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Friday January 26 2007

I’m watching one of those late night football shows on TV, and they’ve just said that in Italy, they are charging next to nothing for tickets.  If they charge more, nobody comes.  The players hate that, and it also looks ridiculous on TV.  It’s not much better in the north of England, they said, with half empty stadiums looking bad on TV also.  But, although the players don’t like it, the clubs don’t care.  They just have to stay in the Premier League, or Seria A or whatever, and rake in the TV money.  But, will the TV audience stay faithful if nobody cares - or not enough people care – about actually being there?

So, football crowds are becoming like TV studio audiences, things you have to go to quite a bit of bother to assemble.  Cricket has been like this for decades.  Except with things like 20/20 games.

Suddenly, a future with football in headlong decline, followed only by old gits, doesn’t sound so unlikely.

Maybe the answer is for robots with cameras and microphones (and loudspeakers!) in them to watch football, and for the corresponding fans to occupy corresponding seats elsewhere, connected to the robots in the stadium.  If you get my meaning.

And then perhaps if the home team is playing really badly the robots could mount a pitch invasion.

Or throw their pipes at the opposition.

Posted by Patrick Crozier on 26 January 2007

Given that they can insert the 10 yard line in American Football so that it looks like it’s actually painted on the grass and they can set country targeted hoardings so the that right brand is seen by the right audience (San Miguel in Spain, Amstel elsewhere) which actually looks like it’s painted on the boards around the pitch, why can’t they just paint in a computerised crowd and add in a cheering soundtrack I wonder?

Posted by Mark Holland on 26 January 2007

This is what happens when a cultural icon sells it’s souls to the devil .

TV audiences are mostly new age poofters who have never kicked a ball in anger and will change sports once something else pushed by the ZOG owned media becomes fashionable . they will never be loyal .

Soon , the betrayal of the game will be complete , PL teams will play half their ‘home ‘ in trendy ZOG designated cities like Shanghai .

The buggering of the UK fan will be complete I said this years ago and I think it’s coming true .

Capitalism is bullshit , so is libertarianism , voluntary racial apartheid is the only answer .

Posted by Simon Lau on 26 January 2007

Simon Lau

I didn’t know that the new age poofter demographic was that huge.

Or, do you just mean: people?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 26 January 2007

By the way, I had to do more than the usual amount of grammatical correcting of this, when I cranked up again today.  Sorry about that.

These weird little discussion progs about football, when they are allowed to say things like that crowds are going down embarrassingly, are only on very late.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 26 January 2007

Plus: Could someone, preferably not Simon Lau, tell me what ZOG means.  No doubt something very unpleasant.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 26 January 2007

Brian, ZOG is one of those pejorative alternative words for Jews, I suspect.

As for football crowds, it depends where you go. Crowds are down for Birmingham clubs, but that can be laid at the door of Rover who provided a disproportionate number of fans both to Villa and City.

Wigan are struggling - but have no tradition of football. It’s a rugby league town. So are Middlesborough, but that has as much to do with the entertainment value of the play as to do with ticket prices. Liverpool and Manchester United could double their stadia and still sell out.

Generally speaking, things are still better crowd-wise than they were in the ‘80s, and memories beyond that are prone to the influence of nostalgia. But things come in and out of fashion, and football’s had a good run of fashionability since 1990. I think its tug’s waning “just because”, and that’s all there is to it.

Posted by James Hamilton on 26 January 2007

Yes indeed the poofter demographics are huge .

Anyone who’s followed football since say the the late 80’s can’t have failed to notice that the kind of crowd that the poofter media are aiming at are NOT the traditional types .

In the old days , most people who followed the game had some form of playing experience , even if it was just an organised Sunday game .

Nowadays , people who don’t even know the basic rules of the game masquerade with a rabid enthusiasm as ‘ fans ‘ , because the games shown at cool bars with would be trendy presenters. It’s all so fake .

Of course they tend to be moneyed yuppies and these are the suckers that are so far paying for Sky and the like.

The traditional fan all over the world is getting right royally BF’ed and it is ZOG that is doing it .

And is Brain feigning ignorance ? A man so well read does not know what ZOG is . I think not .

Not all Jews are ZOG but the ordinary Jew has a role to play , he needs to make his voice felt and his protests known to ZOG . If they are passive , very easy interpret that as consent .

You see , we get to about 7 games live EVERY PL weekend on our regular package no exta PPV , plus La Liga / Serie A / Bundeslegia , no extra charge ! 

We see everything especially the empty seats all over the place bar the top 4 clubs . It’s a joke .

I understand that some games in UK are PPV now , again they are shafting you and in the end all of us .

A world league will appear soon with the top clubs from all over the world , and there will be no home games as such just WL venues all over the place from Rio to LA to Shanghai to London etc .

Posted by Simon Lau on 26 January 2007

Given that soccer is a ridiculous girls game played (and traditionally supported) by obvious homosexuals (what is it with that ridiculous hugging and kissing they go through after scoring a goal), just how some effete and pathetic traditional soccer fan could come along here and insult the masculinity of people who haven’t traditionally joined him and his friends of Dorothy in their unmanly vice, I just don’t know.

The poofter demographic is on the field, mate. Real men don’t fall over when they think they can con the referee

Posted by Michael Jennings on 27 January 2007

Ah , fighting is my main sport now , 10 x more manly than that ridiculous thing called ‘ Australian rules ‘ ?

Anyway , it still doesn’t change what is going with regards to football .

Posted by Simon Lau on 27 January 2007

Michael, I wish you’d come up with that kind of thing when Brits are criticising the USA for failing to have a soccer culture. Permission to quote?

Posted by James Hamilton on 27 January 2007

Of course.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 28 January 2007

That is interesting. I thought football was absolutely crazy over there. I guess you do what it takes to get people to fill the stadium because it looks terrible when it’s not full.

Posted by Tony on 23 November 2010
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