Shakermaker90 wrote:I play 7 aside football every Tuesday after work with a bunch of lads I grew up with, we're all in our mid-to-late-20s all supporting different clubs. Out of the group 4 of us are season ticket holders, 3 at City and the other's a red. The other lads watch pretty every game of their respective clubs on TV and they love football, but when ever we suggest that they go to a game, a side from money, work or family commitments, a number of them say that they wouldn't want to go to a game, because they don't think it's as entertaining as watching on TV.
That to me is wrong and it's concerning that football is going that way. What chance do lower league clubs have, when even Premier League clubs aren't attractive enough for younger fans to want to part with their money on a match day. Let's not forget, City have one of the oldest (in terms of average age) fanbases in the country.
I'm not saying that TV has completely ruined football, but I think clubs are getting it wrong and there comes a point were TV companies who invest in being able to show Premier League games will start to wonder if the price they pay is right when they're showing half empty stadiums on TV. It makes people question the quality of the 'product'. Sharing the TV money out amongst the football pyramid is one of the best ways to mitigate against problems in the future.
It’s odd they think the TV is more exciting, when I find just the reverse. For me, it can be hard to concentrate on the TV unless it is a key match, whereas at the ground you can watch the crowd, grumble to the tow behind, laugh at the away fans, desperate rubyoir hands and stamp your feet to keep warm etc.
In fact if I can’t attend live, I actually prefer to filllow the game on the radio to tv.