October 18, 2013
WHICH IS HOW THEY SAVED THE GAME:
'An Unfair Game' (KRIS HOFMANN, October 15, 2013, NY Times)
The English Premier League, with a television audience of 4.7 billion, inspires a level of devotion among fans that may be unparalleled in the world of sport. From London to Bangkok, Kampala to Manchester, it's hard to find someone who doesn't have a favorite football team (or soccer team, as Americans would say).Yet the wealth that has poured into the competition, resulting in large part from lucrative TV deals, does not trickle down to the fans. This Op-Doc short film explains a troubling situation, where ticket prices have risen to levels so high that many of the fans can no longer afford them. For example, a ticket to an Arsenal game can cost £126, or about $200.
Those prices drove out the thugs who'd afflicted them and made the game socially acceptable.Posted by Orrin Judd at October 18, 2013 5:28 PM