- 14 Jul 2006
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I'd pick you up on one point re the popularity of football around the world and tv viewing. The current popularity is based on teams playing at the highest level and succeeding in their own competitive domestic leagues. Merit not names. So if clubs participate on the basis of continued closed shop membership and not merit why should viewers be attracted? On what basis are they the best ? Particularly if they are not recognized by the football authorities and their players no longer represent their countries or participate in world cups.Very easy to say let em go etc, however the whole football pyramid to a degree is built on the Sky, BT monies, take the glamorous clubs out and watch the TV deal disintegrate on its next review.
All clubs to a greater or lesser degree survive on the TV monies, recall speaking to an Exeter fan after their replay with Man U. The TV monies ensured their continued existence!!
With no knowledge I would imagine this is a stance from the clubs involved who, if they get their way will be delighted, but who also are prepared for some discussion and compromise in the short term.
It is abhorrent to all genuine football fans but for the millions of TV fans around the world who buy the shirts and bet on results to see The top clubs playing each other every week it will be extremely appealing and, for the foreign owners, it’s more money guaranteed each season and facilitates taking “ the product” around the globe.
Whilst in its present form it may not go ahead I don’t think there is any doubt that a bastardised form will be with us within a very few years.
Yet another reason to be totally apathetic about football in the future