These family tree programs drive business forward. Fans want to see them, not Utah State and Western Kentucky. While they agree – and benefit from it – to continue attending traditional conferences every weekend, they will form their own super league, play against each other throughout the season at home and on the go, and secure national TV slots and the crown of one of their chosen ones Members as champions.

Let the Mid-Majors and Northwesterns have their only shiny moments. They don’t need the blue blood cells. It’s time for something bigger, better and, let’s face it, more profitable.

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Twelve have pledged to form a permanent confederation with the promise of three others. Nobody would face the descent; Profits would be shared. Five more clubs would come and go, although it remains unclear how they would be determined or whether outsiders would accept an invitation.

Of course there is already a competition that brings together the best from Europe that has been entertaining and inspiring for 66 years. It is the UEFA Champions League, which is the largest annual football competition at club level. Only the World Championship and the European Championship, which are held every four years and in which national teams are involved, attract more attention worldwide.

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However, the Champions League is not enough for the football elite. They want to play against each other – over and over again, which tarnishes the charm of the tournament – instead of being bothered by trips to Bruges, Kiev and Salzburg.

The insurgents say it is a question of economy and claim that the coronavirus pandemic has “accelerated the instability of the existing European football economic model”. They say they are “putting the game we love on a sustainable footing for the long-term future”.

It’s mostly about greed. According to the latest Forbes rating of the richest football clubs, Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are each worth more than $ 3 billion. Of course that’s not enough. And beyond the profits, they fear that the economic model of sport will harm them more than others.

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The setback to the Super League plans was quick and gruesome. The main national leagues, together with UEFA, the governing body of the continent, condemned the efforts, saying: “This persistent self-interest of a few has lasted too long. Enough is enough.”

The proposal is to mirror the Champions League schedule from August to May with two groups of 10 teams followed by knockout rounds leading to a final that would dwarf the pinnacle of the Champions League. The breakaway clubs said they would also create a Super League for women, although few have ever put a lot of money or effort into the women’s game. (If budgets are tight, guess what’s going to be cut.)

The actual Champions League would lose its longstanding pop. Underdog stories wouldn’t have the same romantic trance without David and Goliath showdowns. The joy of Ajax or Monaco in making implausible runs into the semi-finals, as they did in 2019 and 2017 respectively, would not be the same.

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Not all heavyweights jump ship. The clubs of the German Bundesliga and the French Ligue 1 have resisted the temptation and left the Super League without commitments from Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain.

Football is so popular and an integral part of European society that heads of state such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron have taken the floor.

In addition to possible legal action, UEFA has announced that it will prohibit players from participating in competitions such as the European Championship and World Cup qualification. FIFA, the international organization of sport, could also ban players from the World Cup and other events.

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Super League organizers promise to go to court to combat deterrents.

UEFA and FIFA may want to reconsider as any punitive action against players would jeopardize the quality of their four-year glasses. It would leave the Italian national team without the core of Juventus talent and Spain without players from Barcelona and Real Madrid – clubs that supplied Spain with 12 of their 23 players on the way to winning their first World Cup in 2010.

The Super League announcement prevented UEFA from unveiling a new Champions League format on Monday, but the owners of the Titanic clubs believe they are bigger than UEFA, bigger than FIFA, and that the courts would have their backs.

FIFA has recognized the economic challenges of modern football, but has also called for a “calm, constructive and balanced dialogue for the good of the game and in a spirit of solidarity”.

Thanks to less reckless people, the solidarity of football is perhaps facing its greatest test.