Football is known as the sport of the people. It is in our heart. It is that one-day in the week to which we are looking forward to. For some of us it is a religion. And for some of us it is a milking cow.
It has not been long since the first Premier League club was taken over. It was in 2003 that Bolton Wanderes sold 60% of its shares to Eddie Davies for £2 million , which gave him 95% of the club’s shares. In April 2015, Bolton Wanderes, now playing in the second league, has a debt of £172 million according to the BBC . Moreover, there are rumours that the club will be sold in the near future for over £120 million to a wealthy consortium from Ireland . As a result, mr. Davies could make a tremendous profit. In the meanwhile the price of the tickets have gone up to £15 to sit in the corner of a stadium at a second-league club. The average attendance over last season was 14.000 while the stadium has a capacity of 28.000. Why does the club not lower the prices to generate a higher attendance rate?
The answer to that question is simple. It is all about the money. Clubs in the English football leagues do not care for their supporter. While the 20 premier league clubs will earn £8.5 billion over the next 3 seasons on TV-rights, the BBC announces that the average Premier League ticket has passed £30 for the first time. 11 clubs put the ticket price up with a 6% year-on-year rise .
Not only did football change from a lower-class game to a cow milking industry. It also changed the average football player. 20 years back, a football player could make a living out of his hobby but it was not enough to be settled for the rest of his life. However, these players were grateful for having the honour of being a football player and respected the colours of the club. Nowadays, the players are blinded by the money and have not been taught respect. They drive in their big cars, live in their enormous villa’s and sit apart from each other in the team bus while wearing their Dr. Dre headphones, which apparently makes them blind for fans that want an autograph.
While the football player is earning millions, the common man is scraping along together all of his pennies to see a match of his favourite football club. The game has changed and the average football supporter, blinded by his love for the sport, pays the price.