Super duper

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.

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.

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6 responses to “Super duper

  1. miltondawg

    Relegation in CFB would never work though I too have heard people talk about it being good for the sport. First, a relegated team would almost certainly see a decline in what is most likely already sub par recruiting. So once relegated, you’d likely not see them back. And second, we don’t even play everyone in our own conference as it is. How can you relegate if you don’t play everyone (like, for example, in Premier League)?

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  2. theotherdoug

    Watching Tennessee get relegated is a positive if you ask me.

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  3. classiccitycanine

    I’d might prefer a super league than an expanded playoff. Then you could create a separate post season for most of the FBS.

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  4. Derek

    Its not a bad idea just because it won’t happen.

    Its a great idea AND we can’t have nice things. Such is life.

    “Its a big club and we ain’t in it.”

    George Carlin

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  5. ApalachDawg aux Bruxelles

    soccer

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  6. Tony BarnFart

    Late here. One thing I think would be fun would be to have 2 of everyone’s designated non-conference games pit entire conference vs. entire conference according to each team’s conference finish the year before. And rotate which conferences are slated to square off each year.

    Caveats:
    – would be much cleaner with 4 large power conferences instead of 5.
    – would be much schedule friendlier if we could have everyone only play 8 games
    – would be complicated if divisions remained and with how to seed teams who didn’t play but had similar records. But the champion would at least be indisputable.

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