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SBD Global/May 1, 2013/International Football

Scottish Premier League Clubs Meet To Discuss League Restructuring, Playoffs

Officials from the 12 Scottish Premier League clubs met Monday in a bid "to implement an isolated piece of the reconstruction package," but only "agreed only to meet again next week," according to Alan Pattullo of the SCOTSMAN. It came two weeks after several owners declared that "there was no appetite for sitting around a table again." Under discussion "was the issue of playoffs," and while SPL CEO Neil Doncaster "remains hopeful some consensus can be achieved next Tuesday, he admits that the cost-versus-benefit equation could be an obstacle to change, with clubs reluctant to commit to such a change without wealth re-distribution helping to soften the landing." This "had been another strand of the reconstruction package rejected just over a fortnight ago." Doncaster said, "What you are effectively asking clubs to do is take on board additional financial risk of relegation but without all of the financial reward they would have had through reconstruction, so I think it is more difficult" (SCOTSMAN, 4/30).
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