Lack of Competitive Balance is the number one problem of European football at present. The huge increase of broadcasting income generated by the Big Five leagues over the last ten years has turned clubs from the smaller countries into competitive dwarfs, because their small domestic markets constrain their ability to generate comparable revenues and effectively compete for football talent.
We believe that the only viable and effective solution to this structural problem is the formation of a transnational league for the top football clubs in Southeastern Europe. This will create a much larger economic market with significant audience size, which can generate lucrative broadcasting and commercial deals.
Our mission is to promote the transnational leagues concept and to establish Mega League as soon as possible. We will work to get the support of the millions of football fans in the region, as well as the other important stakeholders - clubs, sponsors, broadcasters, national associations, and football governing bodies.
Mega League aspires to be the leading sports property in the region, and we project that it can generate broadcasting revenues of over 200 million EUR per season.
Mega League will set the stage for some of the fiercest rivalries in football, aiming to bring the fans back to the stadiums. At the same time, the clubs will acquire the resources to invest in bigger and better facilities.
Mega League will allow football clubs from the region to attract multinational sponsorship contracts and significantly enhance their other commercial activities.
AWe are a non-profit organization that relies on voluntary contributions to realize our project. We are called Mega League Foundation.
AWe want to establish a transnational league for the top football clubs in Southeastern Europe. We call it Mega League.
AIt will create one of the most interesting and contested sports competitions in the world. It will significantly improve the financial performance of the participating clubs and will increase the quality of football in the region.
AYou can contribute to the success of the project in many ways:
AWe aim to hold the first season of Mega League in 2020/21 or 2021/22.
To ensure the most lucrative broadcasting deals and an exciting competition, the clubs in the first season of Mega League are pre-selected based on popularity, traditional rivalries, historical accomplishments, and many other factors. Afterwards, Mega League will employ a fair promotion and relegation system, which will allow any club from the region to reach the top levels.
To better illustrate the format of Mega League we can use as an example the Italian League System. Mega League 1 will be just like Serie A in Italy. During the season (from July to May) each club will play the others twice (one home and one away match), for a total of 38 matches per club. The bottom 3 clubs at the end of the season are relegated to Mega League 2 (like Serie B in Italy), and the 3 top clubs from Mega League 2 are promoted in their place. The format of Mega League 2 is the same, but with 22 clubs.
The current top national leagues (like Superleague Greece, First Professional Football League in Bulgaria, Liga I in Romania, Serbian Superliga, etc.) will become the third level (like Serie C in Italy) in the new Mega League System. The ML Qualification Tournament between the 40 top clubs from the national leagues will determine the 5 clubs to be promoted to Mega League 2 in place of the 5 relegated.
The Mega League concept can be applied to other European regions, so several small countries can unite into one large market, which will create significant economic value for their top clubs.
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We plan to hold the Transnational Leagues Conference on September 1st, 2020 in Sofia, Bulgaria. It will be the first football conference to focus exclusively on the topic of Transnational Leagues as a viable and effective solution to the major problem of lack of competitive balance in Europe. Leading experts from the football industry will get together to discuss the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of transnational leagues from a legal, economic, and organizational perspective.
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