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HR gives 'globetrotters' thumbs down

Some managers are supporting the premier league with their 'radical plan' for an international round of fixtures but virtually all fans have voiced serious concerns about this - Harry Redknapp is also against this as he being quoted as having explained to TalkSport: 'I don't know why the Premier League want to mess with things.

'This is not ideal, is it? And what happens if you are unlucky enough to get Manchester United or Arsenal - surely that's not fair. But it looks as though the plan is done and dusted.

'Frankly, I'd be very surprised if it stays at one game a season. Eventually you will see two, three or even more going abroad - and I don't like that'.

As Redknapp has said, my very early thoughts were similar - the chances of it 'stopping at just 1 game' are not that great, should the idea be a success, which it will - as money will be made! - then I too fear that more and more fixtures would no doubt be added to this 'special schedule'...

Now, this is where he gets a little, some might say 'contradictory' - and some that are really, really PC might say 'wrong' - with some of his comments though: 'in the end we'll be playing one in England and the rest will be around the world. It will be like Harlem Globetrotters.

'It's all about making money. Why else do these people buy football clubs? The owner used to be the local butcher, baker or candlestick maker.

'Now people are buying clubs and it's all about investment. Don't tell me that's not why all the Yanks are coming over. They want a return on their money'.

As I say some will say 'but Pompey are no different as they have an overseas investor', which we do of course. And in all honesty Sacha Gaydamak is no different, he is a businessman first and foremost and he is here to make a profit on his investment no matter what people might think, this I can deal with...

I guess the simple truth is, as we all know football is 'a business' these days the more that can be exploited and made from the game, the more it will - this is just another way of doing this. I cannot disagree with much of what Redknapp has said to be honest - can anyone?

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Date:Friday February 8 2008

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some have said it could be worth up to 5m a game to each club so you can see why they are considering it personally i thinks it is b*****ks
knocker
Looking around the Vital site earlier and some like it as well as jbaker. I'm with HR.
eastneydave
If they said they would take the fixtures that would have been played in England on that particular weekend, you could almost consider it. Like they did with recent American football game at Wembley. It would just mean the home team sacrificing a home game. But to add an extra game & have seeded teams jsut makes it a joke.
storagematt
They might get up to 5 million for a top game for the 1st year but nothing like that for less attractive games. After the 1st year when all expenses etc are balanced I will be suprised if costs are covered for most games so the price will go up and the number of bidders will go down and it will all die a natural death because it isn't finacially feasible. Clubs touring make money because it is a "one off " event and showcases the club and its star players. The EPL proposal is quite different and will strugle.
frattonaussie
yep, i think ive made my views pretty clear, completely with 'arry...
pompeyrug
It stinks....end of
Chix
Personaly i agree with most of what's been said. Yes it is about making money. But let's stand this on it's head. Who of us would not be temted to buy a ticket if say Real Madrid were to be playing Juventus at Fratton. The biggest worry i would have,is this would not stop at one game if the cash started rolling in. Football is a commodity today and as such any way of squeezing more out of it will be pursued regardless of the true fans who part with their hard earned cash to support their team. Fact of life we are going to have to live with, me thinks..
cornypomp
Cornypomp; as a one off game yes we would all buy a ticket but would you still buy a ticket if there were 18 others games on the same day or the next day and your local game wasn't RM and Juve it was two of the much lower ranked teams. I think most of us would stay at home and watch the best games on telly. It is the cost and revenue from all the games combined that wil kill the idea, if not in the 1st year it will in the 2nd and third years. A lot of these countries they are intending going to can't afford 30 or 40 pounds a ticket so prices in some areas are going to have to be a lot cheaper to get people to go to the games.
frattonaussie
But isn't more about the TV revenues as it is the crowd.. They could rent a crowd to create an atmosphere if need be and still make a killing beaming it around the world....... Just think of all the Man Ure fans who would pay 25 pay per view to watch it that would far outweigh any gate recipets and I haven't even thought about other spin off such as advertising and the like.... Oh and welcome CorneyPomp don't think our paths have crossed before
Chix
Load of old balls, football is supposed to be about supporters, but it is just another step away from the local fans, first they try and price us out, and now they francise us out, Mk Dons can go and play in Asia, but not Pompey please
paultsmouth
the whole idea is fecking s h i t ! Thank Harry for standing up for us supporters or else we'll all get shafted big time!
merlin
Why would any TV station pay more for TV rights for a game played overseas than for a game played in the UK. The only thing that would change is the extra cost of putting on the game and the extra cost for the TV station in setting up the broadcast. Leave the EPL as it is and play round robin tornaments like the Asia Cup for teams who want to play overseas.
frattonaussie
14 Feb 23.00 Sepp Blater kicks the idea into touch - saying it would effect bid for 2018 World Cup.
eastneydave
 

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