Congratulations on your knee-jerk xenophobia thanks to Todd Boehley’s All-Star Game idea!

On July 12, 2011, England legend Rio Ferdinand was resting at home while recovering from another long Premier League season and Champions League Football Manchester United, He turned on his television, and he was duly entertained for a light-hearted baseball by a bunch of friends around the adjoining pond in Phoenix, AZ.

was watching rio 2011 MLB All-Star Gamea game in which a relieving pitcher enters the game Bullpen running and one-knee slides on the mound (Note: This is not the usual way to enter a relief pitcher’s game) Much to the delight of everyone. While we may never know whether Ryo appreciated the stunt as much as everyone else was watching, we do know that he was keen on the game, tweeting about it earlier in the day:

If it is dropped in the future, Ryo will call the “Baseball All-Star Game”. [is] Tonight, the TV coverage is quality. We also need a PL All-Star Game… Speaking of Powers + Evolve it…”.

We need a Premier League All-Star Game, Rio said, addressing that idea “for the powers that be” and following it up with a tweet that they could easily “replace the Community Shield with the #premierleagueallstarteam ?”. manchester evening news Covered These two tweets, with a total of 100 words, give it minimal attention and zero real opinion or feedback.

Eleven years later, Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehley was on stage at a business conference, talking to a bunch of other business types about revenue streams and how to stay competitive in an era of state-owned professional football teams. was earning money. Since coming to our Chelsea-life, Boelli has repeatedly stated that he and the ownership group believe that (European) football is still “really underdeveloped” In terms of generating revenue for the clubs and leagues involved.

Boehly brought up that notion again, adding that one possible idea could be an All-Star game in the Premier League (whether before, after, or during a season), that would be done with the least amount of effort and disruption. able to generate significant sums of money. That those millions can be used to support teams at the top and bottom of the pyramid, not just the Premier League.

very good, isn’t it? A fun game and money to benefit everyone? What’s not to like there? You’re welcome, Rio!

As we have all seen, the response to this outrageous mention of an original idea (not even a proposal) has been one step shy of declaring war on the United States, many high-profile pundits and journalists. Not even trying to hide his xenophobia. In their immediate knee-jerk, childish, and often willfully nerdy responses.

Here is a selection:

More measured responses – consistent with the strengths at least with this being just an idea – brought up valid concerns such as whether we already have international or we already have enough fixtures.

The latter was the objection of Jurgen Klopp, when he was confusedly asked about it (though he was prepared to consider the time when he was talking and joking), as well as the PFA, which was certainly are justified in pointing out that stability congestion is already a big problem.

In fact, if we can cut down on trivial competitions like the League Cup or whatever nonsense national teams constantly have to do, that would be great. Doing so would save a lot of calendar space for one-off games and perhaps another day of skill competitions, which are really the only interesting parts of any All-Star event. Few care about the game; It’s all about the dunk contest, home run derbyHardest slap-shots, goalkeeper battles, etc.

“Football cannot force more and more into an already crowded schedule.

“We work closely with union partners in major US sports and so we understand the value and popularity of All Star events. Ideas should not be dismissed simply because they may be concepts we are not familiar with, Especially if they have the ability to raise money that can be used to profit in football.

“Ultimately, we simply cannot continue to add fixtures and events without a proper and comprehensive review of the calendar.”

-PFA spokesperson; Source: Via The Times Mirror

And you can definitely say that football already has All-Star games. Each national team is practically an all-star team made up of the best players from a country.

The difference is that the All-Star Games in the American sense are about celebrating the sport, the league, the players and their skills. Internationally there are very few veiled vehicles for nationalism via low-quality football – and they take too long to schedule, which results in a ton of travel, frequent injuries, and the occasional corruption scandal or human rights violation. . (Players can also get hurt at All-Star Games, obviously, but this is generally very rare because it’s a non-competitive, festive event for all involved and who may care.)

Some have pointed out that football has had All-Star Games (or equivalents) in the past, with select XIs from various leagues. We also have things like soccer aids or precision matches against select XIs from different leagues (like Chelsea playing Thailand XI in both) 2013 And 2015or MLS All-Stars in 2012There are also testimonials and various fundraising and charity benefit matches. The idea isn’t new or unique, which makes the widespread overwhelming response to it even more markedly xenophobic.

Boehly claimed that the All-Star Game for Major League Baseball earned $200m this year. Given that the All-Star Game is never the most-watched game of any season in any sport, it’s certainly a pretty unexpected one for a little fun, and one that can really shake up the entire league or pyramid. can benefit.

And I don’t even like the All-Star Games.

Except in goalkeeper wars. we need more goalkeeper war,

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