Rupert Murdoch Plans Summer Tournament for Soccer’s Top Clubs: Nightly Soccer Report

A billionaire is planning an international tournament to be played in the summer featuring 16 of the world’s best teams competing around the planet. Sound familiar? No it isn’t the Qatari Dream Football League, which was later revealed to be a hoax. This time it’s billionaire Rupert Murdoch, owner of FOX Sports, Sky Sports and parent company News Corp International who wants to create an annual competition that would rock the soccer world.

According to a report in The GuardianMurdoch is planning an annual soccer tournament featuring 16 teams, where Manchester United and Chelsea would be invited while the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona could participate too.

The competition could launch as early as 2015, and reports are that FOX has been talking to different cities in regards to hosting the exhibition style tournament games. Los Angeles is mentioned as one of the cities as well as Shanghai.

The Guardian piece also mentions that “The thinking may also be influenced by the fact that Fox has lost the rights to live Premier League football in the US to NBC for the next three seasons. In what is expected to be a watershed moment for the appeal of football in the US, NBC will show every match live including 20 on its main network.”

This summer, a scaled down version of Murdoch’s concept is being played in Spain and the United States. The International Champions Cup features Chelsea, Everton, Juventus, AC Milan, Real Madrid and several other clubs.

What’s your opinion about the alleged plans by FOX Sports and Rupert Murdoch? Can these soccer tournaments fill the void that FOX will experience after losing the Premier League? Is the plan that Murdoch is plotting a wise one, or not? Share your opinions in the comments section below.

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