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April 26, 2021

Daily News Lesson: Plans for European soccer ‘Super League’ backfire on team owners

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Directions: Read the summary, watch the video and answer the discussion questions. A transcript of the video is available here.

Summary: Last week, a group of wealthy owners of European soccer clubs announced plans to create a new, closed “Super League” of just the biggest and richest teams. But following global protests from fans, government officials and even members of the British royal family, the plan is now a super fail.

  • The teams that were set to make up the new “Super League” included some of the most prominent professional teams from national leagues in the UK, Spain and Italy.
  • The new league was established in secret, and on announcement fans across Europe blasted the idea for breaking up long-standing rivalries and league traditions.
  • The breakaway teams seemed to be surprised by the negative reactions of their own fans, who enjoyed watching their teams play in their traditional leagues.

Discussion questions: 

Warm up questions: Have your students identify the 5Ws and an H:

  • Who was going to participate in the new league?
  • Why did fans react so negatively to the idea of the “best” professional teams playing each other?
  • What were some of the arguments participating teams made about the benefits of a new league?
  • How did the league plans begin to fall apart?
  • Where would the new league have played?

Focus questions:

  1. Why do you think fans are so passionate about the traditions of their favorite sports teams?
  2. If you could make one major change to a popular sports league in the U.S., what would you change?

Media literacy: Why do you think the producers of this show focused on a change proposed in a league outside the United States? What lessons do you think the interviewee, Roger Bennett, draws between sports in the U.S. and sports elsewhere?

Additional resource: This remains a challenging year for physical education in schools. Educators and students may want to check out this blog post on the value of physical education.

 


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