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Glazers likely to push for European league

Posted by hakanrylander on August 19, 2009

At the press conference ahead of Arsenal’s CL-qualifier against Celtic Arsene Wenger predicted that a European league will be formed within ten years. I believe he’s probably right, and that the United board would be happy to see such a development.

The main reason is that the commercial possibilities are too tempting to resist, as a European league is likely to significantly increase the revenues of the leading clubs. These clubs today make quite a lot of money from the Champions League (about £40m to the winners), but this would be dwarfed by the potential income, particularly media rights, from a European league. The most likely participants from England are the big four; United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal. Maybe City could spend themselves into this group.

Officially United are satisfied with the present situation. This is a wise stance in order not to create unnecessary conflicts with UEFA and the Premier League. But in reality the Glazers are most likely working behind the scenes to create such a league sooner rather than later. Again the simple reason is financial. All clubs would like to make more money, but the debt situation puts United under more pressure than most to increase revenues. And a European league would fit perfectly into the “development of club media rights” that is one of the Glazers key strategies.

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2 Responses to “Glazers likely to push for European league”

  1. The Gaffer said

    I’m not too keen on the idea to be honest. Just like the 39th game, it seems like another poor idea.

    I wrote an article on this, so check it out!

  2. hakanrylander said

    Cheers, Gaffer! I’m undecided as to my feelings about a European league. It’s tempting to play regularly against the top teams on the continent, on the other hand I love the PL.
    I do think, however, that commercial logic will drive development in this direction.

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