The Premier League Thread

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  1. - Doing The Lambert Walk

    - Doing The Lambert Walk Well-Known Member

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    I would really love to see Newcastle become a real force. Honestly, I would. Behind Saints (and Arsenal), I have a real soft spot for them.
     
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  2. Schad

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    Likewise. Know a lot of Toon supporters, so they've always been as close as I have to a second team.

    We're also getting into interesting territory. There is already considerable competition for the CL spots; if Newcastle spends lavishly, there will be too many well-heeled teams even to qualify for Europey. A lot of the top teams have their sponsorship revenue tied into making consistent CL appearances...this could shake up the top, resulting in a new dominant clique, or consistent competition at the top could flatten the revenue structure over time.
     
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  3. Cowtownred

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    It's a real shame, Saints cant have an owner like this. Ours doesnt seem to "Have a pot to piss in" If only!
     
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  4. fatletiss

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    One of my best mates is a Toon fan, which is why I don’t want them up there :(
     
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  5. fatletiss

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    Or bring a European super league closer.
     
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  6. Libby

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    Still can't see the big clubs here wanting it tbh.
     
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  7. fatletiss

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    They might if sponsorship revenue drops from failing to qualify for CL
     
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  8. Schad

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    I'm really dubious that a European super league makes financial sense for most of the participants. It would be a cash cow in the short-term, but the novelty would wear off in relatively short order...particularly for the dozen teams who would go from being big fish to consistent also-rans. If you're a club knocked off the pedestal in England, is your best bet really going to be to prop up the table in a Euroleague?
     
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  9. Qwerty

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    There's a bit of a thread on ESL/finances here:


    I don't really have an opinion, but I have read that the next round of TV money will be lower in a lot of places, which might have interesting effects. Occurs to me that we haven't done more than change the name and delete a couple of teams since 1945 or whatever, so there seems like a lot of inertia. Who knows, but I'm more relaxed about where we are than some other people, the league will still be fun, even if the top teams are really good.
     
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  10. claytonsaint

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    The environmental impact of a European Super League would be enormous with travelling teams, fans and media. Activists need to start targeting sporting events. Formula 1 would be a good start. It's all very well talking about climate change but we need to start doing something about it. Sorry! Not really relevant to this thread.
     
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  11. fran-MLs little camera

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  12. TheSecondStain

    TheSecondStain Needs an early night

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    But an important point nevertheless.

    Formula E is a hugely competitive racing genre, which is starting to get proper coverage. And it is very exciting because cars are so similar in performance. But the spectators come in from far and wide, often in their FF cars. Unfortunately, It's going to be that way for several years until electric vehicles just become second nature to people rather than the noisy, smelly, unhealthy thing they get behond the wheel off every day at the moment.

    Controversial point, but I'll give Formula 1 ten years max before it disappears. Cities and venues won't allow it on principle, in my opinion. And at some point, all-electric cars will outpace them. Then it's over.
     
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  13. TheSecondStain

    TheSecondStain Needs an early night

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    For a fleetingly short period, Saints did have a multi-billionaire owner, willing to throw some proper money down. But he died. :oops:
     
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  14. Saints Fan4Life

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    That's a bit of a myth. Markus wanted us to be self sustaining, not somewhere for him to throw his money around.
     
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  15. fran-MLs little camera

    fran-MLs little camera Well-Known Member

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    He certainly spent money initially and a relatively large amount for a League 1 club....set us on the right track. He was certainly very keen on Saints in the short time he was here and may have given us more money if he got over excited about our progress, but there was a suggestion that he wasn't as rich as initially rumoured...stinking rich rather than filthy rich :) On the other hand he may have sold us. We will never know sadly because he died too young. :( The only thing I am sure of is that he saved us and laid the foundations for us to do well in the right hands.
     
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  16. Le Tissier's Laces

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    In answer to your previous q, the FT report was regarding the Qatari’s taking ownership of Leeds. They’ve been lightly nosing around some PL clubs for a bit. I had initiated some cursory discussions with them around the time the....ahem....large changes occurred with our ex-chairman etc. Because said discussions were directed toward another certain ex of ours. The Qatari’s were interested in taking things further. Our ex flirted with me and us a little, before backing out, for reasons I shan’t go into...
     
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  17. TheSecondStain

    TheSecondStain Needs an early night

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    That's so obscure, but I like it.
     
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  18. fran-MLs little camera

    fran-MLs little camera Well-Known Member

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    I'm always torn when discussions are about clubs getting rich new owners. I guess I want an owner who is just 'rich enough'. Be great to have terrific players and go for it, but I really want to feel that success has been earned and not just bought. Probably illogical when you see the way things are going, but I prefer a team that is built rather than wholesale transplanted. Guess I'm a dinosaur. :(
     
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  19. fran-MLs little camera

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    I had virtually no idea what he was talking about. :)
     
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  20. thereisonlyoneno7

    thereisonlyoneno7 Well-Known Member

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    I get it.


    You had a ex-girlfriend that was from Leeds, and Cortese fancied her. He pretended to be your mate to get to your ex, but all along it was a Qatari who fancied her and once they realised that Nicola wasn't your mate really, they went after another woman.
     
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