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Premiership Play-offs- A Viable Option? March 5, 2009

Posted by Ben Smith in Uncategorized.
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I was listening to Adrian Durham on TalkSport last night and with Manchester United pulling away from the chasing pack once again, he suggested the idea of Premiership play-offs. The idea at first seems ludicrous, having had a system that has worked so well for so long. After all we all know that if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. 


However, once you get past that and think about it more the concept does seem to make a lot of sense. For a long time now people have bemoaned the fact that the destination of the Premiership trophy is decided long before the final stage of the season in May. A Play-off system would change all this, and perhaps inject some excitement back into the Premiership that had been lacking in recent years.

It is something which has been in operation in rugby union for a while now and has been very successful. For one thing the Premiership is always looking for new ways to make money as proved with the idea of the 39th game. There is no doubt that it would delight the financial men at both the Premier League and the clubs involved. The prospect a huge money spinning game at Wembley to decide the title would be a big incentive for them. The television audience for such a match would be incredible. After all the prospect of Manchester United relinquishing the title after dominating all season is enough to get anyone watching right?

It’s certainly food for thought…