Chelsea’s Todd Boehly wants a Premier League North v South All-Star match

Todd Boehly wants to throw a North vs South Premier League All-Star game. The Chelsea chairman has revealed plans to revolutionize elements of English football in a bid to boost broadcast revenue.

Chelsea’s co-controlling owner, who also owns shares in Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers and the NBA’s Lakers, said at a conference in New York that he had floated the idea with his Premier League counterparts.

“Ultimately, I hope the Premier League takes a bit of a lesson from American sports,” Boehly said. “And it really starts to figure out, why don’t we have a tournament with the four lower-level sports teams, why not have an All-Star?

“People are talking about more money for the pyramid; in this year’s MLB All-Star Game we won $200 million from a Monday and a Tuesday. So we’re thinking we could do a North Star v South Star match for the Premier League, for what the pyramid needed quite easily.”

Boehly was speaking at the Salt Thought Leaders Conference in New York. Asked about his thoughts on the drop, given that American sports aren’t on board with the idea, often prompting claims of teams “locking up” for an enhanced draft pick, Boehly replied: “The economy to get into the Championship is materially different. When you get into the Championship, those numbers fall off a cliff. So there’s nobody thinking about closing, and those relegation games are some of the most televised games.”

Asked what his fellow ballclub members thought of the All-Star game idea, Boehly said, “Everybody likes the idea of ​​more revenue for the league. I think there’s a real cultural aspect to it, I think evolution will come.”

On Tuesday night, Jürgen Klopp sounded less than impressed. “He doesn’t wait long,” said the Liverpool manager. “When you find a date for that you can call me. In American sports these players have four months off. Do you also want to bring the Harlem Globetrotters?”

“Maybe he can explain it. I’m not sure people want to see that – United players, Liverpool players, City players, Everton players all together. It’s not the national team. Did he really say that?”

Boehly also confirmed Chelsea’s plans to run a multi-club model, similar to Manchester City. “We are continuously adding resources; we talked about having a multi-club model. I’d love to continue building the footprint.”

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