Priest of the cult of the Dog with the Broken Paw
- Jun 17, 2011
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That is true, and in several European countries the leagues are dominated by one or two ever-presents. That isn't true in the UK, where clubs like Leicester and Blackburn Rovers can win and big clubs like Leeds and Manchester City can be cast out into the wilderness only to return in due course - except not all of them do. That changing of fortunes is the essence of sport and football in particular and it does not occur in the US style closed league/franchise system.Superleage was thinked cause there is an increasing distance between big clubs (barcelona and madrid) and the other country clubs, that are very far away in economic ressources. They want a league of the heavy weigths that maximices incomes.
Even the link between location and club is under threat in the US system - Imagine the furore in the UK if the owners decided to move Manchester City to London City - yet that sort of thing is a not infrequent occurrence in the US leagues.
Don't get me wrong, I don't dislike US sport or the general run of Americans. Indeed i was very happy to be in a position to go to both Yankee and Giant games when I lived in CT. Baseball has more to it than one would expect. For subtlety in tactics it is second only to cricket. And the way that US clubs turn the whole day into an entertainment is something we could usefully copy - although maybe our weather is too rainy and our parking lots too small for the tailgate party to become a regular feature.
Edit: I was particularly keen to see Yankee Stadium since my Dad had said he had seen Babe Ruth there when he was on the boats. And I was was duly impressed by it, especially Monument Park.