Not sure how many are following this, but it is probably worth a discussion.
Over the weekend, 12 of the largest franchises in soccer announced their intention to band together to create a European Super League that will be a midweek competition that will effectively supplant the UEFA Champions League. The intention is to create an annual 20 team competition where teams are invited in to participate over merit based on their performance in their domestic league. But here's the rub, only 5 spots will be available to outsiders. All 12 'Founding members' as well as 3 clubs that are still yet to be named, are going to be permanent participants in this competition and will not be allowed to be relegated out of it.
These teams are as follows:
This has understandably ignited a firestorm of blowback throughout the European soccer community with numerous supporters groups already condemning the move as a money grab from owners who do not care about the centuries of traditions that exist within the soccer community.
UEFA and FIFA have already come out with strong statements against this, going so far as to already say they are exploring options to bar any player who participates in this league from representing their country in international competition.
There has already been pressure put on the Premier League to sanction heavy penalties against the named teams to effectively prevent them from representing the league in the Champions League after the season.
To put it in a light that we understand here in college football, it would be like if Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Auburn, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, Clemson, Florida State, and Miami got together and said they were creating an annual competition to play for their own National Championship every year while still partaking in their conference play. It not only blows up any semblance of tradition that the sport once had, but it completely invalidates the efforts of every other team in the sport.