Now – This Is Just Too Good

Many of you will already be aware of the concept of “jumping the shark”. Named for an episode of “Happy Days” in which The Fonz jumped over a shark on a pair of water skis, it has come to signify a step too far. A metaphorical line which has been overstepped. Today, as you may have heard, the Premier League jumped the shark. I have been pondering over the last few weeks whether the Premier League has been orchestrating recent shenanigans for our entertainment. The low comedy of Newcastle United and the slowly building crisis at Anfield seem to have been tailor-made for cynics such as me, but I was, I have to say, caught somewhat by surprise by this. It’s an announcement so staggering in its avarice that it has taken most of the afternoon for me to fully absorb it. It’s brilliant. For those of you that hadn’t already found this out, the Premier League wants to play matches abroad. It doesn’t end there. They plan to extend the season by one match (to thirty-nine matches) and have every club play one match abroad in January, starting in January 2011. As if that’s not enough, the plan is for them to auction off the rights to host two matches each to five different cities, with two matches to be played in each city over the same weekend....

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