Chelsea boss Hayes 'open' to idea of closed league I know the word franchise tends to make a few people's blood boil, ever since Wimbledon moved to Buckinghamshire Chelsea manager Emma Hayes a contributor to a major national review of the Women's game and says we should be open to the idea of a closed league, with no promotion and relegation and teams running as franchises. If this happened, would those who don't follow the women's game worry about it giving ideas to those running the Premier League? Could that become a 'closed league' inviting franchises? Crowds down at West Ham? Just look for someone to buy the frnachise and move them to (for instance) Dover, where they will build a new stadium for them Hayes coached in the USA, where this is normal in all pro sports. I am an ice hockey fan and struggle to understand how fans just accept it when a franchise moves. For example, I recall the Minnisota North Stars relocating to Dallas, just 835 miles away (As the crow flies). How far is this? Imagine Man U moving to Barcelona and just changing their name. Imagine this - In 1999, the Atlanta Thrashers moved 1,250 miles to Winnipeg and became the Winepeg Jets, just 3 years after a previous team called the Winnipeg Jets, relocated from there to Arizona, 1,350 miles away, becoming the Arizona Coyotes. I guess that's like Totenham Hotspur moving to Carlisle and becoming Carlisle City and then 3 years later, Grimsby relocate to North London and become Totenham Hotspur It's interesting that Hayes' boss, the new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly recently said the premier league needs to learn from American Sports, when he called for an allstar game to be introduced Would you be concerned? Do you think this might work for the WSL and never make it's way into the mens game? Do you like the idea of it coming into the men's game? Should we try to become more like American pro sports?