A new trend has developed in the premier leagues across America, England and Wales; teams are now involved in inter-league competitions. The European Super League is the most notable one of these. Unlike its American and British counterparts, the European Super League allows only the top teams to participate. This has meant that it has a lower prize money, which makes it attractive to many lower league teams who wish to increase their participation rates in the competition.
When looking at the European Super League, you will see that the participation rates among the premiership sides is quite high. As a result, many lower league sides have been forced to join in the EPL. This has caused an imbalance between the national leagues and the premier league, as some have actually chosen not to participate. Some have even been forced to drop out because of the lack of teams for them to join. With some of these issues now being resolved, the next question is how can the English and American premiership teams be successful when participating in the Inter-league breakaway?
Premier League Issues.
One way in which they have been successful is by making the necessary sacrifices. For example, in the EPL, those relegated from the premier league have to forfeit a portion of their salary for the rest of the season in order to remain in the competition. As well as this, some EPL teams involved in the breakaway battle are playing in difficult climates and environments, something that is not required when a team plays in a British stadium or an American arena. As a result, players and fans have been left suffering from conditions that would normally be bearable or even beneficial.
Another way in which the English and American premiership teams participating in the breakaways have been successful is through the scheduling of their matches. As you would expect when the weather is poor and the pitch surfaces are slippery, matches tend to get postponed and changed to regular season matches. This has often had adverse effects on the teams involved in the competitions, particularly on the finances of the lower league clubs. In comparison, participating in the Inter-league breakaways enables the English and American clubs to avoid such problems with regards to the scheduling of their fixtures.
The Premier League clubs involved in the Inter-league competitions have also used their scheduling power to keep the fixtures occurring at favourable times of the year. During the winter months, for example, the English and American premier league clubs have been able to keep their matches against lower league sides at midweek to enable the players to recover from international duty and rest their bodies prior to the start of the new season.
Similarly, during the summer season, the EPL matches against the lower league sides are often scheduled for late afternoon or early evening times. As a result, it is much easier for the players to recover, both physically and mentally, prior to the start of the season.
Another benefit of the scheduling power that the premier league clubs have been able to acquire is that they have been able to reduce the number of games which clash between their various competitors. For example, in previous seasons, when the breakaways and lower league teams took part in the EPL, there were often four games taking place between the different teams involved in the competition.
With the introduction of the Inter-league competitions, and especially the current competition in the English second division, this figure has been reduced to two games. Not only is this a more manageable figure for the EPL to work with, but it also means that the top teams are rarely competing against sides from lower leagues.
Of course, the Inter-league competitions do not just deal with the scheduling of games. They also deal with the scheduling of away games for the lower league teams. Away matches are usually scheduled to occur around popular seasons for the top EPL clubs. Therefore, it has always been a simple matter for the Premier League clubs involved in the Inter-league competitions to make sure that their teams always feature against those teams that play in the premier league.
In recent years, due to the huge revenue that the Premier League clubs are generating, some of them have even considered trying to push their way into the lucrative European markets. Some of the European-based EPL clubs have been in negotiations with European based leagues for quite some time.
This is mainly because the revenues that the EPL generates means that the clubs involved have a lot of money that they are willing to spend on attracting new customers and potential overseas investors. As a result, the Premier League clubs involved in the Inter-league competitions have found themselves becoming increasingly popular with the owners of different EPL teams, and in turn, they have been granted additional television deals and other forms of exposure that they might not have enjoyed if they had remained only within the UK.