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Premier League Chief Executive Scudamore Comments An Aberation Or A Peek Behind The Curtain

Written by on March 30, 2014 | 3 Comments »
Posted in English Premier League

This past week the Premier League’s chief executive Richard Scudamore said that Manchester United’s current performances are costing the league “interest and audience in some places.”

He went on to say in an interview with Bloomberg that “there are lots of people around the world who wish Manchester United were winning it (the Premier League) again”. To read more please click on the link.


3 Responses to “Premier League Chief Executive Scudamore Comments An Aberation Or A Peek Behind The Curtain”

  1. Rob says:

    As a Liverpool supporter this doesn’t shock me at all.

    Right, EWTT? ;)

  2. Ed Gomes says:

    Bobby, I happen to agree with Scudamore. Leagues their “big” teams to be relevant. To fans like us, we’ll watch futebol no matter what. The hard core fan will always be plunking down cash. But, it’s the front runner/casual fans that most “core fans” complain about, that skew the numbers. Should Man United falter, the league will lose those eyes, which translates into money.
    Liverpool could help replace some of that lost revenue.

    Serie A is hurting badly because Milan isn’t relevant.

    People may hate to admit it, but leagues need the big boys to remain big boys. Having rotating Top 4 or 3, isn’t good for any league.
    By the way, the NFL or MLB or NBA are no different. Even in the NFL revenue is always higher when the Big clubs win.

  3. John Bladen says:

    … but they are still ‘big boys’, Ed.

    If we are talking about a distant future in which Man Utd is back in what used to be the second division, perhaps I could agree. But the fact is that we aren’t seeing empty seats at Old Trafford, and United are still a major TV property.

    I think Scudamore is flat out wrong here. Fans are engaged… unfortunately they are very angry at present, but they are still engaged…

    As with LFC in the early 80s, things do get a bit stale at the top from time to time. If you are a United supporter, you see no problem with them winning the league title in March (or early April) every year. But it isn’t actually good for the sport, IMO, if the result is a foregone conclusion. There needs to be actual competition at the top.

    Perhaps in the coming years, Man U fans will resort to suggesting “Something should be done” about the apparently uncontrollable spending at Chelsea, City and elsewhere… Imagine the irony…

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