The news reported today that a match ticket in England for a Premier League game has now hit the £100 level should have many of us questioning what the hell is going on.
This is something I have written about before, and it is just one of the areas that makes me question the future of football and the "modern game" at the top level. The pretence that it is anything but a business is laid bare for all to see now, games that are classed as sold out have clear gaps in the crowd, obviously some season ticket holders will be on holiday, but where are the mythical queues of people waiting to take their tickets from them for the game.
Much has been commented on attendances in the League Cup games this week, and while some clubs are dropping prices drastically to ensure there is at least a crowd present, but when the big clubs play reserve teams, are even the reduced prices too high?
Quite how younger fans and groups of mates afford games now is beyond my comprehension. When at school a cleaning job paid me about £25 a week, and the train was a few quid if that, and when I started going to Spurs it was a pound to stand on the Shelf side. A few cans from the off license that would sell to us and a packet of B&H and the whole day cost less than a tenner, which is why we used to go every week, and cup games, and to other clubs as well. Often went to QPR if the Spurs game was not possible to get to.
The prices at Spurs now often over £50 are getting to a stage where it is just not "worth it" to go for many people, and to go twice a week is a total impossibilty. To reach a structure where the cost of watching is over a pound a minute is surely stretching the boundaries. Is there another sport or event that costs that much to watch as a spectator? Remembering this is just ticket entry, not a corporate day out.
With more and more games on TV each season, and matches being played on days and times that are just not suitable for many people, just how close is the Premier League to killing the goose that lays the golden eggs?
While the money keeps rolling in from the sponsors, the oil fields and the TV companies do the clubs even care who goes to games these days? There is a lot more money to be made in the corporate suites than there is in the "cheap seats".