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Premier League will not consider 18 team league

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore will not consider trimming the Premier League down to 18 teams to introduce a winter break.

Many have called for England to introduce a winter break to help players have a rest due to the number of fixtures that are now played annually.

But Scudamore will not consider trimming the Premier League down from 20 teams to 18 to help accommodate.

The boss of the Premier League insists it is the job of UEFA and FIFA to streamline the number of International and European fixtures instead.

'We have to look to our friends at UEFA and FIFA as the culprits.' Scudamore told the Daily Mail.

He added: 'UEFA used to have 13 match days now they want 21. FIFA used to have nine or 10 international dates and now it is averaging 12. Somebody has to give something up.

'If we had 18 teams it would mean going from 380 events to 306 and there is no way we would do that in terms of public interest and fan interest.'

Vital Wolves Comment: It isn't often that I agree with this chap, however on this occasion I will!

In the modern era, the Premier League has cut down from 22 teams to 20, the FA Cup no longer has replays for the final, the Carling Cup has reduced the number of two legged ties it has.

The movement in reducing the number of games has been completely one sided, whilst International football, despite its popularity drifting is expanding, while the somewhat pointless Europa League has an enormous amount of fixtures.

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Writer: Akela Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 6 2011

Time: 2:00PM

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The revenue the Premier League would lose from TV money by cutting the league size is obviously the real reason why he would never consider it. But he does also have a point with the number of fixtures UEFA are imposing on teams who qualify for Europe.
akela
The effect on the revenue is obvious, but I say the real reason is the insistence in all things, not just football, to hold on to tradition, even when reason and logic indicate otherwise. With the British, this runs in the very subconscious, and that is not meant as a note of dsapproval, only one stating a fact. In addition to there being 20 teams in the PL instead of 18 teams, at most, in the top divisions elsewhere, you have a second knock-out competition. For a starter, exclude teams that have qualified for either the CL or Europa Cup from that: for them, it will be just a switch of the source of revenue from the Carling Cup to either. The Italians use all but the last stages of the Coppa Italia as a warm-up before the the season starts. All over Europe, players- and fans, too! - are allowed family breaks at Christmas and Easter. In England you have the Christmas programme instead, matches with a fair risk of being snowed off anyway, then disruption of the league table follows along with fixture congestion for a good two months thereafter. Add to that replays in both Cup competitions and the anomaly of the situation becomes inevitable: round matches of the FA cup and replays from an earlier round and from the Carling Cup played on the same weekend. Retain the oldest Cup competition in the world by all means, but do away with replays altogether: the times can no longer accomodate them. The difficulties of accomodating tradition itself, however, are far greater, for one has then to set about the absurd task of somehow fitting in the impractical with the practical. All tradition originally comes along with practicality, if not out of it: when the laws of the game were set forth, for one instance, it was conceived of as nothing more than just that, so the referee's decision was final. Now football is big business, and it is truly absurd that an official's 'human error' can cost a club millions.
lovesW
Tradition?? If it was about tradition they wouldn't formed the Premier League to begin with, it is and always has been about the money.
Wolf Man
I expected this, Wolf Man, and more will be coming, I am sure. Money is what it is all about; I started off and concluded with that. But why England? It is because there the matter is compounded by the extraordinary number of matches that are played, and the surplus, when compared with other countries, is because of tradition. You mention the formation of the PL as an illustration of a break with tradition. What is in a name. Wolf Man? Call the top English football league Premier League, Division One, Barclays.....whatever. The fact is that overall too many domestic matches are played in England. No wonder that is difficult to fit in the number of UEFA and FIFA match days. Are UEFA and FIFA seriously expected to streamline Europe and the world to fit one country?
lovesW
I didn't use the Premier League as an illustration of a break with tradition, I used the Premier League as an example about why football at the top level is all about money. The name is irrelevant, it was about trousering the money from TV revenue for the elite and screwing the rest. The Premier League is not going to lower the number of games it holds, due to the drop in TV revenue that would bring and that is the beginning and the end of the reason why it won't happen.
Wolf Man
I am nearly as sure as you are that the PL will see no decrease in the number of teams, fortunately for the home of football and for the world, and on the financial aspect and impact a change would bring we are agreed all along: too much money involved - and Wolves would struggle even more to survive, if I may be permitted this narrow perspective as an aside. The weight of the problem lies elsewhere, as I have tried to illustrate and you have chosen to overlook. Scudamore: Uefa and Fifa the culprits. ?? Try to fit that in with my comment, particularly the last half. I was tempted to bring my last question to its logical conclusion - it hangs in the air - but had mercy and refrained.
lovesW
 

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