EXCLUSIVE: Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore is optimistic that a summer tournament, similar to the bi-annual Barclays Asia Trophy competition, could be held in the United States in the near future.
Scudamore was in New York City on Tuesday for the launch of NBC’s ambitious plans to showcase the Premier League on US television for 2013-2016.
In an exclusive interview with EPL Talk, Scudamore was asked whether an American version of a Barclays Trophy could be a possibility.
“I think certainly in the next few years. Obviously, [Premier League] clubs are used to coming [to the USA] anyway. Some clubs are going to be touring [the States] just after the season ends, and last year four or five clubs were here.
“I can see [a Premier League tournament happening] in the not too distant future. Who knows, maybe in the term of this broadcasting contract, what would be a Barclays America Trophy.”
The Barclays Asia Trophy is a summer tournament held every two years. This summer, the tournament will be held in Hong Kong, while the competition has been held in China, Thailand and Malaysia in previous years. The teams scheduled to play in Hong Kong this July are Manchester City, Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur and South China FC.
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