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McFlash

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Seeing as though this is becoming pretty big news, it should probably have its own thread as it's starting to take over some of the others. 👍
 

neogenisis

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Japhet

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Who's going to watch. I never watched a single minute of Chinese football when they went berserk buying players and I certainly wouldn't watch a single minute from Saudi. I didn't watch any of the WC from Qatar for that matter either.
 

neogenisis

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Who's going to watch. I never watched a single minute of Chinese football when they went berserk buying players and I certainly wouldn't watch a single minute from Saudi. I didn't watch any of the WC from Qatar for that matter either.
Never been interested tbh and I know I wont be. The only other league I watch is Serie A, and I think that's just a throwback to Gazzetta football that was always on after I got back from Sunday League.
 

coy-spurs1882

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Who's going to watch. I never watched a single minute of Chinese football when they went berserk buying players and I certainly wouldn't watch a single minute from Saudi. I didn't watch any of the WC from Qatar for that matter either.
Neither do I, even though I am Chinese 😂😂
 

qqq1

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I won't be watching but to me it seems like a bigger deal than the Chinese league. I don't remember the Chinese league signing as many well known players. In the future I can see the Saudi's trying to get their teams into the champions league or even trying to launch their own competition with top European clubs.
 

Caco

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I'm not sure it's comparable to the Chinese league, more like the MLS or at least the original version which took Best and Pele in their twilight years. Have zero interest in watching it but I don't think they'll be relying on any subscription fees from the likes of myself to declare it a success.

I think the real question is will we see players 20 years from now declaring that they dreamed of playing for Al whatever they're called and that signing for them is a realisation of that dream. Much in the same way many foreign players give the same generic media quote when they sign for Chelsea.
 

McFlash

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St James Park to host 2 friendlies for the Saudi national team. Bit odd isn't it?
Not unexpected really, I'm sure their owners are keen to promote all things Saudi over here and the rest of Europe.
 

Spursberg

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no matter who moves there i will never watch. Is it 12 teams in the league and 4 owned by the state?

you will never see a woman in the crowds, it will never be mainstream telvised in the west with those human right standards.

They would need to stream and broadcast their own. but i have no interest in it. Most people follow a team anyway, not the players.
 

McFlash

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Who's going to watch. I never watched a single minute of Chinese football when they went berserk buying players and I certainly wouldn't watch a single minute from Saudi. I didn't watch any of the WC from Qatar for that matter either.
I won't watch it but I'll keep an eye on it out of morbid curiosity.
To be honest, I initially wasn't going to watch the world cup but ended up getting sucked in and to be fair, it was a good tournament football wise.

I don't tend to watch much outside of Spurs these days, so an international tournament was always going to be hard to keep away from, if only to catch a glimpse of players I've heard of but never really seen.

I haven't heard anything about the Saudi League being televised over here yet but I'm sure some broadcaster will want it.
I may watch a match or two to start with but as I say, it'll be more out of curiosity than anything else because I kinda want the thing to fail, just because of the money they're throwing at it.
 

McFlash

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will never be mainstream telvised in the west
Oh I reckon someone will broadcast it because of the money involved and the whole point of it is to sportswash their reputation to the rest of the world.
 

muppetman

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It all hinges on whether Saudi will see this through. If they keep spending big, year after year, it will eventually become a genuine thing and not a last pay day for aging stars.

Time will tell, but they certainly have the cash for it.
 

Japhet

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It all hinges on whether Saudi will see this through. If they keep spending big, year after year, it will eventually become a genuine thing and not a last pay day for aging stars.

Time will tell, but they certainly have the cash for it.


If it becomes a 'genuine thing' they have zero chance of complying with any of the FFP rules on sustainability do they? They'll have no gate receipts to speak of and if broadcasters steer clear their income stream will be pathetic. If their aim is to compete in UEFA competitions they'll surely struggle to meet any of the criteria.
 
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qqq1

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If it becomes a 'genuine thing' they have zero chance of complying with any of the FFP rules on sustainability do they? They'll have no gate receipts to speak of and if broadcasters steer clear their income stream will be pathetic. If their aim is to compete in UEFA competitions they'll surely struggle to meat any of the criteria.
Palms can be greased.
 

RJR1949

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If it becomes a 'genuine thing' they have zero chance of complying with any of the FFP rules on sustainability do they? They'll have no gate receipts to speak of and if broadcasters steer clear their income stream will be pathetic. If their aim is to compete in UEFA competitions they'll surely struggle to meat any of the criteria.
They cannot compete in UEFA competition because Saudi Arabia is not in Europe!

I guess they are hoping to build a global TV audience but they will fail because broadcasters and viewers like the atmospheric created by the crowds and they will never match England.
 

Japhet

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They cannot compete in UEFA competition because Saudi Arabia is not in Europe!

I guess they are hoping to build a global TV audience but they will fail because broadcasters and viewers like the atmospheric created by the crowds and they will never match England.

Tel Aviv, Donetsk, Moscow etc aren't in Europe either and have been competing for years.
 
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