The Premier League Gives Up On Play-Offs… For Now


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Graham says:

    Even with just 20% of the votes the Champions League Four hold a lot of power. One of the main reasons Game 39 fell apart was because without at least one of these teams being involved in a foreign fixture, the venues wouldn’t be interested.

    At present, the money from their collective international TV deal is shared equally amongst the member clubs (unlike the domestic TV cash). Should The Top Four decide to negotiate their own foreign TV deals, in the way Real Madrid and Barcelona do, it could prove very costly to teams in the bottom half.

    I’m sure Messrs Whelan, Gold and Gartside were made fully aware of this fact yesterday.

  2. Good point Graham – instigating this change may well have led to club’s moving towards securing their own TV rights. All this said, anything that might confer extra importance on the non-achievement of finishing fourth would be unwelcome in my book. Thank goodness for the FA Cup this weekend – a chance for clubs outside the Top 4 to actually win a trophy.

  1. March 5, 2010

    […] The Premier League Gives Up On Play-Offs… For Now “With as near as he can manage to understatement, Richard Scudamore confirmed this afternoon that his idea of play-off matches for the fourth Champions League place will not be taken any further forward – for now. It was something of a surprising decision. Unlike Game 39, this new idea didn’t require a great deal of support from outside of the Premier League. The smaller clubs, it was assumed, would sell their grandmothers for a sliver of a chance of getting into the qualifying rounds of the Champions League and the big clubs – who were obviously keen not to see their hegemony broken up – were against it, but didn’t hold enough of a blocking vote to prevent it from going through.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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