What They're Saying: Aurelio De Laurentiis

“The problem is the small teams have the same rights as the big ones. Why should Frosinone have a season in Serie A, be given a slice of the pagnotta and then be relegated back to the third division? If they cannot compete, if they finish last, they should have to pay a fine. They shouldn’t be given money for failing.”

-- Aurelio De Laurentiis, the Italian film producer and owner of Serie A powerhouse Napoli, on his pet peeve: clubs like Frosinone, promoted to Serie A for only the second time in its history last year, that arrive in the top flight “already relegated” and go back down flush with moneys from TV revenues. He termed promotion and relegation "the biggest idiocy in soccer." (New York Times)
1 comment about "What They're Saying: Aurelio De Laurentiis".
  1. R2 Dad, January 22, 2019 at 11:34 a.m.

    This is the 1% ensuring they stay the 1%, regardless if it cripples the league. So, AdL bought a storied 3rd division team for peanuts and benefitted from Pro/Rel; now he wants to kick the small teams when they're down. If Serie A wants to become a top league again, they're going to have to figure a way to ignore the self-serving owners and improve competitiveness across the league, improve/replace aging stadia, grow their market share overseas. Making those parachute payments larger is actually smart business. To grow international eyeballs, Serie A (like the Bundesliga and Ligue 1) need the world to watch more than just Juventus (or Bayern/PSG) in the Champions League. 

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