Under-Strength Teams And The Twenty-Five Man Squad Rule


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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3 Responses

  1. Garreth says:

    Picking up on the comment in the last paragraph, I’d like to see how you’d want the Premier League to more evenly distribute its TV and Prize Money. The latter is surely a condition of success, and even those who ‘fail’ are rewarded handsomely, and then benefit from 4 years of parachute payments, while the vast majority of the former is spread remarkably evenly as it is – teams receive the same payments for radio and overseas broadcasts, and each club has a guaranteed minimum number of games that they will appear on TV (receiving their ‘facility fee’). OK, some appear on telly more often than others, but the income that’s guaranteed from the current deal (and the few before it under similar circumstances) would be beyond the market value for more than half the league if they relied on selling their own rights to TV, radio and overseas TV individually.

    When looking at the situation in Spain or other countries where clubs negotiate their own TV deals (and as was the case in Italy until they recently made a decision to go back to collective bargaining) the Premier League is positively redistributionist in its policies by comparison.

    It may not be perfect, but it’s a damn sight better than just about any other top league from what I can see.

  2. ejh says:

    When looking at the situation in Spain or other countries where clubs negotiate their own TV deals

    I believe a collective deal has now in fact been signed in Spain, though I’m far from clear about the details.

  3. Mark Murphy says:


    I think the answer to your question is in the article, with its call, which I echo, for the sharing of gate receipts, as used to be done when I were a lad.

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