posted by gooner71 at
2/12/2008 07:24:00 PM
Cheers Steve, i just signed up - i am appalled by this plan.The only way it can work is if its a 38th game but then some teams have more away games than others so really it doesnt work. A 39th is a joke, a travesty. Money firmly before sport and its terrible. That would be the day football died. If people stop attending games in England then all the foreigners in the world attending games one week wont compensate. Plus seriously... who'd pay to see Wigan V Brum? i couldnt even watch them when i am in England - let alone Washington DC.
By Simon Burke, at 8:14 PM
What I cannot fathom is that they keep rattling on about what a success the NFL's games abroad have been.Really? That swamp-fest at Wembley was one of the reasons that England didn't qualify in this summer's tournament-not the only reason, mind.And don't they realize that we have weekly access now to the top teams in the Prem and that any attempt to send over Brum, or Derby, or Wigan is not going to do it? They will need to consistently send the top teams with the most visible players, and nothing less.It's not like they sent the Titans and the Bengals to Wembley after all. It's just a blatant money-grab.
By gooner71, at 8:24 PM
Oh relax. Of course it won't happen with the Premier League. What will probably happen is they make some compromises and play a whole round of the FA cup abroad or the league cup final abroad. They surely knew the 39th game idea wouldn't fly for the reasons you mentioned but they will use that as a starting point for negotiation.For better or worse, the league makes a lot of money out of its fans abroad. Every now and again they might deserve a little better than the awful pre-season tours where nobody cares and you get some crap MLS team beating Chelsea. Not that I think the Premier League are doing it for that reason of course.Anyone else hat ethe term "The Prem"? Ugh.
By TheBusbyBoy, at 10:50 PM
I dont know, i think they just got rumbled by a media leak before they could get a lot of these conversations in place. I dont think it can work though I dont see Fifa offering a challenge if they get their 'cut'.I am not averse to them sending the League Cup overseas but i bet even that would be met with stiff opposition, if you are Boro and make the final against United - the Boro fans and indeed the UNited fans wont want to see tickets going to Asia.I think they need to be satisfied with what they have and just bleed the television rights.
By Simon Burke, at 10:50 AM
Simon, you're dead right. They expected to be able to hand us a fait accompli and were just too ham-fisted to pull it off. Busby, you actually prefer "the Premiership?" From it's inception, I've thought the title a bit overblown. I frequently catch myself saying the "top" division in England to describe the prem.
By gooner71, at 7:48 AM
Yes, I prefer the Premiership since that is its name.Do you call the Championship the Cham?
By TheBusbyBoy, at 2:15 AM
I can't abide the name of "the Championship." I try not to refer to it at all. Perhaps the Sham if I'm pressed.
By gooner71, at 7:05 PM
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