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EPL Regular Season Going Global

beckhamandposh

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The 20 Premier League clubs have unanimously agreed to further examine a radical plan that would see each team playing an extra match a season abroad.


Under the proposal, matches between two Premier League sides could be staged in the world's largest cities in the Far East, Australia and the USA.

A new round of 10 competitive fixtures would be played across the world over one weekend in January, beginning in the 2010/11 season.


39 games



The idea would be to cash in on existing interest in the Premier League around the world, and the extra money generated from TV would be split equally among the 20 clubs.

The details of how the system would work have yet to be finalised but it would mean each club playing 39 games, with a draw to pick out each side's overseas match.

There would be a sporting criteria, such as league position, to decide which clubs play each other.

And under the proposal, points earned in the overseas game would count towards the final league position.


Innovative



Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "The 'international round' is an exciting and innovative proposal that needs careful consideration before being introduced.

"However, this concept recognises the truly global appeal of the Barclays Premier League whilst understanding that the traditions of the English game have always underpinned our success.

"We believe that an 'international round' of matches will enhance the strength of the Barclays Premier League as a competition; create extra interest in all 20 Premier League clubs at home and abroad; and allow increased investment in talent development and acquisition, facilities as well as our football development and community programmes."

Scudamore added: "The globalisation of sport is both an opportunity and a challenge; one that needs addressing in a responsible way.

"We are a better competition for being a cosmopolitan league and have benefited from our increased international reach.

"Nonetheless, it is critical we retain our English character by improving our efforts to produce home-grown talent, deepening our commitment to community engagement and continuing our investment in the grass-roots."
 

johnnybluenose

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Wow. I hope he has fancy pants to match those fancy plans.

"Nonetheless, it is critical we retain our English character by improving our efforts to produce home-grown talent, deepening our commitment to community engagement and continuing our investment in the grass-roots."

You don't say!? ;) Is that why the level falls a drop or two once the African Nations Cup starts?:D

Can anyone say money money money..............................MONEY

as if they need more FFS...The last place team will receive 20 million pounds this year in SKY money on their way to the Championship.
 

beckhamandposh

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at least prices will probably be at least more reasonable than the proposed Buffalo/Toronto Bills. 20,000 argo season ticket holders get the chance to buy $250 tickets for the next 5 years. Now that's big bucks.

Most of us will probably drive down the I-5 if one of the big 5 teams play at qwest. Then hit cowgirls inc afterwards. That makes for a great weekend.
 

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