Todd Boehly is calling for a North vs. South All-Star game and a four-team league to decide relegation

Todd Boehly - Todd Boehly demands an All-Star Game

Todd Boehly – Todd Boehly calls for an all-star North vs. South game and a four-team league to decide relegation – BLOOMBERG

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly has proposed an annual North vs South All-Star game in the Premier League to raise even more money. Boehly also said he would rather see a “four-team tournament” at the bottom of the league than an easy relegation for three clubs, claiming the Premier League could learn from American sport.

The businessman added that while he would “never say no” to the idea of ​​a European Super League, it was not discussed and there was already a “huge component” of that with the Champions League.

In a wide-ranging interview at the Salt conference – a leadership and networking forum – in New York, Boehly spoke of his admiration for Manchester City’s “multi-club model” to teams around the world and suggested that Chelsea would try to emulate this. The American also defended the decision to sack head coach Thomas Tuchel and replace him with Graham Potter, claiming there was no “shared vision”.

Potter’s first game in charge is the Champions League home game against Red Bull Salzburg tonight and Boehly said Red Bull’s approach to two clubs (RB Leipzig is the other) in the Champions League has also interested Chelsea’s owners.

However, the All-Star Game – with players presumably picked from different clubs to compete in a one-off competition like that found in the NFL and NBA and other sports – and the move to relegation were the most intriguing ideas he brought into circulation.

“Ultimately, I hope the Premier League learns a little bit from American sport and really starts to understand, ‘Why shouldn’t we have a bottom four tournament?'” Boehly said.

“Why isn’t there an All-Star game?” People are talking about more money for the pyramid. With the All-Star game in LA this year, we made $200 million on a Monday and a Tuesday.

“They could have a North vs South All Star game for the Premier League and quite simply fund whatever the pyramid needs.”

When asked if it was actively being discussed, Boehly said, “Listen, I think everyone likes the idea of ​​more revenue for the league.”

When asked what he thought of Boehly’s suggestions following his side’s 2-1 win over Ajax on Tuesday night, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “He didn’t wait long! Oh great, maybe he can find a date for America. Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters too?”

“He forgets in US sport that they have a four-month break,” added Klopp. “Did he really say that?

“I want to further expand the footprint”

Asked if he supports a European Super League, Chelsea’s co-owner said: “I think the Champions League already has a big component of that.

“You have the best clubs playing against each other every season. There is already a lot of that.

“If you win the Champions League, you win over 100 million euros. You win the Masters [golf] and make a few million dollars.

“I think you can do that in the summer – [play Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich] more often in summer – and that can be done differently.

“I think the fans’ passion for the sport as it is now is so strong that I can’t see that changing…

“I never say a hard no (about the ESL), I like to keep options alive but we don’t talk about that at all.” However, Chelsea are considering taking a similar approach to City Football Group – the clubs in 11 countries on the around the world – and can follow Red Bull, in part to encourage their young players.

“We talked about having a multi-club model,” Boehly said. “I think there are different countries where there are advantages to having a club. Red Bull have Salzburg and Leipzig in the Champions League. I want to keep expanding the footprint.”

On Tuchel’s sacking, Boehly said: “Our vision for the club was to find a manager who really wanted to work with us… Our aim is to really bring the first team and the academy together. The reality of the decision was that we weren’t sure if Thomas saw it the same way we did.

“Nobody is right or wrong, we just didn’t have a common vision for the future. It wasn’t about that [the Champions League defeat to Dinamo] Zagreb. It was about a shared vision of what Chelsea Football Club should look like. It wasn’t a decision made based on a single win or loss. It was a decision about what we felt was the right vision for the club.”

Boehly’s ideas drew criticism from the Football Supporters’ Association, which asked on Wednesday why he felt there was a need to radically change the sport given it already possesses unparalleled global appeal.

“Football is by far the most popular sport in the world. So why are some owners determined to copy smaller, local sports, believing it will make the most popular sport on the planet even more popular?” read a post on the FSA’s Twitter account.

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