It’s been going that way tbh. France have been doing their super cup abroad for a few years and RFEF changed the Supercopa from a two legged H/A tie to a one off neutral game in a foreign country this year.
Hope it’s a massive failure though but the worry is they try and force a Clásico away from the Spanish fans.
These decisions boil down to whether Man Utd, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and Spurs want something to happen. They definitely will. Strong opposition from supporters will only be indulged for so long.
Post by Foluwashola Ameobi on Aug 16, 2018 16:45:25 GMT
I don’t hate it. I know some of you are happy for the NFL to do this so why such a backlash now?
Would make far more sense to just play the Community Shield outside of England though, you’d always get 2 marquee teams pretty much, and it’s better than a friendly and more and more people are touting it as an actual trophy.
I’m happy for the NFL to do it but if they didn’t, I wouldn’t be arsed.
Massive difference being we haven’t got an established American football league over here and the sport isn’t that popular as it is. Bringing a few games over here a year is a chance for people to see a sport that isn’t widely available at a professional level, given it’s a one nation league.
Football, on the other hand, is already massive in the states, China, Morocco, Japan, anywhere they could think of playing a game a season so it’s literally nothing more than a money exercise for the Premier League. With it coming out the other day that over half of the league’s clubs could turn a profit without selling a single ticket as well, knowing that that won’t lower ticket prices, it’s just another scheme to take football away from the fans who actually live within the city.
It’s not like the NFL either, where the Jaguars probably have a larger following in London than they do in Florida, because there’s no benefit in putting Cardiff vs Southampton on in a random marquee game in the US because no one would go, so it’d have to be a game featuring United, who already sell their ground out pretty much every week. The only top 6 team that would see any benefit from losing a home game once a year is City because of their attendances.
I’ve never been in favour of the extra game, or as it seems to be going now, 18+1 home game, system. It just doesn’t sit right to me as I struggle enough to get to games as it is with demand and pricing.
Post by Alè Piatek Alè, pum pum pum on Aug 16, 2018 19:17:47 GMT
NFL was about growing the game globally though, the Premier League has already done that.
I can't see people queueing up to buy tickets for Southampton vs Burnley at the Rose Bowl, but Liverpool vs United in a pre-season friendly can sell over 100k so it's clearly not an issue that the games that these markets do get aren't competitive fixtures.
Massive difference between supporting your NFL team if they come over, compared to losing your team and potentially disrupting a season for a market that doesn't need to be tapped though. I don't think anyone has a qualm with the American fans that follow the EPL and would love it.
and FWIW I don't even agree with the NFL intl series tbh, I'd much rather watch Oakland in Oakland on TV or save up and fly out there for the experience.