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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Isn't It Time The Premier League Had A Playoff?

The key reason I don't like the Premier League is that it is entirely uncompetitive. In twelve seasons only three teams have won the title and it looks unlikely that any team outside of Arsenal, Chelsea and Man Utd will ever win it again.

With the season often over for many teams only 3/4 of the way in, perhaps the Premier League should consider introducing a playoff to decide it's annual winner.

The structure would be fairly simple; The top six teams make it into the playoff with the top two receiving a first round bye and securing home-field advantage. The games would be played in knockout format and the final could be played at Wembley, in one of the hottest sporting tickets of the year.

This would be a win win system for the Premier League. Not only would it give six teams a decent shot at winning the big one each year, but it would also provide a truck load in TV money (like they need anymore). It would only mean an extra three games for a maximum of two teams and it would lead to some absolute thrillers.

Now I'm sure fans of the 'big three' won't like it, but given time I'm sure that even they will see the benefits. So whaddya' think peeps? Is it time for the FA to move with the times and give us a playoff?

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At 1:09 pm, Anonymous Tempting Thought said...

That's a pretty good idea IMO. The problem would be getting the 'Big Three' teams to agree to it.

The final Premier League Final at Wembley sounds great though!

At 7:25 pm, Anonymous Mookie said...

On the other hand, it doesn't help that in regular play, teams like Man City and Portsmouth still can't beat the top 4.

At 4:16 am, Anonymous steviethek said...

I like it. In fact, I like it more than a college football playoff. So there!

At 12:06 pm, Anonymous Sanchez said...

Uh-oh, don't start that whole college playoff argument! That one will never die! ;)

At 10:32 pm, Anonymous Manc2008 said...

Don't make it anything like American Sports please we'll spend more time watching ads on TV than the game itself. If a sport has time to stop for tv ads then the sport is boring. This is the way its always been, and now that most of the teams in the EPL are spending money I think in a few years we will see a different league in the future.

At 12:03 pm, Anonymous Sanchez said...

I agree about the ads, but if a playoff works for Rugby in this country, why would Football be any different?


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