European football has been rocked by the news that 12 of Europe's biggest clubs have announced their intention to break away from the established football order and form a Super League. European football began on Sunday, with rumours swirling after it was revealed that the 12 Premier League, Champions League and Europa League clubs had formed a new league, the European Super League (ESL).
They have announced their intention to create a new competition called the Super League, with 12 clubs from Europe's top flight, the Premier League and the Champions League.
Super League clubs are proposing that, for the first time in the history of football, participation in the sport's top competition should be based not on sporting achievements but on status and money. The proposed league would change the way football works in Europe and make it harder for less wealthy teams to survive alongside the top money-makers.
UEFA's aim should be to give football its current twin peaks, namely national leagues and the Champions League. Instead of anchoring the permanent members and protecting them from relegation, the Super League would reject the standard theme of "European promotion and relegation." Instead of simply being relegated to the Championship, the Champions League would be the pinnacle.
I believe that UEFA, an organisation that has been working for almost 70 years to advance the interests of European football, has not solved the problems that the football community is currently facing, but is driven by self-interest.
Attempts to improve football governance are increasingly being undermined, revenues are lacking and this leaves us vulnerable to match-fixing. With financial pressures mounting and the temptation to fix the game growing, there is no more urgent need than now to address the governance and inequality issues in European football that lie at the root of the fixation. Changes in football funding, particularly in the elite leagues, are urgently needed to stem and remedy a tide that is undermining the interests of those on the increasingly forgotten fringes of European football.
For home fans who prefer to watch their own domestic football on television and watch it on TV, the opportunity to learn more about the history, history and future of the game is hard to find.
Baseball, of course, is not short of nostalgia, but the quirky infrastructure that will be in competition next year still exists for weekday games and has become one of the most popular sports in the United States, if not the largest. In Europe, where Super League matches are more likely to be played on Sunday afternoons and weekends, television ratings are much higher, while the Premier League is still popular on weekdays, with Saturday matches on the east coast starting in the morning.
The Bucs won the Super Bowl in 2003, dipped again and then returned to the pinnacle of the NFL in February when Tom Brady helped them win the championship, but they have since dipped and won again. It is easy to imagine the vagaries of European football as a team like Feyenoord, who have won a European Cup in the past and beaten AFC Stegosaurus in a final. Leicester were on the brink of relegation and are now fifth, so it's easier to worrying about the hazards of European football than teams like this.
Arsenal finished ninth in the Premier League table last season and also missed out on the less lucrative Europa League. Fourteen years on, they have gone from a global power to Newcastle United and are now seventh in Europe.
The American franchise system (i.e. most teams) in the US has increased, the European Super League has decided to leave out the underdogs, and will thus be reluctant to ever create the best moments and best players of all time, which the fans really want. As a Packers fan, I couldn't be more disappointed that I didn't fit into the Packers mold and, in fact, I can't help thinking that the idea of the Super League was developed by the same people responsible for creating the Premier League and the Champions League. The Europeans may be right to resist further stratification of our sport, but the masterminds behind Super League are not wrong to believe they have a chance of getting more done. First of all, I was drawn to European football because of its rich history of success, not because of its lack of competition.
It is rare for a club like RB Leipzig, whose club is a pariah in German football culture and which has rejected the Super League as anti-competitive, to find a club like RB Leipzig. Kroenke has decided to relocate the entire league and move Arsenal to make it more profitable. Amazon has denied any involvement in talks with ESL but has promised to continue streaming the Premier League and the Champions League, two of the world's most popular sports.