Betting Spy: More TV cash must mean lower ticket prices

Grant Prior 8 years ago

There’s always someone richer than you – as the Premier League is just starting to twig as Chinese football clubs spent more than UK teams in the latest transfer window.

Surely it's time to drop the price of these? Picture courtesy of the BBC
Surely it's time to drop the price of these? Picture courtesy of the BBC

Premier League clubs used to luring players from financially poorer leagues may suddenly find the tables turned if the Chinese keep spending.

And already domestic clubs are starting their rumblings of discontent about being outbid for transfer targets.

Premier league chairmen have been rubbing their hands at the thought of another vast influx of TV money.

But having to compete with China for the big signings could see it all slip through their fingers instantly and straight into the pockets of players and agents.

Footballers’ wages are already obscene. And we might have to invent a new adjective if the incentives keep rising.

The current model is to just shovel the incoming mountains of cash towards players.

The alternative is that owners get richer.

Or perhaps we could make it cheaper for fans to watch?

Oh hang-on, that won’t work apparently so we are now seeing walk-outs over ticket prices.

Surely the Premier League chiefs realise that a fan boycott is the last thing you need when your “brand” is facing fresh competition from a rising foreign rival?

But you can never accuse football clubs of being long-term thinkers or being over burdened with a social conscience.

Now this is all very worthy but let’s gone on with the tips.

I’ve just about recovered from a bear hug my rather large mate gave me as West Ham’s extra time winner went in against Liverpool on Tuesday night.

It’s good to see though that no-one bats an eye lid in the East End as two grown men kiss each others bald heads.

Let’s move on quickly from that frankly rather disturbing image and have a look at this weekend’s coupon.

Now the story of the season is undoubtedly Leicester City and it is a massive game for the league leaders at Arsenal on Sunday.

The bookies are still not convinced about the Foxes and are offering nearly 4/1 on an away win.

Odds like that were made to look silly last week when they tore Man City apart.

I wouldn’t put anyone off that price.

But perhaps a safer option is to back four or more goals at a very tempting 2/1.

The last match between these two saw Arsenal run out 5-2 winners and I can see both sides going for it in what could be a cracker.

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