Thursday, 3 May 2007
The Crazy Business that is Football
May is always a busy time for football, much to Mrs Slicker's dismay.
The Business that is football has been one of our UK success stories over the past few years. Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992 it has been an uninterrupted money making machine.
Although some fans, especially the more traditional working class fans who can no longer afford to attend matches so regularly, despise the way the game has gone, there can be no arguments from a business view.
10 years ago the league was well behind Italy and Spain, good overseas players would tend only to come to England if there careers were nearing an end, players like Jurgen Klinsmann and Gianfranco Zola.
Nowadays, the best in the world can't wait to get here because the money is so good. This money though, made from slick marketing and a good product on the pitch, has huge consequences.
Just today, the Wigan chairman has threatened to sue the FA over not deducting points from West ham. He thinks it could cost his club up to £60 million, which is what an independent analysis said today. This is big money.
Big enough that American sports billionaires are keen t get in on the action and this will ratchet up even further the money in the game and probably the profits generated for it.
For all this though, the game has changed, unlike American sports where the leagues try to maintain parity, the opposite has happened in the UK. With the new extra money this is going to get worse, expect to see the same teams at the top forever, unless they do a Leeds!
Posted by CityUnslicker