One of the more pointless exercises I’ll see college football pundits and fans go through is pondering how great it would be for the sport to adopt one of English soccer’s great traditions: relegation. Never mind that it’s an apples and oranges comparison, if there ever was one — for one thing, you’re matching professional leagues with paid players and college leagues with student-athletes, and, for another, your comparing standalone soccer programs with football programs that are part of a larger athletic department — it’s speculation that some people find hard to resist.
Which is one reason I find the news that the biggest European teams in the sport are planning on putting together their own show, the Super League, with a new wrinkle: no relegation, just twelve to fifteen permanent members and a few fillers to add in from season to season. Why are they doing this? You only get one guess.
Is this about money?
Yes. According to their own estimates, each founding member stands to gain around $400 million merely to establish “a secure financial foundation,” four times more than Bayern Munich earned for winning the Champions League last season.
But that is just the start, really: The clubs believe that selling the broadcast rights for the Super League, as well as the commercial income, will be worth billions. And it will all go to them, rather than being redistributed to smaller clubs and lesser leagues through European soccer’s governing body, UEFA. At the same time, the value of domestic leagues and their clubs will diminish drastically as they are effectively rendered also-rans every year.
You’d think the lesson would be obvious here, but, quite the contrary, it’s just juicing a whole ‘nother type of speculation.
LOL. So much for the excitement of relegation.
You want a CFB Super League? Sure. All you need to do is take the top 20 or so teams on this list and add Notre Dame and Southern Cal (they’re both private schools) to them, and voilà! College football, supersized.
Some people didn’t get enough shiny toys when they were little.