The dual owners of the Red Sox and the Liverpool Football Club are among the owners of rich European soccer teams that last night announced a new league that has millions of fans across the continent screaming for their heads.
The clubs announced a new "super league," more akin to American pro sports leagues, where there's never a chance a minor-league team can do so well it makes it to the majors, which then "relegates" a team down to the minors. Imagine if the Sox were made a AAA team, or whatever they call them now, after last year's dismal performance (or imagine if the Sox, the Yankees and the Dodgers announced a new league that excluded teams like Cleveland and St. Louis).
Europeans love this system, it seems. Dave Prentice, sports editor of the Liverpool Echo, tears into Henry and Werner today:
It has been five years since John W. Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon put their names to a statement, claiming they were "troubled" by the perception that they "don’t care about our supporters, that we are greedy, and that we are attempting to extract personal profits at the club’s expense."
I hope they slept well last night.
I didn't. Nor did the hundreds of thousands of supporters they claim to represent as news broke of their involvement in a radical reshape of the entire structure of European football. ...
Henry, Werner and Gordon appear to have ripped up almost 70 years of European tradition and history without a single word of explanation why.
The Guardian explains the new system.
Shame on LFC.