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SBD Global/August 14, 2014/International Football
English Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore Still In Favor Of 39th Game
Published August 14, 2014
BETTER OFF: In London, Josh Burrows reported Scudamore said Luis Suárez was “an accident waiting to happen” and the Premier League is better off without him. Scudamore said, "I think probably the time had come. He’s a great player and I’m not taking anything away from his talents. ... He’s great to have but an accident waiting to happen, and if you spend your time trying to promote what’s good about the Premier League, you’re always waiting for the next thing to come along." Scudamore denied that Barcelona and Real Madrid "were draining interest from the Premier League, claiming that the strength of competition in English football’s top tier means that it remains the most entertaining league in the world." Scudamore: "We lost David Beckham as well, remember, we do often lose one or two" (LONDON TIMES, 8/13). The London TELEGRAPH reported asked how the English game might compete with Spain, Scudamore said, "In one sense, you don't. The way the economics of Spanish football work, you've got two clubs who, with the way they sell their television rights, they're allowed to sell their own, and they clean up and they make more money than any of our clubs do" (TELEGRAPH, 8/13).