Everton CEO joins Government’s panel to review football

Saturday, 22 May, 2021 3comments  |  Jump to last

Everton Chief Executive, Denise Barrett-Baxendale has been invited to join an advisory panel which will provide expert advice to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's fan-led review of football governance.

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced the full membership of the nine-person panel which was promised in the aftermath of the failed proposal last month by 12 European clubs, six of them from the English Premier League, to join a breakaway Super League.

According to the Government's announcement, “[t]he panel features fan representation at its heart and also includes former players and managers, current administrators, representatives of non-league and the women's game as well as independent members.

“The Chair and panel will now begin a series of roundtable meetings that will reach out to fans and football organisations throughout the football pyramid, to hear their views on the future of the national game.

In a letter to Everton season ticket holders and members, Barrett-Baxendale pledged that, “the voice of Evertonians will be heard. YOUR voice will be heard.”

“I feel honoured to have been selected to represent Everton and the wider football family and support Tracey Crouch MP and other colleagues as we undertake what is a hugely significant and very important review of our game. I will be proud to share the principles, practices and processes we have developed at our Club, and will take the responsibility of playing a part in driving positive change across the game — and representing you — very seriously.”


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Alan J Thompson
1 Posted 22/05/2021 at 19:21:34
Perhaps it is just me but I'd like to see the "Big 6" providing all the members, except the Chairperson, to this committee. Might make fascinating reading, and not just the apologies for wanting to decline the offer.
Tony Everan
2 Posted 23/05/2021 at 08:18:43
The review panel has to consider a fundamental point: “How competitive do we want this league to be?”

If revenues from TV and streaming are allowed to increase to the bigger clubs, the league will become even more of a closed shop.

Will the review lock, in law, the equitable sharing of Premier League TV and streaming money?

Equitable sharing in the Premier League and throughout the UK football pyramid. The health and competitiveness of the English Game depends on it.

Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 23/05/2021 at 13:41:48
Tony (#2);

I just can't see how anyone can come up with a law preventing anyone to leave a competition or organization and especially not when they've allowed a club like Bury to go under despite offers from other clubs to help them out financially. They could, of course, ask them to sign binding contracts but where have we heard that before?

Further, there will come a time when clubs are able to broadcast their own games on a subscription service and to lock in equitable sharing of TV money could also be seen as opposite of the spirit of competition that was raised as part of the permanent, non-relegation membership of the Super League.

I can only see it as a matter of goodwill but there can't be much of that going around.

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