Why football is facing major change?
When Premier League chief executive Richard Masters addressed a parliamentary hearing on 10 November, he delivered a line all English football could agree on, despite the fierce opposition that followed Project Big Picture's unexpected unveiling a month before.
"Change is coming."
Masters was talking about the situation in Europe, where negotiations around the expansion of Uefa's club competitions have been taking place for 17 months now.
However, if England's so-called 'big six' clubs have their way, that "change" will be far more extensive than what appears set to happen on the continent - an expanded format for all European club competitions, including the Champions League group stage.
An 18-team Premier League, no EFL Cup or Community Shield, team B, abolished the FA Cup rematch. All of this is mentioned in the Project Big Picture proposal, which was released in advance when it was leaked to the Daily Telegraph in early October.
These options are controversial. But the most controversial is that in a document aimed at resolving the huge funding gap between the Premier League and the rest of English football, voting rights should be concentrated in the hands of a few clubs.
After being widely criticized after its public release, some observers seem to have regarded it as if it had abandoned the proposed changes in the "Big Shot Plan."
As we will see, this is not the case. The story is far from over.
This is the chaotic reality faced by today's English football elite. During the financial crisis threatening the wider game, unity and compromise are in short supply.
This expansion is aimed at increasing broadcasting revenue-at a time when the economy of England began to decline. It is also trying to solve the common concerns of some of the oldest clubs in Europe, which have been left behind because they did not participate in the five richest leagues in Europe and are led by the Premier League.
Liverpool’s Moore reported to boss John Henry, as did Woodward and Manchester United co-chair Joel Glaser. By the beginning of Uefa's next club tournament broadcast contract in 2024, they all realized that the club would be required to participate in more European games in their spare time, and in the crowded calendar in England, these games simply do not exist.
Henry knew that this problem was brewing. He believes that the voting structure of the Premier League will run counter to the solution he believes. Since the decision requires a two-thirds majority, he believes that there are 14 clubs against the "big six clubs".
Between them, Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham are England's richest and best-known clubs. They have most of the top players. They are the teams TV subscribers worldwide want to see at home. Yet they cannot drive the Premier League for their own objectives. Reaching agreement is a frustrating process, as with the return of five substitutes, which City's Pep Guardiola and Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp are desperate for, but others, including Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, reject.
From a wider perspective, the 'six' feel commercial decisions are repeatedly taken on a short-term basis, which restricts their ability to grow their income and compete with the likes of Netflix in an expanding digital media world.