Nickyboy wrote:When looking at the details wasn't it just the 'prize money element that is being distributed the same as the current UK split, and the rest still being split equal?
So basically this is just aligning all of the TV revenue as one rather than seeing it as a UK pot and a ROW pot?
That's how I read it, but it's only on any further increase in prize money so the current pot is ringfenced.
I was fully against this, probably due to the lack of info, but now I'm completely the opposite. When you look at the bigger clubs, who they say are the biggest pull, they really put a fortune into bringing the best players, manager and facilities, spending hundreds of millions to make the league competitive and fight for those CL places. Yet we have other clubs who are never there to compete with their only goal to stay in the PL.
When you look at some of the spend from other clubs you soon realise that some of them are there just to take the money. They've got their golden ticket and do as little as possible monetary wise but get maximum return. Brighton, who have made it to the promised land, spent approx 60 mil on players last season. That's not a bad investment when you think they now have another season on the PL, earning approx £200 mil over the 2 seasons. Then you look at the likes of West Ham who have a net spend of less than 30 mil over the last 3 seasons, what are they really offering to the PL. That's just 2 examples but there's many with the same mindset throughout the league.
All this does is make the whole financial package a competition where clubs are incentivised to earn their money. If they don't want to compete and are happy to sit in mid to lower table, why should they get the same money as a team who are bringing something to the league?
What has to be remembered is that we are not in the same position as when we were fighting it out near the bottom, hoping to see those 40 points on the board. The financial package has improved dramatically but certain clubs have decided to pocket it rather than put it back in, unlike us who had fuck all left, even before the season had finished.
But what about Scudamore, why has he stood down at this time? Was he under pressure to get this through and there was so much angst that the bigger clubs forced him out?
Oh, and just noticed that Gavin Patterson is stepping down from the Chief Exec job at BT. Coincidence? I hope not, not with his allegiances.