Okay, so it’s dead. The radical overhaul, which would have guaranteed 72 league clubs outside the Premier League perpetual income, while also giving a big slice of the pie to the “Big Six” at the top of the pyramid (while spoiling everything else in the middle Was given, starting with all the credit left to the competitive top flight balance) – AKA “Project Big Picture” – will not be pursued by the Premier League. He told us so himself.
Guess what else? It was, they say, unanimous.
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This is a bit strange, as there are also two of those 20 clubs – Manchester United and Liverpool – that are running the “Project Picture”. Odds were not the only ones – the “Big Six” have been meeting privately for some time – although if the people of Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City were active supporters, they would not have done their job head over the parapet. .
Nevertheless, the Premier League showed its unity, rejecting the offer, doing a “comprehensive review” of TV rights and income distribution. for now. Because the issues and challenges they face – and, to varying degrees, most European leagues – have not gone away. Read it as an action of laying under a marker and kicking the can down the road.
We’ll get it in a minute, but it’s also worth staying for a minute on the more unpleasant aspects of “Project Big Picture”. Some of it is downwardly horrific. At a time when most English Football League clubs are recovering from the effects of the epidemic, the Premier League was jointly offering to sell its TV rights and share revenue, giving 25% to the lower leagues. Assuming that they get as much from their next TV deal as they do now – which is an optimistic optimist, called the Kingdom of the World – that would be around 25% of £ 3.2bn or £ 800m .
Sweet, isn’t it?
But once you value the EFL’s current deal (around £ 113m), and the fact that there won’t be much parachute payments (around £ 260m for recently extradited clubs) or solidarity payments (approx. £ 100m) and all of a sudden, this more modest £ 325m is enough to keep the clubs afloat, certainly – and the deal would have made £ 250m available directly – but hardly anything they would be worth giving: a guarantee. No more than a feeder on promotion space, EFL stability list, salary cap control and, ultimately, life support for the Premier League, or, the nine longest serving clubs in the top flight – or, even more accurately That, “Big Six.”
But hey, many EFL clubs are desperate and desperate people do desperate things, which may explain why EFL boss Rick Parry supported the plan.
And what about the £ 100m “gift” to the Football Association? (Yes, it was split between the direct fund – £ 55m – and grants for women’s sports and grassroots, but guess what: it all comes out of the same pot.) FA, definitely a ” The golden part is, “” which would have allowed it to veto any such plans. Well, the FA has also hired 124 staff and suffered £ 300m of losses due to coronovirus. If you really are irreplaceable If you were, you could describe the crew of the Sopranos as a gift to a local businessman in exchange for their loyal loyalty.
United and Liverpool said that despite their pet project being knocked back, they were pleased with the result, as many key issues will now be discussed, which have thus far been ignored. It may spin, but they are also correct. For a very long time the Premier League has had its own oddities and inconsistencies, which are clearly too few.
Even the positive aspects of Project Big Picture get lost in this conversation. For example, eliminating parachute payments to retrieve teams simply makes sense. They distort the market in championships and drive up costs. If you have an imposed clause in each contract where wages are cut by a fixed percentage. If you go down, you don’t need them (certainly not in their current form). Still greedy don’t want to share the “Big Six” by bringing up the issue.
The same goes for finishing the League Cup and going into the Premier League with 18 clubs instead of 20. This would free at least half a dozen midweeks so that players could get off the hamster wheel and recover from injury. This will also give coaches time to really teach and work, and because you’re only missing the midweek rounds, you won’t take too many hits because these games are less valuable. Also, it will make the later stages of the season more exciting, because more games will really matter.
Yet if you raise the issue, you will immediately get accusations that some clubs only want to play more European twins and have no respect for tradition, only motivated by greed. (Never mind the fact that the founding documents of the Premier League were designed for 18-club tournaments, and that the League Cup was only intended as a purely money-spinner: a midweek evening. The competition that will help clubs pay for the floodlights that they are doing now is established.)
Salary cap in EFL? At a time when everyone is losing money, this is a natural step that really matters: the clubs protect themselves, but also the right to pay 100 pounds of extra reserves a week. And, in fact, the League 1 and League 2 clubs already recognize this, which is why they voted to bring the cap back in August. But then, if the suggestion comes from a glazer or a henry, it becomes about limiting their ambition and putting younger people down.
On the other hand, looking at the plan he saw, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was – as suggested by both FA President Greg Clarke and British Sports Minister Oliver Dowden – more than a “power grab” nothing. What else do you expect when you covertly bring that baggage and are not prepared to personally defend it?
We can only hope that the wells are not overly toxic from the events of the past week and that the two extremes – those who see the lower leagues as something between a burden and dysfunctional, and those who are the “Big Six” Let’s see “As ignorant, profit-driven vultures – won’t be the ones to determine the conversation. Ultimately, there’s a lot of work to do and a lot of laxity to fix.