Now – This Is Just Too Good

Ian

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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8 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Look, the Premier League is all about making money as is right now. The day they “jumped the shark” was when they sold their soul to Rupert Murdoch. Playing a round overseas does not change this fact.

    If you are so disgusted about the greed of the Premier League, go watch the Conference South. Teams like St. Albans City and Havant & Waterlooville will never play home games in China.

    BTW, I am an American Sunderland fan. If they played a game near where I lived, I would love to go. However, I think this idea is stupid.

  2. dotmund says:

    This is, without question, the single stupidest idea relating to football – nay, sport – I have ever heard. However, I am, like you, watching from a calm and amused distance. The purist in me screams blue murder, of course. However, I can’t help feel that it might benefit football fans in this country in the long run.

    The sooner these wretched PLCs become a wandering global circus the better. Let’s go further. Let’s make all the Premiership teams who support this just go on the road permanently like the Harlem Globetrotters. It can’t possibly weaken the league to be rid of any club who would honestly consider playing each other on a jolly Seoul to be a legitimate exercise towards winning their national championship.

    It might let football fans in this country be able to get back to paying reasonable sums to watch teams and players who actually care, competing for a League Championship trophy that genuinely means something.

  3. 200percent says:

    “If you are so disgusted about the greed of the Premier League, go watch the Conference South. Teams like St. Albans City and Havant & Waterlooville will never play home games in China.”

    This is exactly what I do. As a matter of fact, I went to my first match at the palatial Clarence Park (the home, if you didn’t know this already, of St Albans City) in September 1982, and was a regular there until 2006, when moving to Brighton made travelling there every other Saturday impractical. To the extent that I go anywhere “regularly” at the moment, it’s Worthing (Ryman League Division One South), Lewes (Conference South) or, at a push, AFC Wimbledon (Ryman League Premier Division).

    Broadly speaking, I’m not angry with the Premier League over this, except on behalf of the people that have been the life-blood of their clubs for the last 120 years or so – their own supporters. I agree what the Premier League was always about making money (a line that can be drawn back to clubs setting up holding companies to bypass FA rules which were meant to prevent club directors from profiting from their directorship in the 1980s).

    As I said in the penultimate sentence of this post, “it might just turn out to be the best thing possible for lower division football” in England (I’ll edit the post to add “in England” to it). If I was a football supporter in one of the cities thinking of bidding, I’d be wondering why these millions of pounds couldn’t be putting into improving the football infrastructure in those cities, rather than on hosting a couple of exhibition matches. And that’s a rhetorical question, by the way.

  4. Duffman says:

    Can you imagine what the people New York/Mumbai/Beijing are going to make of naked premier league football un-mediated by over-hyped TV coverage?

    They’ll take one look at it demand their money back. The Premier League/nay English football’s name will be mud, the clubs will be told to f**k off and never come back. Hopefully a financial implosion will follow and, as Dotmund rightly says, we can go back to watching football at football grounds.

  5. 200percent says:

    This, Duffman, has been my experience of the Premier League. On the rare occasions that I have ventured to White Hart Lane over the last ten years or so, I have been uniformly disappointed by what I’ve seen. It looks mighty different live, compared to what it looks like on the television.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Hahahaha.

    Whatever happened to “our players are playing far too many games as it is”?

    Half the Premier League refuse to enter a full strength side in the FA cup because they think their teams will be overworked.

    It’ll all come down to a decision of whether we should send our best team on a trip around the world for a league game that will leave them jet-lagged, or should we send an under-strength side, keeping our best for the other league and cup games in January…

  7. Moore says:

    Following on from this, will Chamions League fixtures be taking place throughout the solar system in future seasons? I personally would pay handsomely for a ticket to see Galatasaray Vs Shalke on Neptune.

  8. Wurzel says:

    My views HERE

    In short, this could backfire big time on the PL. If many more disillusioned fans start deserting games three quarters of their matches will be played in half empty stadiums or worse. And with no fans making no atmosphere how exciting does a match seem then to a tv audience ? (Try watching a game with the sound of and see if you last more than 10 minutes). No fans=no atmosphere=no excitement= pretty shit product to try and sell to tv companies around the world.

    POP – was that a bubble bursting?

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