I think relegation and promotion are good if you have the talent to support it, otherwise you just end up with an inferior, watered-down competition. I think this is why the NRL > Superleague and (generally) State Cricket is > County (maybe!?). On the other hand, it gives a lot more players the chance to mix it with the best which you would think would create a better general standard...however English cricket is a pointer to this not being the case. I think the fact that city competitions in Aus are so strong may be one reason why the lack of a secondary division and an extra strong state comp is creating a number of good players. Maybe, though, it's just the weather.
Americans never seem to understand why you would bother supporting a smaller club. My cousin, born in Liverpool but lived most of his life in California, gave me some stick when I told him I was a Tranmere fan (this was about 10 years ago). He said it was like supporting a college side in NFL or basketball or whatever it is they play.
My Portsmouth to not win the league bet looks solid.
Interesting reading through this thread.
I think the cultural thing is really exemplified by the amount of people claiming not to see the point of supporting a side that has no realistic chance of ever winning major honours. Of course, we dream of it, but it doesn't make it 'pointless.'
Be interested in seeing Jack Mac committing a bit more now that he's a Huddersfield fan and they are one game away from promotion :ph34r:
Views are still the same.
Relegation is a good idea, I think prior to this thread I was unaware that this had ever even been questioned wrt English football tbh.
Salary cap is a good idea if and only if it is a FIFA imposed one that applies worldwide, otherwise the league's quality will plummet.
Club >>>>>>> country.
Of course promotion and relegation is a good thing; the best thing about the English pyramid system is that we could all form a CW United and (in theory anyway) one day be playing in the Premiership.
The worst thing about the English system is the enormous financial gulf that exists between the Premiership and Championship.
Needless to say, it rocks.
And until a few years ago, I hated that there was no salary cap. Maybe it's successful beause the bigger sides are like the 'villians', and seeing an underdog get up is so good. Hmm.