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Tooooo much money in the National game
August 16, 2017
Your point is valid Bob but what you describe is the ugly face of capitalism, market forces and greed. In the same vein as footballers' transfer fees and wages, are hospital chief executives really worth two and a half times the salary of the PM? Are the plethora of mandarin senior civil servants worth that same sort of salary? Is a part time head of a major university really worth almost £500.000 pa?. What about the A grade singers paid £1 million plus for an hour's performance at a millionaire's kids' party? A world class surgeon performing the most intricate operations will average about £150,000 pa or thereabouts. A few in the 'hollywood' cosmetic surgery world will earn a lot more but I'm talking about the majority of surgeons who work in normal hospitals. Compare that surgeon's training and skills, his/her dedication, their commitment and level of responsibility to your average top flight footballer. You can't because there is no comparison. Granted some footballers have exceptional talent but is that talent, in real terms, truly so much greater in value than the skills of a surgeon within society? There are countless other examples. And yet these perverse salaries in the soccer world are only a reflection of society, what is expected, what is achievable, a reflection of the market forces. We, society, dictate those market forces by buying into the hype and supporting the companies, the owners of the teams, the agents, by paying the prices for everything associated with the sport including the TV packages that show the games. It is a pure case of demand and supply. Society, or a sizeable chunk of it, demands and they, the owners, the agents the players, supply. If we could ever manage to induce a global movement that refused to pay the prices, refused to support the behemoth that is world football the fees for players and their wages would drop dramatically because the market wouldn't sustain it. Chances of that happening? Zilch! Finally my answer to your opening question, "is paying over £200 million for a player cost effective"? Logic tells me it must be so, or at least thought to be so, otherwise they wouldn't pay it? Would they?
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