The Premier League of English football can learn from American sport, said Todd Boehly, the American owner of Chelsea FC, which recently acquired the club from Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich.
Boehly brought up the idea of a Premier League football all-star match at the Salt conference in New York. “People are talking about more money — we made $200 million in two days this year in the All-Star baseball game,” said Boehly.
According to him, this is the easiest way to get more money in football. “In the Premier League we could play a game from north to south,” the Chelsea owner told Sport Bible. In Europe, all-star matches are a common part of hockey and basketball leagues. Well, no football.
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His idea drew mixed reactions from fans but was ridiculed by Liverpool FC coach Jürgen Klopp. “If he finds a date, he can call me,” said the German coach in the press conference after the Champions League game.
“They have a four-month break from American sports. Does he want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters too?” Klopp continued in response to the American’s unconventional idea.
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The term aside, the Liverpool coach cannot imagine players from Liverpool FC, Manchester City or Everton playing side by side in the same team. “I don’t know if people want to see that. This is not a national team. Did he really say that?” Klopp finally asked.
With the currently busy schedules of clubs and national teams, this idea sounds like science fiction. It remains to be seen whether the Chelsea owner will continue his efforts.
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