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Super League: The War for Football review – let this docuseries be a warning for the future

January 15, 2023

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We review the Apple TV+ documentary series Super League: The War for Football season 1, released on January 13, 2023.

There’s something about docu-series that come from AppleTV+ that’s good. Brilliant 1971: The year music changed everything to the bewitching Lincoln’s Dilemma, the filmmakers have no trouble getting to the heart of the matter or showing you a never-before-seen perspective. For example, in Super League: The Football War, director Jeff Zimbalist (Remastered) can pull together a revealing amount of interviews from the main cast, each slimier and gluttier than the next.

After all, if Austin Powers taught us anything, we should never trust a bald, shaven man in power. As if being FIFA President wasn’t an alarming red flag in the first place.

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The miniseries delves into a disturbing trend across the world – the loss of purity and even innocence of things such as sports. Now, is that naive? Absolutely. Since the explosion of television revenues in the 1990s, North American sports have become nothing more than businesses. The days when the first baseball or football leagues formed teams with local talent are a thing of the past. Except that football leagues in Europe have maintained this underlying theme for over a century. Hundreds of teams were formed long ago by working class people in these respected communities.

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Slowly, over the past twenty years, billionaires have swallowed up teams and lost touch with what those teams mean and stand for. Of course, they make an excellent point. It doesn’t help that European Super League leaders at the top have three Premier League team owners, all owned by American billionaires. This is what ESL training represents. It’s the threat of the final nail in the coffin that has made European football, especially in the UK, so great. The league tried to break away and poach the most prominent names in the Premier League, the biggest names in all of Europe. Yet the ESL has completely ignored a massive deal called the Champions League which performs the same function by bringing in top teams from across Europe.

What is the problem ? ESL promotes exclusivity in a world that has gone through a period of struggle for inclusivity. The Premier and Champion leagues have a wonderful open format that allows anyone to move up or down. Leicester City are one of the greatest stories in sports history, winning their league and entering the Tournament of Champions for the first time in their history in 2015-16. This couldn’t happen with ESL. In fact, the only way would be to write a check and have significant political influence.

To put that into perspective for non-European football fans (damn, let’s be honest, American sports fans), it would turn America’s latest inclusive sports tournament, March Madness, into an invitation only to the wealthiest schools. Or if the NFL told my dear Buffalo Bills to take a hike so the Cowboys, Giants, Jets, Bears, Rams, Chargers and Texans could play themselves when it matters most. However, this is already happening. The NIL influences college football and forces teams to jump ship to form their own super conferences.

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Recently, the money for Saudi Arabia allowed the LIV Tour to buy golfers (and even broadcasters) to play in their tournaments. You even recently signed Cristiano Ronaldo with Saudi Professional League club Al Nassr to secure his golden parachute. People suspected Saudi Arabia of having a hand in the ESL, but JP Morgan shot down that idea, although the Newcastle takeover has recently raised eyebrows.

Super League: The Football War does a great job of bringing together journalists who explain why the issue is essential, confusing, even polarizing. Even allowing the henchman, like Florentino Perez and Andres Agnelli (strangely, the American businessman was never interviewed), to speak up and display an alarming amount of greed to the viewer. (The Athletic reported that each team would have earned $400 million each for entering the tournament). You’ll see the friction between Agnelli and Champions League president Aleksander Ceferin, who is a driving force through the docuseries while finding them entertaining and informative. There’s even a sense of espionage as reporters study documents and come up with a plan to seduce the FIFA president – hence the Austin Powers reference – Giovanni Infantino to the table.

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What to dos Super League: Football War remarkably educational yet entertaining is the way the filmmakers get to the heart of the matter and who holds the checkbooks. So much so that it was almost shocking to see how the filmmakers let the accomplices behind this madness have the floor to plead their case. And you know what, while the little guy won this round, these men score a point. The global market is changing for sports. It may only be a matter of time before sweeping changes are made all over the world.

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In three days, the ESL rose and was quickly taken down by the voice of the people, which is rare today. If you look at what is happening in North America and around the world, can hooligans defend their territory again? That makes this docuseries relevant and essential – it serves as a warning.

What did you think of the Apple TV+ documentary series Super League: The Football Wars season 1? Comments below.

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