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Old 09.11.2017, 12:52 AM
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Originally Posted by European Bob View Post
I would split it out. Top teams play in European leagues. These are closed off. In reality they're mostly closed off already.

Everyone else plays domestically. Make the current Europa league for these teams.

Just treat it like college football - different leagues. I would play Euro league games one day of the weekend and domestic ones the other, so that people can watch both. Another lesson from America. Look at how college football has flourished. It's not a question of "they don't matter". If you want to play that card, do you think Grimsby Town or Mansfield 'matter' in the grand scheme of things now? Or in 5 years' time, 50 years' time. In fact, rejigging things may make them matter more. The current system was designed in an era when football was very different to what we have nowadays. It worked in 1900, but not in 2017.

If football carries on like it is, things will only get more uneven. It is no coincidence that while we used to get teams like Red Star, Marseille, Ajax or Porto winning the European Cup or Champions League, even as recently as the 90s and early 2000s, that is now already unthinkable. Do you know how many Champions League finalists we've had from outside the big 4 leagues since the 2003 Porto win by an up-and-coming Mourinho? Zero. A total monopoly by Spain, Italy, England and Germany. The only team that is going to break that is probably PSG. Who were bought out by billionaires who are throwing their money around.
how in reality are they already closed off?
its not the same teams going up and down every season.

so what happens to CL, just the teams in the super league (given you mention the Europa is staying,) which means that competition will be lacking a tad.

given college football used to be the leader then flourished is an odd useage, also it has its stars playing for free.

a few years ago you could of probably made the same point using Brighton and Huddersfield.
how would it make them matter more? an achievement would be meaningless and no chance to get to the big time.
also given college football is the example overall the same teams tend to be around the top and the weaker ones are happy to get there payday beatings.

so in this system you would be having the likes of Red Star in and they will be winning/ in contention against the super powers or just get to be the Browns forever.

there will always be a gap between the good and the great.

the draft system is even worse, first off removing the rights of players and while it probably would be about the same (depending on the compensation) as now for the sides losing players all choice is gone.
America as this setup the way to go, all the major players/teams are in one country, the college system as history and this is a set way.

also logistically its an impossibility, the FAs, Uefa and clubs all agreeing to this.

a breakaway Super League might happen one day but it would be clubs leaving there leagues and things like the CL behind.
it would probably start off in some mega rich way and once it confirms its place as the main league NFL style, things like a cap might creep in if the owners see it as the money maker it is.

tbh i do think its the mentality of a fan of a bigger side (of course in this instance Spurs would end up out in the cold but maybe at the top of the lame tree,) ones of the smaller ones are happy to fight there way to a place in the Prem.
not every reward needs a shiny cup. it might be a smaller target, things do get ruined by billionaires and some become disillusioned but no one seems sad at the idea of promotion and even in a relegation fight there is a reason to cheer your side to victory.

also a little change is needed, Porto won by being bloody jammy, that was one hell of a run of luck.
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