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Re: EFL message

By Puds (Chuds)22/4 12:41Wed Apr 22 12:41:47 2020In response to Re: EFL message

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I have been discussing regionalising the leagues on Twitter since a week or two ago. It will make very little difference IMO.

If you have north and south you will still have plenty of mileage and hotel costs (Plymouth, Exeter, Yeovil, Torquay etc.). You won't see any noticeable increase in away attendances as you will still have small clubs that bring a low number of fans, just like some northern ones. And you will miss out on some bigger away followings from the likes of Bradford and other bigger northern sides we have played. Just because it is 90 mins or two hours away instead of three hours won't make a difference to most fans, they would either go to both or go to neither. And I would much rather drive north up the A1 than have to go via the M25 to games. You would also reduce the number of teams changing each season, so the division would be even more stale and boring than it is now. And you would have a reduced chance of promotion (also relegation).

The Championship clubs wouldn't accept more clubs being relegated, so with more divisions feeding into the one division you have fewer promotion spots available in your league. Say we have a north and south feeding into The Championship. The best you would have would be the champion goes up and then you have playoffs. The two playoff winners would then need to play each other in one final game for that third promotion spot. So less chance of us going up. At the other end you would have two coming up from the Conf, so only the bottom club drops form each. There will be a lot of games at the end of seasons with absolutely nothing to play for.

So the only way to reduce the travel further is to regionalise further. So say we have three divisions instead of two. That will cut travel costs, however it will make promotion even worse. As you still have three spots feeding into the one division. So you would only have one side going up. That would be awful.

And finally, considering how much travel costs actually are. I know a couple of people who work(ed) for Carlisle for a while, and their most expensive trip to Plymouth cost them around £3k for everything. Their annual travels costs they reckoned were around £50-60k. That is a pittance when compared to all the other costs of football, particularly wages. That is the salary of one player. So you really want to totally adjust the structure of English football and worsen the leagues for the sake of reducing a playing squad by one player?

In theory, without considering any of the details, regionalising seems a good idea. But if you consider all the things it would impact, it soon becomes unnecessary and would make the leagues far worse with little actual reward. The ONLY way to make football sustainable is to reduce the wages of the players. Nothing else will have a big enough impact.

Edited by Chuds at 12:42:23 on 22nd April 2020

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