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Do Away with Relegation and Promotion?

Do Away with Relegation and Promotion?

I stumbled across several articles yesterday discussing Bolton chairman Phil Gartside`s proposal to re-organize the Premier League.

For those of you who are unaware, one component of the proposal entails expanding the EPL to 36 teams in two tiers (Premier League I and Premier League II), with a more even distribution of revenue to all teams and either reducing the number of spots, or eliminating altogether, relegation from tier II.

There are other elements of the plan, including rules on foreign ownership and a salary cap for players, but the most controversial component is the possible "closed shop" approach to the Premier League structure. This component is designed to address the disparity in revenue between the Big Four clubs and the rest of the league, the huge gap in revenue between Premier League and Championship, and to eliminate the financial hardship and sometimes disastrous downward spiral relegation from the Premier League can cause (e.g. Charlton and Southampton).

Critics point out any number of reasons why this plan wouldn`t work. Big clubs would surely protect their revenue streams and vote against the proposal. It would damage the ability of English clubs to compete in Europe. Should it pass, how would the 36 clubs be chosen? If based on league and table position at a given point and time, would that mean that a formerly prominent club like Leeds not be included simply because they`ve temporarily fallen outside the Championship? There`s also talk of including Celtic and Rangers in tier II. How would the SPL feel about that? How many clubs outside the chosen 36 would simply close up shop?

The goal of this proposal is noble, but its application seems impossible. Still, I`m not convinced that something like this is not in the future of English football, as money, not competition, has become the driving force. To be fair, as much as it would be disadvantageous for larger clubs, there would be a clear advantage for smaller clubs to vote for the proposal.

If the "closed shop" scenario came to pass, it would completely change the structure of the English game, which brings me to my question. If Fulham were guaranteed a spot in the 36 club hierarchy, would you be willing to live without the drama and excitement of relegation and promotion?

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Writer:Samboney
Date:Tuesday April 21 2009
Time: 4:54PM

Comments

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IF we were in the top 36, I would be happy! But surely it is just harsh on the lower clubs! They stand no chance!
KBFulham
21/04/2009 17:11:00
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IF we were in the top 36, I would be happy! But surely it is just harsh on the lower clubs! They stand no chance!
KBFulham
21/04/2009 17:11:00
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when i first started supporting fulham we were in division 3 on the brink of relegation to conference, but then Mo came along and saved us from the brink boosting us 3 promotions in 4 years. As much as i would like there to be no fear of relegation, its a major part of the game and adds to atmosphere and excitement. If there was no promotion then it would also not allow other teams to mirror our remarkable rise to top flight football which i think all clubs deserve a chance to do so
FFC Daz
21/04/2009 18:06:00
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when i first started supporting fulham we were in division 3 on the brink of relegation to conference, but then Mo came along and saved us from the brink boosting us 3 promotions in 4 years. As much as i would like there to be no fear of relegation, its a major part of the game and adds to atmosphere and excitement. If there was no promotion then it would also not allow other teams to mirror our remarkable rise to top flight football which i think all clubs deserve a chance to do so
FFC Daz
21/04/2009 18:06:00
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Anyone reckon Bolton need this set up quick before they start to slide?
FulhamJules
21/04/2009 18:10:00
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Anyone reckon Bolton need this set up quick before they start to slide?
FulhamJules
21/04/2009 18:10:00
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coming from a nation where top flight sports does not have relegation and promotion, i'll say that it can work. but in the english football system, there is a lot more drama and excitement because of the fact that there is relegation and promotion. also, in the states, there are sports teams that the owners use mainlt as a means to make money, with absolutely no motivation to do well. with relegation at stake, that is a lot harder to do in english football.
woodysweats
21/04/2009 18:21:00
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coming from a nation where top flight sports does not have relegation and promotion, i'll say that it can work. but in the english football system, there is a lot more drama and excitement because of the fact that there is relegation and promotion. also, in the states, there are sports teams that the owners use mainlt as a means to make money, with absolutely no motivation to do well. with relegation at stake, that is a lot harder to do in english football.
woodysweats
21/04/2009 18:21:00
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I think this is a horrible idea. Besides the top 7 or 8 clubs, teams will have nothing to play for. What's the point? All the passion that characterizes games between the bottom teams would vanish, which would make them boring and unwatchable.
gunnerkid107
21/04/2009 18:46:00
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I think this is a horrible idea. Besides the top 7 or 8 clubs, teams will have nothing to play for. What's the point? All the passion that characterizes games between the bottom teams would vanish, which would make them boring and unwatchable.
gunnerkid107
21/04/2009 18:46:00
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