Money, money, money
Football, now a multi-billion pound business, generates serious debate when it comes to money – and most often when it comes to player’s pay. It’s something that’s thrown in my direction too.
Rooney – £250k / week
Look at Rooney, he’s netting £250k a week for running around a field – but can these salaries be justified? Yet if you look at the kind of money that’s drawn into the game, you might also understand how these figures become comprehendible. BskyB recently signed a deal with The FA worth £3.4bn, this finding its way to the clubs notwithstanding the millions generated from sponsorship for those clubs, the merchandise and then there’s ticket revenue, so it’s not too long before these figures begin to make some sense. After all, the players are the spectacle the fans come to see when all’s said and done?
Has it gone too far?
I understand this being raised, maybe so, I’d have to agree that it can’t keep scaling like it is, that’s common sense?
Of course keeping the Rooney’s and Toure’s on the books is costly to a club, even more costly if you can’t afford the wage bill. Just take a look at Rangers recent run in with the tax man – which is likely to see them kicked out the league.
I mean it’s all well and good paying the players wage, but clubs get carried away in the moment as they aspire to reach the next tournament or improve on last years performance. We’re a footballing nation – it’s arguably the one activity that brings us together, it’s essentially a live soap-opera, especially when I’m playing!
Money is linked to success, fact?
Look at this article in the Guardian and you can typically see that those that spent the most appeared to reap the greater rewards. The better the team, the higher their wage bill – the better the player the more they win. These are the basic fundamentals of football, the pitch is our stage and without the actors the show cannot go ahead. Football is essentially a form of entertainment, fans sit anxiously awaiting and encouraging their team, they pay to see these athletes performing their exceptional talent – they are the spectacle.
It’s a different question to ask if money has spoilt football, if players wages should be capped etc etc. Yet, at the end of the day the clubs are in business, their success is income and as players we’re paid to play and entertain, the more you pay the better the show. It’s also not unique is it – think about movie stars, authors or business guru’s – the market dictates their value, doesn’t it?