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With such pitiful amounts being offered by NOVA you'd think the bigger teams could get to together and make their own channel/service.  It's not like they couldn't afford it financially.  Food for thought ...

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^^Yes Bananas....but that's too logical for them to handle.  One day they will figure out,  that you need the top 4 working together, so they can grow their product,  and make money regardless if they win the championship or not....simply put,  they're still very primitive.

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NOVA without Superleague is almost certainly going bankrupt. They lost all the TV rights to any meaningful leagues out there to COSMOTE. NOVA is basically telling SL to cut the existing agreement (good until 2019) by 18%. Not only that they dictate on how they want the league to be run. If SL owners had any balls they would tell NOVA to take a hike. The problem is that the 12 "small" teams will not make it without any TV revenue.

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In my opinion,  the only system that will work is going to a 10 team league. Each team will play each other 4 times, totalling 36 games.  This format will insure every week has derby matches. You need to create a interest in order to see revenues rise.  If they stay with the current set up,  we will never see our terms in the CL again....and Olympiakos will struggle to keep their advantage of getting in there also.

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On 8/2/2017 at 9:34 AM, jvc said:

In my opinion,  the only system that will work is going to a 10 team league. Each team will play each other 4 times, totalling 36 games.  This format will insure every week has derby matches. You need to create a interest in order to see revenues rise.  If they stay with the current set up,  we will never see our terms in the CL again....and Olympiakos will struggle to keep their advantage of getting in there also.

I don't believe Olympiacos are as concerned as what you make out.  Sure the days of automatic qualification are gone, but realistically given their budget and the opposition they'll be playing against, they'll still qualify most years.  Being in the "strong" group of teams make a massive difference.

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Latest negotiations failed again. However the league said they will start games as scheduled. During the season it will be decided if there will be playoffs and in what format. It remains to be seen if NOVA will take legal actions. 

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Absolutely absurd that they could start a season without knowing how many games we'll end up playing.

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As usual at the last minute a deal was reached between Superleague and NOVA concerning television rights and revenue. The results of the deal are:

- NO MORE PLAYOFFS

- The TV deal is for 30 million per season and is good for 2 seasons. There is a clause where NOVA can't demand a cut during those two seasons. PAOK is not part of this deal. Instead we signed a 1 year deal with NOVA separately from the collective agreement.

- The 12 "small" teams will receive extra money from the "Savvidis" league sponsorship 

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Is the no more play offs clause just for this season or going forward?

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On 8/20/2017 at 9:32 AM, Athens4 said:

Is the no more play offs clause just for this season or going forward?

Can someone please get back to me on this one?

Now that we have managed to lose to a small Swedish village the only way we can save this year is by selling off a few players like Leovac, Cimirot etc (if other clubs are still interested that is) and attempting to buy a few players who have quality. We need now more than ever to promote some young, Greek players in the squad. Vieirinha is starting to p!$$ a lot of people off, it's now or never man. This is now an opportunity to make a solid team where players can finally gel. How is it possible that Zagorakis and Vryzas made a team out of nothing, however the current management need three weeks for El Khaddouri to make a 2 hour flight from Italy?

Unfortunately with it's a catch 22 with the management. Indeed Savvidis came in and paid off our debt but there is no improvement on the field. He will say that without him PAOK would still be in debt. I get that it's all a business but why not buy a few decent players too?

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From what I understand it's done for good, but this is Greece going into the opening matchday we didn't know if playoffs were on or off. So you honestly can't know what the superleague committee and nova (who has a lot of power) will decide for beyond this season

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AEK stumbled today as well, which is great for us. If only Oly would drop some points. Current top 6:

 

Oly - 6

Panionios - 6

AEK - 4

Giannina - 4

PAOK - 4

Xanthi - 4

 

Xanthi and Oly play each other next match day.

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AEK has a two-game home fans ban. We play them in round 10, and amazingly this is one of the games that will be behind closed doors. Great timing for us.

Their other home game is vs Atromitos on week 8 (the same day we play Olympiakos in Athens), so if everything goes well for us, the top of the table could see some shaking up. Let's hope our guys can capitalize.

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Pretty sure the ban will be cut in half or erased after an appeal.

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Prijovic now the top scorer in the league (5 goals). Finally got ahead of Fortounis, who includes three penalties in his tally of four goals.

Pelkas is our next highest scorer in the league, with a measly two goals.

AEK will be playing in a few hours vs Xanthi, hopefully Xanthi will give us a gift. Currently, we're also first place in the league, barring this result.

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AEK managed a tie in Xanthi with a goal from an offside position.

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PAO just won vs Larissa, 2-1. Also down to 9 men. Haven't seen any of the clips.

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PAO scored their first goal from a questionable penalty. Also a clear goal by Larisa was not counted right before PAO scored the winner.

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The goal by Larisa that was not counted allegedly due to the offside position of the scorer:

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Αν ο Σαββίδης μπορούσε να τους πηδήξει γιατί να μην τους πηδήξει στο μεταξύ τους παιχνίδι που αφήσαμε δύο βαθμούς από το πουθενά και να δώσει δύο βαθμούς στον θεωρητικό διεκδικητή του τίτλου Παναθηναϊκό;

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we aren't actually suggesting that the refs were trying to get PAO over the line? they were reduced to 9 men, would that have happened?
If anything it highlights the poor level of officiating in Greece. Don't get me wrong, I'm well aware of the corruption that has/does exist. But every week in nearly every game I see a player that is a meter onside flagged for being off, yellow cards given for things that are barely fouls, no cards given for fouls that are boarder line sending off; the refs are shocking. And that's before outside forces get involved 

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