The Elite Football League of India will create an exclusively Indian product packaged perfectly and specially to advantage television and media support ultimately to become the most valuable sports franchise in the world. Thousands of jobs will be created as a result of the immense need for coaches, athletes, trainers, referees, and support staff as well as the even greater demand for employees in the legal, maintenance, media, marketing and retail sectors.
The EFLI will be the first professional football league that pays coaches and athletes. The league will strive to eventually support the highest paid athletes in all of India. Founding athletes and coaches will have an opportunity to become owners of the league. The league will recruit and train a team that may one day physically and strategically compete at levels similar to that of current U.S. teams. The league will forge strategic alliances by offering ownership opportunities to all imaginable Indian entities; business, military, political, municipalities, private, public, etc. The EFLI has already created legal bylaws, working with the Indian government to develop the first ever governing body, (EFFI) for the game, similar to that of the BCCI and its governance of cricket.
The EFLI will establish a grassroots educational project to incorporate the game of football in schools beginning at grade school level extending to universities which will feed the professional recruitment efforts. By introducing and supplying footballs and equipment along with the program, the league will provide a much needed physical and intellectual stimulus through competitive game play to the male youth of India. India is recognized worldwide as the founder of the seated game of chess. Football brings this strategic invention alive and to the field through actual athletes, intellect, power and finess, the strongest, the brightest; a natural transition.
The Minister of Sports in India recently called for additional sports to enhance and compliment the country's minimally established worldwide footprint. The EFLI answers this call with resound. The Indian sports industry is in its infancy. Cricket, historically India's favored pastime, recently gained financial strength due to its association with television. An American trained Indian National introduced the concept as a result of his observance of the U.S. football media frenzy. Football in the United States is currently valued at $40 billion with $7 billion in annual revenue and $1 billion in operating income and growing. Logically, based simply on demographics, India can undoubtedly surpass the U.S. in a relatively appropriate period time. Recently CNN reported that over one billion viewers watched an Indian Cricket match. This audience was ten times greater than the viewership count of America's Super Bowl.
India's love of Old England's Cricket will be honored with the introduction of football as the realization of India's chess board come to life. India will claim football as its own and revel in the uniting of the old and the new. Football lovers a younger generation the opportunity to step into the 21 century on the forefront of the planet's most evolved game featuring 22 men in action during each play. It is the ultimate game of chess played by the ultimate warrior. As a result, the league will create heroes, offering India's youth an opportunity to strive for the balance between a strong mind and a strong body.
It offers the children of the country a unifying sense of patriotism and a means of identifying with generations' affinity to the game of cricket. New ideas meld with old to meet on common ground through pride of community, country, value and people.
Economically, the EFLI will have an astoundingly unmatched impact on the country of India. The league will corporate sponsorship from around the world and provide a platform for multinational companies to reach India's burgeoning retail market. The EFLI will auction eight teams internationally. An opportunity will be created within the Indian investment banking arena to offer franchise, league and team ownership to the public marketplace. India offers enormous room for growth within the industry of sport. The U.S. sports industry is currently valued at a half trillion dollars leading the layperson to easily recognize India's potential to reach beyond the scope of the American precedent. In order to achieve this standard, India must embrace and become a country of many sports. Football will lay the foundation and open the pathway for an explosive sports and media marketplace with reverberating impact into memorabilia and second and tertiary product sales. There is no question that, on behalf of India, football will elicit interest and participation from a broad spectrum of sporting enterprises once the door has been opened.
The birth of the EFLI came of the conception of the founders to make a difference in the lives of the millions of forgotten and overlooked children of the world. Ultimately, the league was formed to provide unprecedented, continual aid and funding toward the education, medical, familial and emotional needs of these and all children in India and worldwide. It is a fundamentally unique corporation fueled solely on human beings loving human beings. Indi's adoption of the Elite Football League of India will draw worldwide attention to the unifying power of love. The monumental impact is yet to be witnessed. The potential for change is unlimited. The invitation to play is magnetic.
Sunday Zeller, Founder, Chief Operations Officer USA