Premier League chiefs are once again considering taking the league abroad for one round of fixtures, the BBC
There had been a previous proposal to add an extra round of fixtures on to the regular season and play the ‘39th’ game across the world – but this was aborted back in 2008 amid great criticism.
However it is thought clubs are now considering playing an existing fixture, instead of an added game, abroad to keep the season at its 38 game schedule.
Clubs want to capitalise on the huge crowds that attended many of the games involving Premier League clubs during the preseason in America – for example 109,318 descended on Michigan to watch Manchester United’s warm up game against Real Madrid.
The current television deal for the league stands at around £5.5bn with £2bn of this coming in from overseas – 98% of matches were available to viewers from outside the UK last year.
This is the type of popularity the Premier League and clubs want to tap into and have also been influenced by the success of American sports such as the NBA and NFL hosting a fixture in London regularly – with sell-out crowds.
Talks are at an extremely early stage but it is predicted that such a proposal could come in to play by the end of the decade.
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