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The Football Association is reportedly set for talks with the Premier League over reducing the number of teams involved in England's top flight.

FA chairman Greg Dyke - who is responsible for finding ways to improve the national team - is behind the plot.

The Times report that Dyke plans to speak to Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore about cutting the division down by two teams.

That would, however, have a knock-on effect on the tiers below. So, representatives from the Championship, League One and League Two would also need to be consulted.

The size of England's top flight last changed in 1995 an extra team was relegated from the Premier League and one fewer was promoted to reduce the number from 22 to 20.

Any move to carry out this plan is likely to be met by huge opposition from clubs in the country's top two tiers, while the effect it would have on the hopes of the national team are debatable.

The idea is that with fewer games to play England's stars will be less tired by the time competitions come around.

But current broadcasting contracts run until 2019 so any deal would be unlikely before then.

 

http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/fa-chairman-greg-dyke-wants-6915869

 

This is probably a good idea for England team but not sure Sky or whoever has the rights would allow it 

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Oh just reduce it to the obvious five teams and be ****ing done with it. It's the most pointless, over hyped League in the world. The worst thing that ever happened to English football was the creation of this shite and Sky TV. 

 

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1 hour ago, villa4europe said:

2 more teams = 4 more games

TV deal + sponsors etc each game is worth how many millions? Won't happen

2 more teams = 74 more games if we are talking numbers, there are 380 games in 20 team Premier League season, there would only be 306 games in an 18 team division. 

The national team thing is a fallacy, if Greg Dyke and the FA really gave a shit about the national team then they would have taken the billion pounds they spent on a stadium in Brent and invested it at grass roots level.  There are commercial reasons for a decision which might not be immediately obvious to us looking at it from the outside (but are almost certainly beneficial to the top half dozen clubs) but in order to gain popular support they wheel out the same old shit about how it might magically help England's results improve. It won't of course, most of the players in the Premier League don't even qualify for England duty (when the transfer window closed in September only 176 out of 528 registered players in the league were English) and Spain won three consecutive international tournaments with a twenty team top division, most of the players in that squad were going deep in the Champions League too.  This idea can **** right off. 

 

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On 11/28/2015, 6:04:29, Morley_crosses_to_Withe said:

Oh just reduce it to the obvious five teams and be ****ing done with it. It's the most pointless, over hyped League in the world. The worst thing that ever happened to English football was the creation of this shite and Sky TV. 

 

Sky has been great for English clubs. The big issue is the Champions League money that the big 4 get, it's that which causes the glass ceiling.

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Sky would be well up for this.  They can still show the same amount of live games each week, and they have fewer minnows to divvy up the TV season amongst.  Removing the 2 weakest makes their TV games on average stronger.  Plus it all benefits the national side.  I can see it happening for those 2 reasons.  It benefits the most powerful decision makers at the table and it can be brought in under the guise of altruistically helping the national team.   Very elegant.  Nothing more appealing than making your own product more elite/desireable whilst doing so in the name of some national/patriotic interest.

It remains to be seen how democratic the decision process is.  The lower league teams will understandably want to shit in that particular sandwich.  I wonder will they ultimately even be allowed to, or whether their presence at the discussions are merely for aesthetic purposes.

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4 hours ago, One For The Road said:

We wont be back in the Premier League again for a long time I suspect so it won't affect us in any way. Therefore I couldn't care less what they do with it.

This thread isn't in the Villa forum. I don't understand what your point is. Are you for or against?

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