Change it is ( always ) a comin’
I was heartened last week that at least one fellow is standing up for a bit of sense to the games power brokers.
This article explains how the influential Juve chairman would run the players into the ground with far too many games or season, or force bigger squads on the top tier clubs to cope with demand.
I have never heard of the European Leagues group or this Olsson chap either but he is correct in his assertion that the next generation of fans dont need predictability they need feelings of unpredictability and spontaneity which the current big boys say no to.
They want their cake and to eat it .
At least we can see a bit how the landscape is going to fall according to reports.
A new revamped Champions league is to begin 2024 with the plans finalized two years earlier for TV rights bidding.
The UEFA cup will become reduced to 32 teams then also.
A third Euro competition begins also with the next tier clubs.
UEFA is doing a mini renovation and sticking up the rent basically. They are counting on the refurb bringing curious punters ( rights bidders ) in for a butchers.
Those wee sticks and websites already get you a front row seat though so it will be curious to see if they can put together a commercial success.
They are unlikely to put together a sporting success with plans like the above , the same old same old only more group games for the best squad to have a better chance to rise.
The monied teams stand a better chance to escape the groups .
Leads us all to the big five sharing it fullstop.
Now Olsson has got the players welfare in mind yes, but he doesnt have the answers. Note he is only saying what’s wrong with their plan. His three and one qualifying vision for the big 5 leagues used to be the way , but yet under that things weren’t radically different.
You might get one shock in five but usually the bigger teams win those qualifiers so going back ain’t exactly moving forward.
However as much as he doesnt have the answers needed to fix the game, I’ve yet to hear any universally satisfactory solution to the status quo.
With all thousands and thousands of people involved in the professional game can someone not come up with the perfect plan to fix the beautiful game?
The answer is clearly no.
This often mooted Superleague might well see names that wouldnt otherwise pick up silverware but wouldnt it feel a bit odd seeing Aberdeen crowned as champions of the land while it’s biggest club play elsewhere.
Champions of all clubs in this land who entered the competition is a fairer way of looking at it.
Would their fans care? Would we care if they won it in our absence? Can they be called top dogs or just biggest dogs here ?
It throws up a lot of questions taking the biggest out of each league.
It doesnt feel like the ultimate solution to all woe’s even if many would find the concept interesting.
An even spread of TV money hasnt helped,,,just leads to the bigger stadium clubs having an advantage. Considering everyone started out at the bottom then if some get their act together enough to become giants they have every right to a bigger stadium and more fans than most and to say otherwise is wrong.
Trying to curtail clubs that have naturally climbed to the top of the pile is very risky business.
Handing over a chunk of European money to the rest of the league to help improve itself?
Very similar to the above and then look at ourselves should that happen. Handing money over to clubs that hate the sight of you and wish you to go away altogether? Cheats and bigots benefit from our hard work?
So while most admit the Euro money does skew the league in favor of the recipient, no one can see an alternative to this that sits well all around.
I’ll admit I’m stumped and I know there’s many a smart man any woman out there in Timdom , but none of them has put together a feasible option that could be rallied behind.
The bigger clubs can rightly say we all started the same and we earned it as you could have.
The smaller clubs can rightly state all the prizes going to a select group isn’t good for the sport.
And the needle returns to the start of the song and we all sing along like before.
One thing is for sure though,, the more input and voices that are listened to in any reforms the better.
Some smart cookie may well just have the key.
Fancy dazzling us with your eloquence? Nail your colors to the mast ? Blow up on the beautiful game?
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