A Premier League North vs South All-Star game to raise money for the English Football League has been tendered by Chelsea co-owner and chairman Todd Boehly.
The American businessman led a consortium to buy Chelsea last season and has already made big changes at Stamford Bridge, spent huge sums in the transfer market and replaced manager Thomas Tuchel with Graham Potter.
He has broader ambitions and hopes to influence English football with his experience of American sport, which he believes the Premier League can learn from.
The annual all-star games like the NBA (basketball), MLB (baseball), NFL (Pro Bowl of American football) and MLS (soccer) are huge, big-money events, and Boehly thinks the Premier League could be enough use the same and the money in the football pyramid sensibly.
“Ultimately, I hope the Premier League learns a little bit from American sport,” Boehly said at the SALT conference. “And I’m really starting to figure out why don’t we have a tournament with the bottom four sports teams, why isn’t there an all-star game?
“People are talking about more money for the pyramid, in the MLB All-Star game we made $200 million on a Monday and a Tuesday this year.
“So we think we could do a North vs South Premier League All Star game for everything the pyramid needs quite simply.”
Asked how the idea would be received in England, he added: “Everyone likes the idea of more revenue for the league.
“I think there’s a real cultural aspect, I think evolution is going to come.”
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