Football League to breakaway from Premier League?
It’s a question I think needs considering.
Recent press reports talk of the Football League asking the Premier League for a greater distribution of its wealth following record income from the sale of TV rights. The last round of rights to be negotiated (for overseas rights) was valued at £625m, bringing the total income from the sale of media rights for the Premier League to £2.1bn.
I think the Football League would gain more credibilty amongst fans if it broke ties with the PL completely. The value of the Championship would increase dramatically, from both a media value perspective and amongst supporters, and subsequently permeate throughout the FL tier. The Championship is an exciting league in itself and is very much increasingly seen as ‘the real championship’ (nothing to do with the current sponors!).
I would still allow the transfer of players from the FL to the Premier League but perhaps share the revenue from transfers above the value of £500,000 amongst all teams within the FL.
I will have more to write on this in the future including further proposals to strengthen the case, the more I think about it the more I’m convinced it is the right move for the Football League.
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