Scrapping Premiership relegation may invalidate TV contracts
05 May 2020 07:59 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 5th May, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
The aftermath of last Fridays meeting
As reported yesterday, it has been confirmed that the Premier League's elite are pushing for the season to be concluded with matches being played at neutral venues and for the bottom three clubs to be relegated once the season has been concluded. This comes in light of last Fridays meeting when clubs situated near the foot of the table were trying to hold the Premier League to ransom.
Clubs including Brighton and West Ham voiced their concerns about having to conclude their fixtures at neutral venues as they felt they would be at a disadvantage. The only way they would agree to the proposal is if the threat of relegation was taken away. However, the top six are sticking by their guns, and have overwhelming support from the majority of the Premier League, but do they have enough? They need 14 votes (out of 20) to carry the motion with June 12th being proposed to restart the 2019/20 campaign.
Towards the end, the meeting erupted into chaos with both sides firing insults to and fro. It was also revealed that certain parties within the top six were accusing their counterparts of using their medical staff to stoke fear among players about the health risks of returning to action.
Scrapping relegation would invalidate TV contracts
Martin Ziegler claims that football broadcasters fiercely oppose scrapping relegation saying to do so would breach their contract. The Chief Sports writer for the Times was quoted as saying...
Senior figures in the broadcasting industry have also told The Times that moves to scrap relegation — as at least one top-flight club is proposing — would risk making the TV contracts invalid as it would turn many of the remaining games into little more than meaningless friendlies.
However, an unnamed club from the top flight in favour of scrapping relation for the 19/20 season claims 8 out 20 clubs are against neutral grounds, with only 7 votes needed to block it!
Leaving games early
Do you wait until the final whistle before you leave the football ground, even though by leaving five minutes earlier, it could save you a further hour in congestion?
Have you ever left early, and missed a Leeds Utd comeback?
Has anybody berated you or someone else for leaving early?
If they have paid for their ticket, they can leave when they want, or does this make them any less of a fan?