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Why The Premier League Needs To Think Big Globally

premier-league-logo.pngMembers of the 20 Premier League clubs will convene in Leicester today and tomorrow for their annual meeting. At the top of the agenda will be a topic that could have a profound impact on the future of the game — determining the league’s global expansion plans.

According to The Press Association, a watered down version of the 39th Game concept will be considered which proposes a number of key friendlies between Premier League clubs around the world each preseason. Possible sites mentioned are South Africa, United States, Asia and Middle East.

If the Premier League does decide to embark on such a concept, I believe the clubs are making a big mistake by compromising so much that the league is left with a friendly tournament that is basically a warmed up version of its current Barclays Asia Trophy competition.

When the world is their oyster, why be so conservative? Why not shoot for the stars and develop an original idea that will excite Premier League fans worldwide? Think big.

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  1. Chris Walker

    June 5, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    As a UK based football fan and having watched my team play in the premier league two years ago i want to offer my view. I respectfully disagree with the author of this article.

    English football, is bigger, richer and stronger than it has ever been before. There are numerous factors to be taken into accounts the most important being the simply HUGE injections of television money into the game. This money has given premier league clubs the necessary means to lure the big foreign imports to the premier league and compete with the top divisions in Italy and Spain.

    However this has played a part in young British talent to come through the ranks at the top clubs as they see it as taking a risk.

    Naturally i can see why fans outside the UK would like to see competitive games played in their countries but the English fans who already pay simply astonishingly high ticket prices not only see this as a kick in the teeth but see this as a demise in the games integrity.

    The simple facts are that the league is strong enough to make huge profits without playing ‘bonus games’ across the world., the fans in the UK are already outraged this is being considered.

    For instance a bonus game played in New York is Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion, but elsewhere Arsenal’s bonus game was Liverpool. That would probably have a detrimental effect on one teams title chance, this could also be said for teams in the relegation battle.

    The only way i can see this being possible is that knockout cup games are played abroad and the clubs would only have to oblige if they volunteer.

  2. betsy's bolton bum baster

    June 5, 2008 at 8:15 am

    this will just lead to more pressure for the big clubs in europe to create an elite league….if that happens then you can pretty much guarantee a global round or two during their season.

  3. Kartik

    June 5, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Now that I have visited England and spoken to fans of the Three Lions I realize that the PL has some trouble at home with many fans and thus needs to project itself more aggressively as an international super league which it certainly has the potential of being. Not only has the PL arguably eclipsed the Spanish league but based on both performances against the US, England right now has twice the national team of Spain. Then again Spain is usually an under performer, anyhow.

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