The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #163410   Message #4102782
Posted By: Steve Shaw
20-Apr-21 - 06:21 AM
Thread Name: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
Subject: RE: BS: Football (not the U.S. kind)
Those of us who are fans of the game have held our noses for almost thirty years, ever since the Premier League was founded. It meant way too much money at the top and not enough trickling down. It meant a Murdoch paywall with everyone else getting Match Of The Day 5-minute scraps only. It meant massive player wage inflation, inescapable as football became ever more international with capitalism and competition for the elite players taking its merciless grip. It became mostly about television rights. But at least fans still packed the stadiums and, on the whole, the clubs at least continued to value the fans, even if the owners, Sky and BT Sport didn't give a shit about them. A year without fans in the parks has made the owners see an even bigger cash cow that can pay for their serial overspending. That's what this is all about. The umbilical cord connecting fans to the clubs is about to be severed. The TV audiences in China are far more important to the owners than a few thousand inconvenient bums on seats in stadiums.

At least we've been having relegation and promotion, and the obligation to actually qualify for the Champions League (which is only a name, by the way). Wigan in the FA Cup Final and relegated in the same month. I'd even contend that modern-day football is at least as fine a spectacle as it's ever been. All that's going out of the window. We'll get exhibition matches with nothing to actually fight for. You'll pay big money to watch the games on telly and you won't be able to afford ticket prices or fly all over Europe to see games unless you're a millionaire. Fans can go to hell. If that happens, in the words of the Dragons, I'm out.