Imagine The Cowboys, Bears, Rams, Giants, Vikings and Patriots leaving the NFL to form their own “Super” football league.
The equivalent of that is happening right now in Europe, as 12 elite English, Spanish and Italian soccer clubs split from their leagues in dramatic fashion to form a “Super League.”
The UEFA-run Champions League is one of the leagues that will be impacted by the defection, and they have warned the teams the they could face legal action and other consequences for the move.
Why is it happening? Well, the Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal teams have American ownership groups, and they are trying to bring a closed league model to Europe, similar to what is done in the U.S.
Real Madrid is another one of the 12 teams planning on defecting, and their team president said they are looking to form this new league as soon as possible, and will play midweek games just like the Champions League and Europa League.
They eventually want a total of 20 teams in this league. The television rights revenue for a new super league would be astronomical, and that is one of the primary reasons for the defection. Leaders of the dirty dozen bolting their current league say they would providing the world’s four billion soccer fans what they want be doing this. Bigger and better competition.
The move caused such a raucous in Europe that leaders of countries were sounding off on it. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his thoughts on it.
“Plans for a European Super League would be very damaging for football and we support football authorities in taking action. They would strike at the heart of the domestic game, and will concern fans across the country. The clubs involved must answer to their fans and the wider footballing community before taking any further steps.”