Super League fallout
Ah, the Super League. It all feels a bit like a bad dream that lasted 48 hours, but the ramifications are being felt weeks later.
All six Premier League clubs pulled out of the chaotic idea just two days after announcing their intention to join it, following widespread backlash that saw any potential sponsors and broadcasters quickly distance themselves from the idea. However, the fallout continues to engulf the Premier League, whilst Juventus are at risk of being removed from the Serie A if they do not officially abandon the idea.
Open letter and petition:
In the latest attempt to ensure that the fiasco never happens again, top ex-footballers including Gary Lineker, Jamie Carragher, Gary Neville, Micah Richards, and Rio Ferdinand have penned an open letter calling for an independent regulatory body “to block any Premier League clubs attempting to abandon the country’s football pyramid”.
The letter warns of a possible repeat, saying that “without swift and direct intervention, the return of a European Super League will be a constant threat”, whilst it sets the end of 2021 as a deadline for action.
20,000 signatures already in the first hour.
— Spencer (@SpencerOwen) May 17, 2021
The accompanying petition, available here, has gained over 31,000 signatures at the time of writing, a quarter of the way to the 100,000 signatures needed for the UK government to debate the issue in Parliament.
The independent regulator would oversee the main issues of the Premier League, such as revenue distribution, ticket pricing and ownership suitability. At present, there is some ownership regulation, which saw Newcastle’s proposed takeover collapse earlier in the season.
However, according to The Athletic, the proposed regulatory body would aim to have stricter regulations, “to introduce tighter regulation, protecting clubs from unsuitable owners, mismanagement and bad practices”.
Of course, there is some irony in key media figures asking for a more inclusive and affordable game, given that currently fans of Premier League clubs require three different subscriptions just to watch their side play every week and the Premier League attempted to introduce a £15 pay-per-view system earlier in the season.
However, all progress towards inclusivity is good progress, and an independent regulatory body would be a welcome improvement on the power big clubs currently wield.
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This article was edited by Tom Canton.
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