No, this was a tournament played between the top 4 teams of each of these countries and it had no access to UEFA's cups. There was money involved though but not even that brought any kind of interest to it.
If this is not a real competition, then it's normal that it can not attract any interest.
Yes, it is obvious that we would never be interested to have a joint league with countries like Scotland, Holland or Belgium and it's not just about cultural differences. Spain would be more obvious but all in all I simply do not see in what way this could improve the quality of our football or improve the financial state of our clubs. On the contrary, as it would help the big 3 but it would carve an even bigger gap between them and the rest.
I also think it's quite unrealistic at this point. Besides, knowing the LFP, I guess there would be some resistance to do it inside Spain, because the big clubs wouldn't see the advantage of it and the smaller clubs wouldn't want to be replaced. I can't see it happening.
But seriously, do you really think that this type of league would end the complete domination of that dozen of clubs that have been getting richer and richer with CL money in the last 10-15 years? Of course that there is a need to change dramatically the current state of things but change must be done inside the current tournaments and not abolishing national leagues and creating artificial regions. Regionalism is not better than Nationalism.
The money of the CL is not the main difference. The money of the CL is good, but the big difference is what the big clubs get from TV deals (they don't involve CL games, because these rights belong to UEFA) and marketing. In that sense, the CL money is a small percentage of the incomes of Barcleona compared to the other 2.
It's all about the market you have, the thing is that EPL, and in a different level, Serie A, Liga and Bundesliga, have a broad market compared to Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium or Portugal. Even if it's just a thing of internal population. Well, it's evident that the big leagues also attract people from other countries, crossing borders, while your leagues have a more local character, although I can see all your leagues in Spain too.
IMO, a union of smaller leagues would increase the audience and would attract more money from TV.
You say that a change is needed and I'm not against it, but I don't see a real solution. As I already told you, even if the CL money disappears (for everyone), Barcelona would still attract big incomes, because the European money is not relevant at all.
As an example, look at the Memory of FC Barcelona in 2007-2008 (page 156 and more, sorry in Spanish):
As you can see, the incomes of Barcelona were 384.8M € and this is the distribution. And you can see, marketing (mainly deal with Nike), ticket sales in the stadium, and media (TV deal with Mediapro) are the core of the incomes. If you see the budget for this season, you can see that the weight of marketing decrease due to the international crisis and the fall of consumption, but we get 20M in "others" (which includes the CL money after the victory of the previous season), although this is not a recurrent income as you can guess. Yes, we get a lot of money from CL, but the impact of it is now high compared to other sources.
Belgian, Dutch, Portuguese, Scandinavian and Scottish teams. So the list would look something like this:
Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV, Rangers, Celtic, Kalmar, Elfsborg, Göteborg, Stabaek, Rosenborg, Fredrikstad, Kopenhagen, OB, Anderlecht, Club Brugge Standard, Tampere, Sporting, Porto and Benfica.
20 teams is more than enough imo. There should also be promotion/relegation options. Relegation means going back to your native league. That spot won't automatically be claimed by another club from your country though, there should be promotion/relegation play offs between the various countries.
There's 1 problem though: who would go to the CL and European football? Because if you miss out on European football (and that chance is a lot bigger in this league) you're going to miss a lot of money.
As I already said, I think the money of the CL is important for clubs like yours. On the other hand, I think your incomes via other sources like media and marketing should increase.
Spot on. What's the sense of such a Atlantic League. Do you really think the TV money will be as huge as in England ? Or even Germany or France ? Which TV channel is going to pay only €5 million for the TV rights of 3 native clubs ? It has more disadvantages than advantages. And then I even want to exclude the fact that you kill away-support by forming such a league.
The TV channels depend on audiences. Belgium have a population of 11M, I think. Now increase the population of your country adding the other countries' populations. The potential audience increase and it's likely to have a pool of TV channels to get the rights. The sponsors of your league have a smaller potential market, if you compare this to the exposure of a brand in Belgium, Scotland, Netherlands, Scandinavia and Portugal. All these leagues tend to be polarized between big teams that do not have a big internal competition.
It would require time, but it would succeed, I think.
There are other options as the Superleague the G-14 wanted, but it's unlikely too. And then we have the current situation.
At the end, I'm sick to see this historical clubs of Europe suffering to do well in Europe. It's England, Spain, Italy and a bit of France and Germany. Yes, we have Porto around and maybe another one... but the gap is increasing. The current situation take the leagues of your contries to hell when it comes to compete in Europe and I don't like this, because I have a huge respect for them. As I said, I grew up with my team facing your teams and they were fantastic games. If 15 years ago, you had told me that facing Ajax would be like winning the lottery, I would think you'd be crazy.
Even that would kill the away-support imo. Anyhow, which Belgian teams would be an addition to the Eredivisie you think ? Nowadays then, not because of their name and history. I guess Ajax and AZ already showed the difference is class a few weeks ago.
The goal should be to do something to retain your home talent. None of your leagues are able to keep your good players, which is a shame and probably frustating. Of course, I like to see the best ones in Spain, but when I think about it, I don't think this is good for football. EPL and Liga are becoming like NBAs and the rest are disappearing and this is very sad.
The away support? Well, distance punish the away support, but it's all about to see what's the best for everyone.