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Is Man City's Premier League dominance making soccer's most popular league boring?

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Is Man City's Premier League dominance making soccer's most popular league boring?

The relegation scrap can be very entertaining.

To be fair to Arsenal, they took it to the last day but the depressing thing is that most agree City were below last season’s level, so they’ll probably do just the double rather than the treble.

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Soccer itself is relatively boring.

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zibala

Soccer itself is relatively boring.

There you have it. You reveal your true self. So why so many comments on a sport you find boring?

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It won't be boring if Man City are deducted points with Arsenal declared title winners and city demoted to the Champions League.

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Chelsea, meanwhile, has endured a dramatic slump since winning the Champions League in 2021 and has failed to qualify in each of the past two seasons

Just sacked the manager.

Don’t know who’s available to make them a top 4 side, let alone challenge City.

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Wallace

i agree with Wallace

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For a long time, the EFL Championship has been the more entertaining league. A salary cap would help the Premiership, but it will never happen.

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Time for the Premier League to do the right thing for the fans--start playing overseas.

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zibala

Time for the Premier League to do the right thing for the fans--start playing overseas.

Commenting again on a game you said was boring. The rules of the Premier League Co do not allow for the games to be played outside of England.

https://www.premierleague.com/about#:~:text=The%20Premier%20League%20is%20a,to%20English%20and%20European%20law.

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Commenting again on a game you said was boring. The rules of the Premier League Co do not allow for the games to be played outside of England.

The owners want it so they will get it. The US is likely the first place outside England where regular matches will be played since half the league is US-owned.

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zibala

Commenting again on a game you said was boring. The rules of the Premier League Co do not allow for the games to be played outside of England.

The owners want it so they will get it. The US is likely the first place outside England where regular matches will be played since half the league is US-owned.

Then it will not be the Premier League anymore. I have not read a single report of any club owner wanting to move the league to the US. The market is nothing like the one in England and would generate less income. Many European players would not want to give up European Championship games just to play in the US.

You fail to understand the Premier League clubs are much more than just the owners.

Last year several owners, including Liverpool tried to set up a European Super League. They were shot down by the fans. Several had to pay penalties over that attempt. Fenway issued an apology to the Liverpool fans.

The problem in the US is English football is not the most popular like in England. It ranks about fourth or fifth. There just isn't the market.

The Premier League is the most lucrative in the world. Why would the owners give that up? Fenway and all the other owners are in it for the profit and increase in capital.

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zibala

if you read the Premier League Handbook you will understand why the games will never be played in the US.

"We understand the vital role of our fans and we commit to listening to their views and protecting our Club’s heritage."

https://resources.premierleague.com/premierleague/document/2024/03/04/0910e1b3-f94a-41a5-9818-6e1b5c961a9a/PL_Handbook_2023-24_DIGITAL_26.02.24-v3.pdf

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Even if it were possible why would the club owners destroy their very lucrative Premier League market just to play in the US? There are 533 players. How many would even consider moving to the US? European footballers move to America at the end of their careers to make their pensions.

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The problem in the US is English football is not the most popular like in England. It ranks about fourth or fifth. There just isn't the market.

There are 4 major sports in the US. Only one in England.

And half the premier league is owned by the US, so there will be a market--which is why the owners and league are planning to play there.

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zibala

The problem in the US is English football is not the most popular like in England. It ranks about fourth or fifth. There just isn't the market.

There are 4 major sports in the US. Only one in England.

Wrong, Major sports are football, rugby union, rugby league, cricket, badminton, and tennis.

And half the premier league is owned by the US, so there will be a market--which is why the owners and league are planning to play there.

Just repeating the same comment won't make it true. You cannot post a single link showing the owners of the Premier League will dismantle their very lucrative market and move to the US. Do you expect the 533 players to up their roots, sell their homes, and move to the US? Do you think they will abandon their valuable properties like stadiums and training grounds?

All of those people would need work permits or green cards.

You are living in LaLa Land when it comes to English football clubs.

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zibala

if you really want to know how the Premier Leagues operates you need to read the handbook I posted a link to it.

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The problem in the US is English football is not the most popular like in England.

Who is that a problem for? Not half of the Premier League teams that are US owned and run.

It ranks about fourth or fifth. There just isn't the market.

The US and other non-English Premier League team owners think otherwise. That's why there will be regular season matches held in the United States of America.

Flashback to World Cup---US ties England.

Looks like there is a market for watching US teams beat English teams.

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zibala

Get back to us all after you have read the Premier League Handbook, I posted a link, and understand how it works. LaLa Land.

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How many Americans watch Premier League games on TV?

For the season, NBC Sports averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 546,000 viewers per TV match window – marking the most-watched Premier League season ever in the U.S. and up 4% from last season (527,000). The prior mark was 541,000 set in 2015-16.

15 million supporters in England attend Premier League games. About 25% of the English population.

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For the season, NBC Sports averaged a Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of 546,000 viewers per TV match window – marking the most-watched Premier League season ever in the U.S. and up 4% from last season (527,000). The prior mark was 541,000 set in 2015-16.

That's a huge market int he US. So the US-owned Premier League's next step is to play matches on US soil. Smart move by the owners, and a good opportunity for the players to get to be on stage in the biggest sports market in the world.

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Man City is 2-1 down against Man U at Wembley in the FA Cup Final. Minutes to go plus injury time. Seven minutes extra time.

Man U are the FA Cup winners in 2024.

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