OK, so, a topic that has been covered before in many respects but having read a bloody good book while on holiday recently called "The Ugly Game", I figured I'd try pose the question with a slightly different angle. I'm going to use our little cousins down the road as a shining example of another club "chasing the dream" and will also echo some of the book by utilising some comparisons to NFL (yep the OTHER football). When we look at the Jacks (ugly buggers I know but bear with me), they were the epitome of a well run club. Bought small, sold big, didn't overstretch themselves and grew into a stable Premier League club. They'll point to sales and underinvestment by the American owners and yet money (until recently) has been spent by paying big wages, large ish transfer fees and so forth in their attempts to maintain their status. Seven years of living the dream and now they look very much like a basket case of a club, potentially going the same way as soon many others (Bolton, Leeds, Birmingham, Blackpool, Blackburn even Villa were on the brink until new investment came in...) the list is very long indeed. So, this brings me on the the biased set up of the Premier League (and some of the books points). Now I'm not an expert on the governance and structuring of the league and the book only went up to 2014, however, when you look at the prize money and TV revenue split, of course the big clubs cream in the most. FFP is structured to favour big, well attended money making clubs. The whole thing is geared to maintaining the stalus quo for the big clubs, keeping the rest of us as mere cannon fodder unless we get ourselves a billionaire ready to spend money beyond the clubs true means, all the while the marketing folks at the FA keep whipping fans up into frenzies, demanding that their clubs spend more and brainwashing generations into believing the Premier League is the best all and end all.... Now look at the NFL. TV revenue shared equally across all teams. There is no prize money for winning the Superbowl, you just get the glory of being the best. There's a wage bill cap, but also a rule to say you need to spend a minimum of 90% of the wage budget, just to stop owners fleecing the club. Then you get the draft pick, where the weakest teams get first dabs on new young talent, and you have to be careful balancing paying for star players whilst affording to build the rest of your squad in a suitable way. Imagine Liverpool having to make a choice between one of Salah, Mane, Firmino and van Dyke as they couldn't bust their salary cap! Now I know it's fanciful to think the football could ever be turned around and the sporting integrity brought back, especially to the degree in which it exists in the NFL but should we really be hoping for a promotion push again next year or should we hope for stability and financial security for our club until such time as the greedy, self serving big clubs bugger off to an invite only European Super League and the football league could then perhaps restructure in a fairer way? Phew... and pause for breath.