UEFAs proposed changes to the make-up of the Champions League could irreversibly damage Scottish football and other leagues across the continent, according to Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster. Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey . The Champions League is set for an overhaul from 2018, with the top four divisions given four automatic qualifying berths to the group stages, with the move coming about to placate any talk of Europes biggest clubs forming a breakaway competition.The decision, which is yet to be fully ratified, could see the Scottish champions miss out on qualification to what Doncaster claimed would become a closed shop Champions League competition. The threat is very real, very significant, he said at the Leaders 2016 conference held at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.We are only talking about the cycle of 2018-21 but the direction of travel that UEFA have embarked upon is a very dangerous route. UEFAs proposed Champions League changes are set to favour the big leagues It threatens the very future of very top-level football and it is vital that a line is drawn in the sand now and the EPFL (European Professional Football Leagues) take the firm stand that is required and start the pulling back of the very damning proposals.It is important to be a domestic champion club, that is the same across Europe, it is about access to the top-tier of European competitive football with the other champions of European football. Remove that and you fundamentally remove what is important about being a champion in a domestic contest. You would damage irreversibly the mid-level domestic leagues.You would see interest in all the leagues that are excluded inevitably declining and that would damage the game.Asked about the proposed changes, Doncaster added: I have been in the game 20 years, I have never seen the game in Europe as united against a set of proposals. It is unique that you have representatives of the small, large and medium-sized leagues against damaging proposals from UEFA. Toni Kroos in action for Real Madrid during a Champions League game with Borussia Dortmund The closed-shop is the direction of travel a number in Europe would like to see and it is outrageous that UEFA can preside over a situation where that is the direction of travel.The fear is that we end up with a closed-league situation. I was at the Celtic v Manchester City game last week, probably one of the best group games and a fantastic spectacle enjoyed by many across the world.You remove that romance and it is all about money and that is to the detriment of the game, not just in Scottish football but across the world.While the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A are all set to benefit from the new proposals, Lars-Christer Olsson - the chairman of EPFL - has claimed UEFA have broken their memorandum of understanding with the EPFL by not consulting them over the planned changes. SPFL chief Neil Doncaster (left) fears a negative impact for the Scottish game That has led to a threat from the EPFL to renege on the memorandum and allow their member associations to schedule domestic fixtures that clash with Champions League and Europa League matches. The EPFL will reconvene on 21 October to decide on their next move. The current agreement means, for example, the Premier League could not go head-to-head with the Champions League by arranging a league game for the same kick-off time as a round of European fixtures.Last year, Arsenals FA Cup fifth-round replay at Hull kicked off at 19.00 only after a compromise with UEFA was found as the tie was played in a week in the European calendar. The EPFL are keen to see the Champions League continue to be inclusive for smaller nations But member associations of the EPFL would be free to organise matches at any time if Olsson sees through his threat to alter the current agreement, something he has said could happen if UEFA do not return to the table to discuss the Champions League changes.This is why we are reacting as we are now, they (UEFA) are setting all the conditions for a private, closed league in the future, he said.Theoretically it is a free market, so if a number of clubs would like to set up their own competition they can do that. I dont think they will because domestic competitions are much more important.In my opinion UEFA has forced EPFL to act because UEFA has broken the agreement, we were not at all consulted. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The process has not only been wrong, it has been slow. We have to come to a conclusion fairly soon for the best solution for European football and that can only be made by talking to each other.Olsson did say there would be no instances of a team in the Champions League being made to choose between playing in the continental competition or fulfilling a domestic fixture.You have to remember that we are a union of clubs representing the clubs in Europes competitions, he added.We would not create problems for our own clubs because that would not be sensible. We are reasonably well-educated.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. 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Cheap Black Joe Haden Rush Jersey, Camo Joe Haden Steelers T-Shirts & Hoodies .com) - After Tom Brady added to an already illustrious legacy, Malcolm Butler established his by leaving the Seattle Seahawks, well, deflated.There are just 17 days left in the Major League season, yet nine of the 15 teams in the American League are still alive for possible postseason berths. Of those nine, Boston and Detroit are the only ones that appear to be locks, with the division leads they have in the East and the Central. At this moment, the two coldest teams in the A.L. are holding the two Wild Card slots. Texas holds the first sitting two games up on Tampa Bay. Then you have four teams bunched within two and a half games of the Rays and that second Wild Card position. Texas has dropped four series in a row though, and opens a criticial three-game set at home on Friday night against an Oakland As team that they trail by three and a half games in the West. The Yanks for all their injuries, are just one game back of the Rays heading into a gigantic series at Fenway Park in Boston against the East-leading Red Sox. Its the final series between these two teams this season. Cleveland is just one-and-a-half back of the Rays as they continue their four-game set against the lowly White Sox at Chicago. Kansas City and Baltimore are in a more precarious position, tied two-and-a-half games back of Tampa Bay. The Royals are at Detroit for three this week, while the Orioles are visiting the Blue Jays. The Rays have dropped 13 of their last 18, but after a dramatic 4-3 win at home against the Red Sox Thursday night, they have a chance to build some momentum and breathing room with a three-game set at Minnesota this weekend. Still, its not beyond the realm of possibility that both Texas and Tampa might let those Wild Card spots slip away, or have them taken away. The team to watch is Cleveland. Yes, their ace right hander Justin Masterson is still recovering from a strained left oblique muscle, and there is no definitive word on when he is going to return. Having said that, Cleveland is already 7-4 in September and has the most inviting schedule of any of the teams still in the race. 13 of their remaining 16 games are against teams with sub-.500 records including six against the White Sox. The "Tribe" has already gone 12-2 this season against Chicago. The only contender Cleveland plays is Kansas City in a three-game road set next week. The Royals schedule isnt nearly as kind. In addition to Cleveland, they have three with Detroit and three with Texas. They also close out the season with seven straight on the road, albeit against Seattle and the White Sox. Baltimore has the most ddifficult schedule down the stretch. Sean Davis Steelers Jersey. All 16 of its games are against the East, including six against Boston and four with Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays could figure in here as well since they have six left against the Os. The Yankees schedule at least gives them a chance, if they dont get wiped out in Boston this weekend or stumble at home in the final week against the Rays. They have a three-game set at Rogers Centre against the Blue Jays next week and then follow that up with a three-game home set against the San Francisco Giants. The Yanks close out the campaign on the road with a soft touch four games at Houston. Bottom line, if Texas and Tammpa Bay continue to falter, my picks to get in are the Yankees and Cleveland. The Yanks have yet another major injury concern though. Brett Gardner, their table-setting, speedy leadoff hitter strained an oblique muscle on a checked swing Thursday night in Baltimore. If hes out any length of time, the Yanks offence could start to sputter. If Cleveland can somehow get in and get by the sudden-death Wild Card match-up, they would face Boston in the ALDS, which would pit Terry Francona, the former Red Sox manager who led them to two World Series victories, going up against his old pitching coach and the man who replaced him, former Jays skipper John Farrell. What a series that would be! Remember back in 1992, when Dave Winfield encouraged Jays fans to be more boisterous, and the "Winfield wants Noise" mantra was born? Well something similar happened in Cleveland this week. Michael Bourn was quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer as asking for more fan support, period. Said Bourn, "wed like to be supported a little bit more, if we could." Who could blame him for the impassioned plea? Cleveland is coming off a 5-4 homestand and had the two smallest September crowds ever at Progressive Field - 9,794 and 9,962. Their largest crowd of the homestand was just 21,453. On the season, Cleveland has only drawn 1,426,120 or 19,536 per game. Thats pretty sad for a team that could be going to the Playoffs. Only Houston and Tampa Bay have drawn less, and the Rays are further disgraced by having the lowest attendance of all in the Majors. On Thursday night at Tropicana Field with a top notch match-up with the Red Sox and so much at stake, the Rays only drew 20,360. Its no wonder there are rumblings of relocating the Rays, maybe even to Montreal. But thats a story for another day. Wholesale Hoodies NFL Shirts Outlet Jerseys NFL Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' ' UEFAs proposed changes to the make-up of the Champions League could irreversibly damage Scottish football and other leagues across the continent, according to Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster. Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey . The Champions League is set for an overhaul from 2018, with the top four divisions given four automatic qualifying berths to the group stages, with the move coming about to placate any talk of Europes biggest clubs forming a breakaway competition.The decision, which is yet to be fully ratified, could see the Scottish champions miss out on qualification to what Doncaster claimed would become a closed shop Champions League competition. The threat is very real, very significant, he said at the Leaders 2016 conference held at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.We are only talking about the cycle of 2018-21 but the direction of travel that UEFA have embarked upon is a very dangerous route. UEFAs proposed Champions League changes are set to favour the big leagues It threatens the very future of very top-level football and it is vital that a line is drawn in the sand now and the EPFL (European Professional Football Leagues) take the firm stand that is required and start the pulling back of the very damning proposals.It is important to be a domestic champion club, that is the same across Europe, it is about access to the top-tier of European competitive football with the other champions of European football. Remove that and you fundamentally remove what is important about being a champion in a domestic contest. You would damage irreversibly the mid-level domestic leagues.You would see interest in all the leagues that are excluded inevitably declining and that would damage the game.Asked about the proposed changes, Doncaster added: I have been in the game 20 years, I have never seen the game in Europe as united against a set of proposals. It is unique that you have representatives of the small, large and medium-sized leagues against damaging proposals from UEFA. Toni Kroos in action for Real Madrid during a Champions League game with Borussia Dortmund The closed-shop is the direction of travel a number in Europe would like to see and it is outrageous that UEFA can preside over a situation where that is the direction of travel.The fear is that we end up with a closed-league situation. I was at the Celtic v Manchester City game last week, probably one of the best group games and a fantastic spectacle enjoyed by many across the world.You remove that romance and it is all about money and that is to the detriment of the game, not just in Scottish football but across the world.While the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga and Serie A are all set to benefit from the new proposals, Lars-Christer Olsson - the chairman of EPFL - has claimed UEFA have broken their memorandum of understanding with the EPFL by not consulting them over the planned changes. SPFL chief Neil Doncaster (left) fears a negative impact for the Scottish game That has led to a threat from the EPFL to renege on the memorandum and allow their member associations to schedule domestic fixtures that clash with Champions League and Europa League matches. The EPFL will reconvene on 21 October to decide on their next move. The current agreement means, for example, the Premier League could not go head-to-head with the Champions League by arranging a league game for the same kick-off time as a round of European fixtures.Last year, Arsenals FA Cup fifth-round replay at Hull kicked off at 19.00 only after a compromise with UEFA was found as the tie was played in a week in the European calendar. The EPFL are keen to see the Champions League continue to be inclusive for smaller nations But member associations of the EPFL would be free to organise matches at any time if Olsson sees through his threat to alter the current agreement, something he has said could happen if UEFA do not return to the table to discuss the Champions League changes.This is why we are reacting as we are now, they (UEFA) are setting all the conditions for a private, closed league in the future, he said.Theoretically it is a free market, so if a number of clubs would like to set up their own competition they can do that. I dont think they will because domestic competitions are much more important.In my opinion UEFA has forced EPFL to act because UEFA has broken the agreement, we were not at all consulted. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The process has not only been wrong, it has been slow. We have to come to a conclusion fairly soon for the best solution for European football and that can only be made by talking to each other.Olsson did say there would be no instances of a team in the Champions League being made to choose between playing in the continental competition or fulfilling a domestic fixture.You have to remember that we are a union of clubs representing the clubs in Europes competitions, he added.We would not create problems for our own clubs because that would not be sensible. We are reasonably well-educated.You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. 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The Yanks for all their injuries, are just one game back of the Rays heading into a gigantic series at Fenway Park in Boston against the East-leading Red Sox. Its the final series between these two teams this season. Cleveland is just one-and-a-half back of the Rays as they continue their four-game set against the lowly White Sox at Chicago. Kansas City and Baltimore are in a more precarious position, tied two-and-a-half games back of Tampa Bay. The Royals are at Detroit for three this week, while the Orioles are visiting the Blue Jays. The Rays have dropped 13 of their last 18, but after a dramatic 4-3 win at home against the Red Sox Thursday night, they have a chance to build some momentum and breathing room with a three-game set at Minnesota this weekend. Still, its not beyond the realm of possibility that both Texas and Tampa might let those Wild Card spots slip away, or have them taken away. The team to watch is Cleveland. Yes, their ace right hander Justin Masterson is still recovering from a strained left oblique muscle, and there is no definitive word on when he is going to return. Having said that, Cleveland is already 7-4 in September and has the most inviting schedule of any of the teams still in the race. 13 of their remaining 16 games are against teams with sub-.500 records including six against the White Sox. The "Tribe" has already gone 12-2 this season against Chicago. The only contender Cleveland plays is Kansas City in a three-game road set next week. The Royals schedule isnt nearly as kind. In addition to Cleveland, they have three with Detroit and three with Texas. They also close out the season with seven straight on the road, albeit against Seattle and the White Sox. Baltimore has the most ddifficult schedule down the stretch. Sean Davis Steelers Jersey. All 16 of its games are against the East, including six against Boston and four with Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays could figure in here as well since they have six left against the Os. The Yankees schedule at least gives them a chance, if they dont get wiped out in Boston this weekend or stumble at home in the final week against the Rays. They have a three-game set at Rogers Centre against the Blue Jays next week and then follow that up with a three-game home set against the San Francisco Giants. The Yanks close out the campaign on the road with a soft touch four games at Houston. Bottom line, if Texas and Tammpa Bay continue to falter, my picks to get in are the Yankees and Cleveland. The Yanks have yet another major injury concern though. Brett Gardner, their table-setting, speedy leadoff hitter strained an oblique muscle on a checked swing Thursday night in Baltimore. If hes out any length of time, the Yanks offence could start to sputter. If Cleveland can somehow get in and get by the sudden-death Wild Card match-up, they would face Boston in the ALDS, which would pit Terry Francona, the former Red Sox manager who led them to two World Series victories, going up against his old pitching coach and the man who replaced him, former Jays skipper John Farrell. What a series that would be! Remember back in 1992, when Dave Winfield encouraged Jays fans to be more boisterous, and the "Winfield wants Noise" mantra was born? Well something similar happened in Cleveland this week. Michael Bourn was quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer as asking for more fan support, period. Said Bourn, "wed like to be supported a little bit more, if we could." Who could blame him for the impassioned plea? Cleveland is coming off a 5-4 homestand and had the two smallest September crowds ever at Progressive Field - 9,794 and 9,962. Their largest crowd of the homestand was just 21,453. On the season, Cleveland has only drawn 1,426,120 or 19,536 per game. Thats pretty sad for a team that could be going to the Playoffs. Only Houston and Tampa Bay have drawn less, and the Rays are further disgraced by having the lowest attendance of all in the Majors. On Thursday night at Tropicana Field with a top notch match-up with the Red Sox and so much at stake, the Rays only drew 20,360. Its no wonder there are rumblings of relocating the Rays, maybe even to Montreal. But thats a story for another day. Wholesale Hoodies NFL Shirts Outlet Jerseys NFL Wholesale Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping Wholesale Jerseys Cheap Cheap NFL Jerseys China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '