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2/7/08 12:13 PM
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grizz632
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This looks like an interesting concept, but I can see alot of opposition for it. Especially since it would count as a regular league fixture. What's everyones take on this? From BBC News: Top clubs consider overseas games The English Premier League is considering the idea of staging some matches around the rest of the world. At a meeting in London on Thursday, all 20 clubs agreed to explore a proposal to extend the season to 39 games. Those 10 extra games would be played at several different venues, with cities bidding for the right to stage them. It is understood the additional fixtures could be determined by a draw but that the top-five teams could be seeded to avoid playing each other. Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore said: "The 'international round' is an exciting and innovative proposal that needs careful consideration before being introduced. "However, this concept recognises the truly global appeal of the Barclays Premier League whilst understanding that the traditions of the English game have always underpinned our success. "We believe that an 'international round' of matches will enhance the strength of the Barclays Premier League as a competition; create extra interest in all 20 Premier League Clubs at home and abroad; and allow increased investment in talent development and acquisition, facilities as well as our football development and community programmes." The Football Association has given its provisional support to the plans. "We understand the reasons for this proposals and the benefits it can bring to English football as a whole," said an FA source. A final decision on the proposals will not be made until January 2009. Should the plans get the go-ahead, the new round of games will take place in January 2011 with points from those extra games counting towards the final league table. It is believed each chosen venue would host two matches over a weekend. Cities in Asia, Middle East and North America are likely to show a strong interest in hosting the extra games. BBC sports editor Mihir Bose says the Premier League's decision to explore such a move is a "logical" one. "The growth of the Premier League has been impressive in the last 15 years thanks to the sale of television rights in this country," he said. "But now the market in the United Kingdom is becoming saturated and it is the overseas market which is now the big target area." The Premier League's income from the sale of overseas TV rights has already increased from £178m in 2001 to £625m for the current deal that runs until 2010. Broadcaster NowTV paid around £100m for the rights to Hong Kong alone. Premier League games are broadcast to over 600m homes in 202 countries worldwide, while an estimated 1bn people watched the Premier League game between Arsenal and Manchester United in November 2007. A number of top-flight clubs already play matches around the world as they seek to capitalise on the huge global interest in the English game. Manchester United are regular visitors to Asia, Middle East and America while other clubs are beginning to follow their lead. "This is a chance for the Premier League to showcase its product around the world," added Bose. "Some fans may feel aggrieved, but their concerns will be outweighed in the eyes of the clubs by the financial advantages. "The clubs will see this as a chance to make more money so they can invest in new facilities and better players." There is also likely to be a big scramble for the right to host the extra games. "It will be like cities bidding for the Olympic Games or the World Cup," explained Bose. The Premier League's proposal mirrors moves in other sports, notably American Football. Miami Dolphins and New York Giants met at Wembley in October, the first competitive NFL game outside the Americas. "The globalisation of sport is both an opportunity and a challenge; one that needs addressing in a responsible way," added Scudamore. "We are a better competition for being a cosmopolitan league and have benefited from our increased international reach. "Nonetheless, it is critical we retain our English character by improving our efforts to produce home-grown talent, deepening our commitment to community engagement and continuing our investment in the grass-roots."
2/7/08 1:07 PM
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Govnor
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Not as big a deal as the NFL games going overseas.

The season is long enough to support 1 game per team like that, easily IMO.
2/7/08 2:17 PM
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BaldTony
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Unless your team gets relegated because they had to play Utd 3 times and the team 1 point above you got to play Derby 3 times.
2/7/08 2:51 PM
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LA and NY will most likely get games but who the fuck wants to play in NY in January
2/8/08 1:54 PM
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I was just thinking that this would be the next step. MLB have started playing fixtures here in Japan because the Major league teams are so popular. Also, as things become increasingly global the Premier league will competition with the other European leagues (actually, I guess it already is). This will be one way to ensure that any potential football related revenue from outside UK continues to flow into the Premiership.
2/9/08 6:03 AM
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Each club makes £5million from playing one game overseas. And yes I'd be pissed if my team involved in a relegation battle had to play an extra game against Man Utd.
2/10/08 8:36 AM
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Shotgun Mick
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What a load of bollocks. The Premier League can fuck off, the money hungry cunts.
2/11/08 12:01 PM
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Toronto would eat that up. The level of craziness for the TFC friendly against Aston Villa was insane. Rumour is that we may get Liverpool for a friendly this year.
2/15/08 12:29 AM
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Sepp Blatter just said something in an interview to the effect of "this will never happen so long as I'm in FIFA." Dick move by the premiership IMO, it buts in on the turf of the domestic leagues of the countries they've moving into. The big european leagues all have this fantasy of being the "global" league, screw that.

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