Thursday 7 May 2009

The Evertonian threat

Here we go again. Or rather, here they go:
The Government is demanding a radical overhaul of English football finances to break the domination of the “big four” clubs.

Andy Burnham, the Culture Secretary, is calling for Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool to share their winnings in Europe with other Premier League teams.

I actually think that sharing the wealth among the different teams is a good idea. Something like that happens in American professional sports. I believe that the lower teams get the pick of the best new players next season thus enhancing the likelihood of each team's winning. If only four of the top twenty clubs ever win anything, the whole sports "product" becomes devalued. And it's even worse here in Scotland.

What's wrong with this news is that it's the government that's making the proposal. The only proper function of government is the protection of the population against aggressors and nothing else. If the various sporting governing bodies can't organise their product efficiently, so be it. Our taxes shouldn't be used to "help" out.

1 comment:

David Farrer said...

Comment made on previous template:

Well, in Germany the discussion is the other way round. The profits of selling the TV rights are shared between the clubs in some manner and the result is: No team amoung best 4 in Europe since 2001, but some success in the UEFA Cup. 
Now Bayern M√ľnchen wants more money to compete better in the CL.

9 May 2009, 14:38:25 GMT+01:00