies but this is just taking the biscuit!

  • http://www.ukfootballfinder.co.uk Darren

    Don’t believe the hype, I read this morning that Australia, the US & Japan have said get stuffed. They are working hard enough to promote their own leagues. They don’t want the Premier League taking the spotlight. Good for them I say.

  • tonyp

    not only do i think football as gone money mad cricket, rugby union there not bothered if they win or loose. out on town same night. not many play for pride as do none pay sports people

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