The Premier League in England, is a unique football league and is certainly the very best league in the world, thereâ€™s little doubt about that.
Barclay’s Premier League – the most popular sports league in the world
The games are beamed around the world and the Manchester United – Arsenal game earlier in the season had a worldwide television audience that was over 1B.
But itâ€™s also unique in England that we have a flurry of games over the Christmas period, and indeed years ago the teams used to actually play on Christmas Day itself.
Sam talked about the traditional Christmas fixture list in England today, to the Newcastle Journal:
â€œWe do play an incredible amount of games in a short period of time, which is unique in world football and it is extremely demanding. But I canâ€™t call for a cut in the number of Christmas games because it is traditional. Some things should be kept traditional in football and this is one of them.â€
â€œ It is a very busy period, but it is also very popular and we have to get on with it the best we can. You could reduce the number of games by one, but I donâ€™t want to see this tradition ended, even if other leagues in Europe probably think weâ€™re mad the amount of football we play.”
â€œWhat would be far better, for me, would be to get the Christmas period over and done with and then have a two-week break in January to allow the players, and everyone else involved in a football club, to recover from the grueling schedule. That makes sense to me, but it is something Iâ€™ve argued for a long time.â€
Sam makes an excellent point about the two week break. That would do wonders for the English clubs, and since it would come in the transfer period it could also allow the teams’ managements to concentrate on any transfer dealings. It would also give players time to recover from any injuries they had picked up.
It would be a kind of level set in mid-season. It makes an awful lot of sense to us, and we think it’s just got to come. We hope it’s sooner rather than later.
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