Todd Boehle and all-star reviews fit the worst stereotypes of American owners

Todd Boley was talking about the Premier League All-Star game between North and South but as always, no one was asked if he wanted it.

Fresh from spending a little over £200m in the summer transfer window and stripping his assets at Brighton and Hove Albion, it doesn’t look like Todd Boehle will be holding steady anytime soon. He was the public face of the group that took ownership of Chelsea Speaking at the SALT Thought Leaders Conference in New YorkAnd his comments about the “North vs South All-Star” match certainly raised eyebrows in this country.

“Ultimately, I hope the Premier League will take a few lessons from American sports,” he told other diverse thought leaders, “and really starts to figure out, why don’t we do a championship with the last four sports teams, why not have an All-Star Game?” People are talking about more money for the pyramid, in this year’s MLB All-Star Game we made $200 million from Mondays and Tuesdays. So we believe we can do a north-south match in the Premier League, whatever the pyramid needs quite easily.”

Well, well, first things first, let’s be absolutely clear that there is no way on earth that such a match in this country could bring in close to $200 million (about £175 million, at current exchange rates), even if countries could Or cities must be persuaded to bid against each other for the “honour” of hosting such a match.

How much would potential hosts and broadcasters be willing to pay for this essentially meaningless game? How much will they set ticket prices for those who wish to attend? To raise nearly £175m, the answer to these two questions is likely to be ‘a lot’.

Such is the congestion of matches at European clubs and international football that it is hard to imagine such a match being more important than just raising the curtain before the season in a way – and perfectly reasonable to substitute – for the Community Shield, although many might do so. The bristle had this variant to be transported abroad.

This is football on a border that has no context, and it seems hard to believe that such a match would be taken seriously in any way here.

All-Star Games are well established in the USA, a country with a very different geography and market for sporting events. But Buhli’s suggestion seems almost oblivious to the nature of sporting competition in this country. There was no indication that fans in this country had any great interest in such a match.

Soccer Aid really exists at the intersection where football and light entertainment intersect, and this match has its place as a fundraising vehicle and an opportunity for fans to try something a little different.

It is the suggestion that this could pay “for what the pyramid needs quite easily” that is most surprising, since such comments cannot be taken outside the context of the game’s political intrigue. No one knows exactly what will happen with the independent football regulator now that the Conservative Party has carried out another leadership coup, but pressure was already building for a softening of proposals from the Premier League, and for a proposal that would fund the ‘pyramid’ from the generosity of Premier League clubs. Excellent looks like an attempt to turn “shared” income into something they can dictate.

And of course, how many clubs would enthusiastically throw themselves into the logistics of such a match if they weren’t enriching themselves? Let’s briefly suppose Todd Boley is right, that a Premier League match between north and south could raise £175m a year for the pyramid. This is a huge amount of money.

How long does Boehly think Premier League club owners will allow in revenue from what will, if close to £175m, be the most lucrative singles match on their entire calendar sent to the Premier League for the game’s grassroots?

We are, after all, talking about a body expressly created to stop TV money from being shared with lower orders. big picture project It was of the same ideological mould, as the European Premier League. Fans with 30 years of experience with the 1992 land grab will need plenty of convincing that this isn’t just another example of the same thinking.

Moreover, what other European leagues – which already tend to view the Premier League as a European league that have already arrived – from another high-profile Premier League game, are likely to be played abroad?

There is a perception in this country that Americans are somehow unable to understand the nuances of football, that they care little about the culture and traditions of the world game and may have no regrets about shredding it to suit their viewing habits. This is highly unfair, but imagine that Buhli’s statement won’t do much to change it.

It should be noted that American sports have advantages that we can learn from in this country, not the least of which is the increased competitive balance. Revenue sharing is greater there, there are salary limits, and first-year player drafts prefer less successful teams. But these changes do not appear to have been mentioned by the likes of Buhli upon their arrival at these shores.

It occurs in American sports because they closed the leagues without promotion or relegation. And when American owners start talking about “a few lessons from American sports,” it becomes hard to believe that the ultimate intention wouldn’t be to create that here either. And while the mantra of capitalism requires unlimited growth, professional football has already reached a point where it feels as though everything it can do with slimming down a bit.

Early reaction from within the game was dismissive. Asked about such a match after Liverpool beat Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night, Jurgen Klopp said He didn’t even bother to hide what he really believed in everything. “Forget about the big sports in America, they have four breaks. Does he want to bring in the Harlem Globetrotters too?” his reply was, and other Premier League players would probably think along the same lines.

At the very least, arguably, Todd Boehle is putting out ideas there, and this may be better than the usual calm of other American club owners in this country, especially when we consider that these same owners were behind Project Big Picture and rushed to join the European Premier League when it was introduced. The Community Shield looks drab and could do with a breath of fresh air, and we all know the rest of the football pyramid below the Premier League can do with money.

The simple fact remains that the faltering economy of the last 30 years has failed the smaller clubs by concentrating too much power and too many resources in too few clubs, and there is a need for an independent regulator in this country because so many decisions made within the game have resulted in To exacerbate inequalities to the point where matches are often no longer competitive.

But there doesn’t seem to be a huge appetite for the All-Star game among fans, the schedule is already packed to bursting point, and it’s hard to imagine it’s going to make anything like the amount of money that Todd Boehle seems to have in mind. may be. A game in the Premier League will fix few problems and may cause headaches of its own, and should be left on the shelf of well-intentioned but ill-considered ideas.