What The Premier League Thinks Of You


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. dotmund says:

    “We’ve only got 330,000 attending fans – we have to weigh that in the balance against other stakeholders”

    This pretty much confirms for me that the Premier League has lost it. Sport is not a business venture first and an activity second. The sole reason that “football” (in inverted commas, ‘football the construct’ rather than ‘football the game with the ball’) is such a marketable commodity is its fanbase. Football – and they are, as a sport, not alone in this – need to remember that without the supporters, their activity simply would not happen in its current form.

    Still, as the players and owners all get richer – with their big houses and expensive cars and porcelain wives – and are less and less inclined to listen to the man in the stand, I am placated somewhat by the fact that there is a tipping point (I believe, a rapidly approaching tipping point) where the man in the stand will simply take his money somewhere else, and the wanky lifestyles will wither and die. At which point they will all look around at each other and say “how did THAT happen?”

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