Franchising In Scotland


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. Martek says:

    Wow, a truly fascinating account. I had been wondering why Tony Caig, Houston Dynamo’s new backup keeper here in MLS, would leave Gretna and come back to the US after a fairly lengthy attempt to get TO Gretna last year. Now I begin to understand. What a messed-up situation.

    I wonder, though, if you can chalk up this entire situation to the fact that big money clubs (Celtic and Rangers, for example) have such an enormous disparity with the other clubs. Here in the States, I’ve always maintained that the promised land of healthy teams and a healthy league are made up of the three elements of free agency, total (especially local and national TV) revenue sharing and mandated percentage expenditures on player salaries. A level financial playing field, mandatory spending on player salaries (instead of owners’ yachts and playtoys) and free movement of labor solves many, many problems. This isn’t rocket science here, and the examples abound throughout the sports landscape.

    I wonder what you think about how that would work in Scotland. My knowledge of the economic workings of Scottish football are sketchy at best!

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