Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore believes that the league will one day follow in the footsteps of the NFL and NBA in playing a round of competitive games abroad -- although, the Guardian claims that any attempt to resurrect the idea, which was thwarted in 2010, is at least five years away due to the fact that the next set of three-year broadcasting contracts is currently being drawn up.
While Scudamore accepts that the idea would likely be met with resistance from fans, the league’s clubs could certainly benefit from the opportunity to further build their brands overseas. “The clubs wanted it then and they all would still probably want it now,” Scudamore said in August. “It will happen at some point. Whether it is on my watch, who knows?”
It remains to be seen what form the overseas games would take. The Guardian, for one, doesn’t think the idea of a “39th game” -- or an extra round of matches played abroad that was killed in 2010 -- will be resurrected. Rather, clubs would probably play one of their 38 regular season games abroad. Of course, then half the clubs would complain about having one fewer home game per season.