Three Proposals for a NEW Greek SuperLeague

Three Proposals for a NEW Greek SuperLeague
 

Drastic changes could be awaiting the Greek SuperLeague! Per request of the clubs, Deloitte & PwC performed an analysis on the current status of the league and constructed 3 proposals on how to create a more competitive and ultimately a more “interesting” Greek Superleague.

It has been apparent that the Greek Superleague has been in a free-fall over the last 4-6 years. The interest in the league is lacking since the champion is usually decided in early February or March, and tickets sales have decreased 48% from 2009-2016. Additionally, from 2010-2016, the revenues generated from the teams have been reduced by 84% and broadcasting revenues for each team have decreased 13% since 2010. 

With these statistics, lack of interest, and poor quality of play in the league, the clubs requested an analysis on different ways to improve the Superleague. Deloitte & PwC analyzed the situation and constructed 3 proposals to improve the league. The three proposals each have two things in common: 1-There will be a regular season followed by a postseason consisting of two mini-groups, the playoffs and playouts; 2-The champion and European places (Champions League & Europa League) will be decided in the playoffs and not in the regular season. Additionally, 2 of the 3 proposals recommend decreasing the number of teams in the league from 16 to 14, something that the Superleague’s broadcaster, Nova, has recommend in the past.

These changes will be discussed at the next SuperLeague Board meeting and many clubs are expected to oppose these changes (mainly the decrease in teams). Although formatting changes will be difficult to implement during the current season, the amount of teams relegated (currently 2) could be increased to four this season, paving the way for a Superleague with 14 teams starting the 2017/18 season.

Proposal 1: The Superleague will continue with 16 teams where each team will play the other, once in the Regular Season. After the conclusion of the regular season, two mini-groups of eight teams will be formed in the postseason with Group 1 (playoffs) consisting of teams ranked 1st-8th while Group 2 (playouts) will consist of the teams ranked 9th-16th. In the postseason, each team within a group will play the other twice. There will be a total of 29 rounds (matchdays) and the number of matches of high interest will increase by 50%.

Proposal 2: The Superleague will have 14 teams where each team will play the other twice in the Regular Season. After the conclusion of the regular season, two mini-groups of seven teams will be formed in the postseason with Group 1 (playoffs) consisting of teams ranked 1st-7th while Group 2 (playouts) will consist of the teams ranked 8th-14th. In the postseason, each team within a group will play the other twice. There will be a total of 40 rounds (matchdays) and the number of matches of high interest will double.

Proposal 3: The Superleague will have 14 teams where each team will play the other twice in the Regular Season. After the conclusion of the regular season, two mini-groups of six teams will be formed in the postseason with Group 1 (playoffs) consisting of teams ranked 1st-6th while Group 2 (playouts) will consist of the teams ranked 8th-13th. The 7th placed team will not compete in the postseason along with the 14th placed team, who will automatically be relegated to the second division. In the postseason, each team within a group will play the other twice. There will be a total of 36 matchdays and the number of matches of high interest will double.


the proposal diagrams

 
Source: sportfm.gr
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