The Swiss Football League comprises twenty teams. From the league heavyweights YB and Basel with sales of 80. 90 million Swiss francs to the small club SC Kriens with a wage average of 2700 Swiss francs, everything is possible.
And yet each of the 20 votes counts the same, when it comes to achieving a simple extra. And this is necessary when voting whether the championship will resume on June 19 or be canceled.
Of course, a lot of water will flow down the Rhine, the Aare or Reuss until May 29th. But the opinions are made. As of now it looks like this:
- Sion, Lugano and Xamax are unconditional for the demolition.
- Basel, St. Gallen, Lucerne, FCZ and Thun make their decision dependent on whether the league can secure the clubs financially through the federal government.
- YB and Servette absolutely want to continue playing.
- Lausanne, GC, Schaffhausen, Stade Lausanne-Ouchy, Aarau, Kriens and Vaduz are in favor, if some say “yes, but …”.
- Winterthur is also more for it, but first has to find a stadium because the Schützenwiese is being renovated.
- Wil wants to wait and see what the clubs can expect.
- Chiasso submits to the majority, since the last player who is knocked off is nothing more because he cannot dismount.
The bottom line: Nobody from the Challenge League is absolutely against the resumption. If Wil and Winti also say yes and Chiasso submits to the majority, the second top division could even be closed for it.
That would mean: Together with the yes votes from YB and Servette, the matter would be scratched. The Super League clubs, calculating how much money they would lose playing ghost games, could be forced to play by the little ones!
Bruno Galliker, head of sports at Kriens: «I know that the tendency in the Super League is rather different. It should never happen that the Challenge League clubs outweigh those from the Super League if you know what the financial impact would be for the clubs in the upper house. » In the lower house, on the other hand, continuing to play would not be a bankruptcy deal – on the contrary. “In Kriens, TV revenues make up 50 percent of the first team’s budget,” says Galliker.
The TV rights holders have to pay CHF 40 million per season. 30 million for the Super, 10 for the Challenge League. While around half a million is a huge amount for a small club like Kriens, an average club from the Super League has 2 to 2.5 million francs after deducting the administration costs of the league. This is not half, but maybe a tenth of the budget.
What to do? Have the Super League voted separately? A procedure that SFL President Heinrich Schifferle categorically excludes. Galliker is certain that there are various solutions with which you can achieve your goal. For example, abstention.
And who knows, maybe the increase to 12 teams demanded by Romands and Ticino people will come up again. And then it would stop immediately anyway.