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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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  1. Dorian Speed

    June 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Was the picture of Rupert taken at a Trekkie convention?


    Horrible idea for the summer tournament. Give the boys a rest. Let ’em go stare at women on a far away beach somewhere for a few days. Club and country – regular schedules – already a ton of football. We all need a summer break. Feeds the addiction perfectly.

  2. sucka99

    June 17, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    It’ll be a second rate tournament. Plus you can’t fill the EPL-sized void with a 2-3 week summer tournament.

  3. Marc L

    June 15, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Like Guy said, how many days in a calendar year? I know these footballers are handsomely paid, obviously, but do they get to have ANY time off EVER?

    Especially with your bigger clubs, where just about everyone is an international (periodically flying off to this or that place during int’l breaks) and where the clubs themselves can approach 70 games played (i.e. Chelsea this year.)

    That obviously is going to take a toll. On the players, on the clubs, even on the quality of play in all competitions. Thumbs down to this idea. Plus Murdock is a filthy tw*t anyway.

    • Guy

      June 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

      I’d say your last sentence is the most telling. 😉

  4. Mufc77

    June 15, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Depends on if its going to be played as a end of season competition or as a pre season competition. If it was a post season tournament I wouldn’t be for it as players already play enough games 9 mo this of the year.

    If it was played as pre season competition well that’s not really much different that what already happens. The only problem I see is why would the big teams want to give up there own lucrative pre season tours where they make big money for themselves. Winning your national leagues is still the bread and butter for all the big teams and I doubt any of them will want to risk injury to players in a pointless pre/post season competition. Sure you can get injured in a pre season game but the chances of getting hurt in a competitive game are even higher.

  5. Richard Kujay

    June 15, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Fox is scrambling to find something to fill the airwaves now that the EPL has been determined (by fox) to be a second tier league. They need to find something to fill fox soccer plus and a venue to shove gus down our throats some more.

    More reruns of being Liverpool just ain’t selling is it, Rupert?

  6. Guy

    June 15, 2013 at 7:35 am

    There are only so many days in a calendar year. For something like this to be added on top of everything else, on an international scale, would almost require…..well, it’s pretty obvious, isn’t it.

    I think BVR’s points are right on the mark. Interesting times. FIFA……Football Is Falling Apart.

  7. Bishopville Red

    June 15, 2013 at 7:16 am

    This des sound a lot like the Dream League hoax. That said, i think the reason why that hoax conned people is because we all half-expect Football to go this direction before too long.

    If 16-20 major clubs decided to chase the money at the risk of FIFA sanctions, we’re at the stage where the money available could make it worth it for clubs and players alike.

    The schism is inevitable unless FIFA is organized and strong enough to maintain power. In other words, the schism is inevitable.


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