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SBD Global/April 29, 2013/International Football

Scottish Premier League To Give 'Final Attempt' At Restructure; More Playoffs Considered

Scottish Premier League clubs will make "a final attempt to have league restructuring in place for next season" on Monday, according to McLaughlin & Spence of the BBC. It appears that "the failed proposal for leagues of 12, 12 and 18 -- and the controversial split of the top two divisions into three sections of eight -- will not be resurrected." Instead, the latest suggestion is "for more end-of-season play-offs" between the top flight and Division One. Should the proposal receive the required 11-1 majority, "it would progress to a vote among the 30 Scottish Football League clubs." However, supporters of the new proposal "are hopeful" that playoffs will be enough to allow other proposals to "also progress." Those proposals include "combining the SPL and SFL into one league body, redistribution of wealth from the top division and a pyramid system into the bottom tier." It appears that there will be "two new proposals considered" -- the idea of playoffs and the alternative of a breakaway second tier of the SPL formed by current Division One clubs (BBC, 4/27).
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