The Official ROD Football (Soccer) Thread

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I don't see the Premier League rushing to resume games without crowds. West Ham have an attendance of 60K. I believe the an average price of a ticket was £45. Gate revenue projects to be £2.7M per game. Obviously other clubs will generate less but a match weekend of 10 games would be expected to generate £20M. No reason to throw that revenue away because some want football back a bit earlier. It's also possible the Government will make some exemptions for major sports events, (and the airline industry).

The bigger question will be what new rules are brought in for next season, (20/21). FIFA will want the delayed 2020 EURO Championship to be held in June/July. That will mean going through the next Premier League season at breakneck speed, with 3 or 4 games every week. I suspect the rules will be altered as a 1 season experiment. To limit injuries there could be 40-minute halves rather than 45 with 5 substitutes permitted per game. Teams could be also allowed to re-substitute a player who was taken off earlier. If the league doesn't make these sort of adjustments they won't get the games played in time.
 
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I don't see the Premier League rushing to resume games without crowds. West Ham have an attendance of 60K. I believe the an average price of a ticket was £45. Gate revenue projects to be £2.7M per game. Obviously other clubs will generate less but a match weekend of 10 games would be expected to generate £20M. No reason to throw that revenue away because some want football back a bit earlier. It's also possible the Government will make some exemptions for major sports events, (and the airline industry).

The bigger question will be what new rules are brought in for next season, (20/21). FIFA will want the delayed 2020 EURO Championship to be held in June/July. That will mean going through the next Premier League season at breakneck speed, with 3 or 4 games every week. I suspect the rules will be altered as a 1 season experiment. To limit injuries there could be 40-minute halves rather than 45 with 5 substitutes permitted per game. Teams could be also allowed to re-substitute a player who was taken off earlier. If the league doesn't make these sort of adjustments they won't get the games played in time.
I agree gate and concession revenue is huge over there. I’m honestly surprised they’re even trying to finish the league this late. Next season is supposed to open in what August? I figured they’d want to move into moving onto that season. They would have to come to some agreement on relegation/promotion but it wont make everybody happy. In the end I wouldn’t be surprised if the isn’t relegation and they go onto next year with the previous CL and Europa teams moving in again.

Personally I’d rather not play in Europa and give Arteta more time to focus on building up the team to his style. We were hot at the end and likely moved back into Europa but not having the travel for Thursday games would have ben great.

Its going to be interesting seeing how this all plays out but like I said several clubs and their fans won’t like the solution regardless of what they decide.
 

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There’s also this.

According to press reports any change to the Premier League competition rules requires a vote. It has been reported that, (by league position), the bottom 6 teams are against any changes unless relegation is off the table. 13 of the top 14 supposedly will accept changes needed to finish the season. Any vote requires 70% acceptance, (14 out of 20). Even with a green light from the Government there's going to be some horse trading and skulduggery.
 
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According to press reports any change to the Premier League competition rules requires a vote. It has been reported that, (by league position), the bottom 6 teams are against any changes unless relegation is off the table. 13 of the top 14 supposedly will accept changes needed to finish the season. Any vote requires 70% acceptance, (14 out of 20). Even with a green light from the Government there's going to be some horse trading and skulduggery.
Plus the players need to sign off on it or no? Reading lots of comments that players right now aren’t ok with it restarting at all.
 

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So happy the german football is on. My girlfriend said 'but you dont even support a german team!' And I nearly threw her off the balcony. She doesn't get it.

Weissbeir in one hand and a frankfurter in the other, got a coupon on, fucking loving this.
 
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So happy the german football is on. My girlfriend said 'but you dont even support a german team!' And I nearly threw her off the balcony. She doesn't get it.

Weissbeir in one hand and a frankfurter in the other, got a coupon on, fucking loving this.
I turned it on the tv while making breakfast and mine went back to her house. Such a great start to the day :D
 
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I was watching the Dortmund game, I didn't enjoy it at all with no crowd. Very strange.
Yeah the charm of Bundesliga games come from rallied fan bases laying the sound carpet with their rallying chants
 

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I watched '89 story of The Arsenal winning the league on the last day of the season by beating Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield. Really neat story as it was something I was aware of but didn't really witness/live through with back then the league wasn't on TV around me. It's on Netflix US I think only.
 

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I watched '89 story of The Arsenal winning the league on the last day of the season by beating Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield. Really neat story as it was something I was aware of but didn't really witness/live through with back then the league wasn't on TV around me. It's on Netflix US I think only.
The team previous to Arsenal that visited Anfield was West Ham. We needed to win to stay up and lost 5-1 and were relegated. We’d won 5 out of 6 before that to give us a chance and it was 1-1 at half time. Apparently, so my pals that went tell me, Paul Ince was running the show as well but he got booted off the pitch by Steve McMahon and they took over. I was a very unhappy 12 year old I can tell you that. I also remember all the Arsenal fans at school moaning they now needed to win by two at Anfield as Liverpool has boosted their goal difference against us.......not that it mattered in the end.
 
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