The last Champions League of its kind. “40 percent of young people do not follow football at all”
The Champions League is waking up from its winter sleep. Fans of the best European clubs are counting down the hours until the players return to the pitch. This is the last season of this competition in its current formula. In the next one there will be more teams, more matches, and therefore more money to divide among the participants. The owners of the Champions League hope that this is a step ahead of the increasingly visible competitive competition on the horizon – the Super League. – There is already a gateway to its creation – lawyer Grzegorz Knap tells tvn24.pl.
While the eyes of football fans are focused on the pitches, fierce discussions and disputes about the future of European club football are taking place in the offices of activists and even politicians. Now it is managed (like representative football) by UEFA. He creates the regulations of international competitions (Champions League, Europa League, Conference League, EURO) and is responsible for their organization. He earns money from these competitions – primarily by selling broadcast rights and signing sponsorship agreements. He divides the money between the clubs, leaving himself a plot of land.
The largest and richest teams – not necessarily the best in sports – believe they could step into UEFA’s shoes; would like to reduce the number of portions into which the football cake is currently cut. By increasing the portions themselves.
They are convinced that they could negotiate even larger contracts themselves, and they would not have to share profits with an intermediary who, undisturbed and colluding with activists and politicians for years, has positioned itself as the monopolist of European football.
He may soon lose this place. There is a new player in the football village who will not be dismissed or intimidated.
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