G14 Vision Europe smells of old news
Reading an article in The Guardian newspaper today and had a real sense of déjà vu.
G14,comprising 18 of Europe’s richest football powers, has launched an attempt to kill off the Champions League in its present form and seize ownership of the game’s most prestigious club competition. The G14 group, whose members include Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, has agreed an internal policy document, exclusively obtained by the Guardian, which outlines their intention to guarantee the dominance of their 18 clubs in European football.
It almost sounds like we’re back in 1991 and the Football Association’s Blueprint For Football, which ulitmately led to the formation of the Premier League.
Q.The reasons for the need for a ‘Blueprint For Football’?
A.The clubs wanted greater control over the distribution of the revenues, particularly from television, in order to reduce risks from financial instability.
Q.The reasons for the need for a ‘Vision Europe’ document?
A.The clubs want greater control over the distribution of the revenues, particularly from television, in order to reduce risks from
The G14 clubs are suggesting that it is difficult to make forward plans as revenues can vary from one season to the next depending on whether a club sustains its presence in the Champions League. This is the same clubs who have, in the past, lobbied UEFA for a greater share of revenues from the Champions League. The quote below was written in August 2002:
Europe’s leading football clubs, unhappy about changes to the format of the
Champions League, will today demand a greater share of the television rights money and more control over the way the competition is run.
It seems relatively simple to me, the G14 clubs are simply raising the stakes by wanting a greater share of revenues but they are not willing to accept that the risks are consequently raised should a club not perform on the pitch. So what do they want do? Remove the competition by having a closed league.
There is no better way to ensure fans switch off from football, in fact any sport, than to remove the competitive element from the game.
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