Leeds chief executive Shaun Harvey has joined a growing number of club owners and chairmen vehemently opposed to the idea of scrapping relegation from the Barclays Premier League.
League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan has been reported to have revealed some overseas-owned clubs had put forward the idea of making the Premier League a closed shop.
Harvey told the club's official website: "I don't know where Richard Bevan has drawn this conclusion from, maybe he has picked up on it from conversations he's had, but the removal of promotion and relegation at any level would have a massive detrimental effect on the competitiveness of the game."
He added: "If we're going to be positive and talk about promotion and the Premier League then every club in the Championship aspires to get there. If that wasn't there it would be the death of football.
"The game would turn into a franchise system like we see in America. There would be no penalty for failure, by that I mean finishing in the bottom three."
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas and Wigan chairman Dave Whelan are three high profile names to have already spoken out strongly against the idea.