It'll be a massive blow to Liverpool if they don't come out with something this season.
This season must be completed, however long it takes. If it means cancelling next season then so be it. We can take a sabbatical.
The problem with that is players contracts are up and leave and new players are signed from July and clubs outside the PL can't afford to have next season cancelled because they still have to pay the players contracts and depend far more than the PL do for income from gate receipts.
If next season is cancelled then there will be nothing to broadcast and therefore no SKY money.
Cancelling next season will almost certainly result in teams going bust.
The easy and most obvious option is to void this season if it can't be completed before the end of June.
Nobody of course will make any decision until the very last minute to allow as much wriggle room as possible to come up with a solution that will please everyone - but I can't see the virus going away anytime soon.
I think however next season will be disrupted anyway until the virus is beaten.
Good job we have slipper talk to keep us going until then!
I don't believe any club would be allowed to go bust. Surely the amount of money washing about at the top of the pyramid should allow for some of it to be donated to clubs at risk.
Surely the football family, after this horror has passed, could come together as one.
If not, is it really a sport I'd still want to be associated with.
It simply doesn't work like that mate.
Stop thinking of football clubs and start thinking of them as privately owned business - which they really are.
Some are run prudently and live within their means but others are run deliberately at a loss with the owner/s funding the club from their own pockets in an attempt to buy success - which we did with Eddie's personal money.
The clubs at the top of the leagues in all divisions usually (not always) are run at a loss - a huge part of their annual revenue is spent on signing the best players on top wages, meaning the clubs at the bottom being the ones who have been frugal and have the lesser quality of players they can afford, or teams like us who have to all intent and purposes gone bust and falling down the leagues until we can be saved.
So teams like Liverpool, Man United and City are earning vast fortunes but spending the lions share on player wages, who are the ones who have become fabulously wealthy from the system.
This artificial bubble that props everything up is the sale of TV rights, with companies such as SKY spending their money in order to get advertisers to spend mega money to run their adverts to primetime worldwide audiences of the footy games they are exclusively broadcasting.
The vast bulk of this money is fed to the PL who hardly trickle anything much to clubs in the EFL (hence why the relegated clubs get parachute payments to keep them on life support for a few years in order to come to financial terms outside the PL).
So as long as the PL is ok, who gives a fuck about the lower divisions - answer no one.
The EFL package referred to is basically advanced schedule payments to clubs that they were going to get anyway and an offer of loans - which will have to be paid back.
Why would clubs want to take on more debt when they don't even know if there will be a season next year let alone ending this one?
If you look at things more broadly, that is the same picture for the economy too - why would business want to accept government loans (take on debt) when they can't see (at least for now) when people will want to buy their goods/services again?
Who in the world wants to go traveling right now - why do we need all those planes and pilots then, who wants to stay in hotels when they are basically stuck indoors whilst they are there - why do we need all the support staff then - and so on.
The world economy is crashing, it's inevitable unless this is over quickly that clubs will go to the wall and all those mega rich players won't be putting their hands in their pockets to save us.
Did you notice people we made into millionaires such as Kevin Davies, Zat Knight, Jussi and the rest of them dip into their wealthy pockets to help save us when it was looking the darkest for us last year because I certainly didn't - and this was pre-virus and when the club had a possible future (thanks Sharon for investing in us).
It's not football, it's big business and people still can't see that.
Bob and I tried to explain this during Anderson's tenure but people didn't want to hear it.
Believe me this is much worse than then.
Clubs like ours have to trade to survive, which means we are highly dependant on gate receipts and associated income.
No games equals no income, equals going out of business.
It's as simple as that.