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Wigan also have the added disadvantage of having virtually no support.
As for big 4, yes I support one of them, but that doesn't really influence my view. As I said, it makes it more of an achievement to break into it, and it's not like it's unachievable either. It's changed a fair amount since the Prem began, most notably Blackburn and Newcastle going from major challengers to being nowehere now.
Besides, if you wanted to change it, franchising the Premiership is certainly not the solution - getting rid of the Champion's League and its prize-money is.
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Still applies to the likes of WBA today and then there's the jokers who somehow get in the Prem like Barnsley and Bradford. What was shocking about Bradford was that they somehow stayed up.
In defense to Tom the EPL is alot better then say the French league where Lyon has won it seven times in a row. I think that was his point, but compare that to the NRL and AFL where salary caps have meant realistically you could have a different winner every season. I know what system i think works better.
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The amount of money in F1 is ridiculous too. Ferrari spend 300mil in a season, Champ Car teams spend about 18mil.
Schumacher was looking to get around 20-25 mil every year. Even someone like Button would get 8mil easily.
I don't see why people complain though. It's simple supply and demand. The reason they get payed so much is because so many people are so interested by it.
The lack of a salary cap means success breeds success or, for the more cynically minded, money breeds more money!
It's really the style of football that's played (fast, end-to-end stuff) that causes our league to be dubbed the most exciting rather than the unpredictability of the outcome. One year (2001, IIRC) the newly promoted Ipswich Town finished fifth & their manager was awarded manager of the year! Few demured either; such is the difficulty of achieving that without massive financial backing it was deemed more praise-worthy than ManUre winning yet another title!
Also, when comparing the AFL to the Prem, you have to remember AFL teams aren't likely to lose their players to Italy or Spain if they aren't paid top whack. The talent may be spread more evenly, but it would mainly just be thinned out if we introduced a cap.
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No one is close to convincing me that the EPL is in a fair and interesting competition. I just dont get it.
Didnt realise (am pretty clueless when it comes to soccer) the French League had a club that won it 7 times in a row. What the hell is the point?!
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The best argument for relegation is that it gives hope (however nominal) to supporters of teams outside the top flight that one day their club will be in with the big boys. I know nothing about AFL at all, but if you were a follower of (say) South Melbourne back in the day you're now either faced with a mother of a round trip to see "your" team or to start to follow one of the other local clubs, which is usually anethema to any fan. When Wimbledon relocated to Milton Keynes & were "rebranded" as the MK Dons over here a group of local supporters formed their own team called AFC Wimbledon who do have that chance (however minimal it is) that they could be back in the big time one day.
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