Twelve of Europe’s most prominent soccer clubs became founding
members of a breakaway Super League, which would upend how the
world's most popular sport functions both in Europe and throughout the
Quick background: The Super League would be
bankrolled by JPMorgan Chase, including an “initial infrastructure grant” of
€3.5 billion split by the founding members.
20 teams in total, including the 15 permanent founders and 5 other
Begin with two groups of 10, then the top four from each advance to
an ‘Elite 8' style knockout stage
Fundamental change: In America, promotion and
relegation aren’t a factor in any major sporting league. But in Europe,
they’re the entire point
of the season.
Promotion: The top teams in the league move to a higher tier league
Relegation: The bottom teams in the league move to a lower tier
Fans are not happy
The announcement met widespread condemnation across the soccer community,
both from fans and former players.
On Twitter, “Disgraceful,” “RIP Football,” and “Greedy” trended, all
related to the announcement
“I’m a Manchester United fan and have been for 40 years of my life,
but I’m absolutely disgusted. I’m disgusted with Manchester United
and Liverpool most...they’re breaking away into a league that they
can’t be relegated from? It’s an absolute disgrace.” - Gary Neville,
as he became soccer’s hero of
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust said it was "deeply concerned" at
its club's involvement, while Arsenal's Supporters' Trust described it as
"the death of the club as a sporting institution."
FIFA goes nuclear
The Super League is direct competition to the UEFA Champions League, which
in €2.8 billion in revenue during the 2018/2019 season.
FIFA, UEFA’s worldwide governing body, has no interest seeing its European
branch lose billions in revenue. It threatened to ban every team and player
participating in the Super League from both UEFA and FIFA competitions,
Quote: “That’s disgraceful.” - Yankees announcers
after fans tossed
baseballs on the field to protest play in the Bronx. The Yankees are
in sole possession of last place in the AL for the first time since 1998.