Global league would boost play­ers’ pay-days

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from page one Event Port­fo­lio Im­ple­men­ta­tion Panel” will pick the teams.

Na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions are com­ing un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure as most rely on gov­ern­ment fund­ing to sup­port their in­ter­na­tional ath­letes.

Eng­land Hockey got a fund­ing in­crease on the back of GB’s Rio suc­cess and will re­ceive £18m over the next four-years, but play­ers’ heads are still turned by the riches of the Hockey In­dia League and the lure of good money from Hol­land and Bel­gium.

“Hockey In­dia League has added real value and any op­por­tu­nity within the sport for play­ers to play in a dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ment and earn good money has to be ap­plauded,” said Mun­day.

“But the FIH are clear they want to work in part­ner­ship with the na­tional as­so­ci­a­tions. We think the home and away league has the po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate suf­fi­cient rev­enue so the FIH can plough money back into the as­so­ci­a­tions so they can be less re­liant on gov­ern­ment fund­ing.”

The top teams have re­ceived de­tails of the cri­te­ria they will need to ful­fil in or­der to be awarded home ad­van­tage.

These in­clude a de­mand to cre­ate “Big, Bold, Packed and Loud” events which have strict pa­ram­e­ters around mar­ket­ing, pro­mo­tion and broad­cast­ing deals.

David Luckes, act­ing CEO of FIH said the event would change the land­scape of in­ter­na­tional hockey.

He said: “This is the first step to­wards the im­ple­men­ta­tion of our gamechang­ing new event port­fo­lio. It’s been de­signed to pro­vide a reg­u­lar cal­en­dar of must see events played in packed sta­dia across the world through­out the year.”

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