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No no no it is not the cost of football putting people off. What the problem is , is that their is quite simply too much choice of live football on TV . People who might go to live games decide that to open a beer at home in front of the TV is simply easier.
When I was growing up elsewhere in the EU I could use my pocket allowance money to go to the all games of my local football team and eat some lunch while there. In the UK, only high-paid managers can afford season tickets and even one-off games cost more than a weekend holiday. Almost all football money today is from TV and sponsors, ticket should be £5-£10 for each game or have free admission.
621. Anyone who uses the phrase "consume football" can look in the mirror and wonder no more why the top end of the game is dying as a sporting competition.You must be a marketing teams dream specimen.
@616, exactly. This is after all only a 'survey' (although the BBC are keen to show 'accurate this is', and how lucky we are, and how, after all we aren't being ripped off) and the clubs are under no obligation to reveal all their ticket prices, or their pricing system. I somehow doubt the survey takes into account the use of match categories, which means ticket prices can vary from game to game
so - start supporting your local non-league team, my local team are at step 3 (Northern Premier League), admission is £10, you feel much more 'part of it' than you ever do at a mega-stadium and you can get a damn' sight closer to the action than 50 yards away from and 100ft above the pitch!
It is not just the young being priced out of attending live games, one match can be a weeks money for many & that's just a home game. It is a real shame to say watch it on TV just because of the cost.
How about encouraging to watch women's football? It is significantly cheaper and would be a gentle, and pleasant introduction the the game?
@613 MikeP, yes, I bought my first junior season ticket in 1974 after securing a summer job at Roy Halls cash and carry, £5 for 21 games, another bargain, next question ?
Price always gets rolled out as the reason why people can't go to football matches. Those same people are paying £60 a month for a phone, £50 a month gym fees, plus your Spotify, Sky etc. Kits are too expensive, yet £100 jeans and £60 Dior T-shirts are fine. Ultimately, there are many ways to consume football that don't involve the hassle of going to the game, and many ways to spend your cash.
A pint of beer is probably around £4 to £4.50 whereas (at Bolton) a hot drink is £2.20. Hot drinks are probably served in cups of around a third or a pint. Beer has to be cooled and a hot drink heated. There's more tax on beer than tea, so why is beer proportionally cheaper than tea?
@ 617 The obscene wages are mainly the Premiership. Money taken on the gate hardly pays for the ball boys and girls. It's the TV money that finances the wages and transfer fees.There has to be a wage cap and a fairer distribution of TV money down to grass roots.
£500 cheapest Norwich season ticket??? Surely that must be a typing error. If not then I hope it includes a 3 course meal personally made and served by delia let's be havin you!
When are people going to get it into their heads that the football authorities are leaching as much cash out of the working class as is possible? The answer has got to be for people to boycott going to live matches. This is why we are seeing footballers paid unproportional wages, that they do not warrant or acknowledge, and have a flagrant disregard for these fans as is shown by their behaviour.
I think football club owners are a lot smarter than these journalists or those conducting these surveys. At City, they have a tunnel club and they charge about £7,000 I think. Doesn't get included in the survey because it's not marketed as a season ticket.
It's not just young fans they have priced people like me out as well, I retired early but still have to pay full price, even when reduced prices come in I will still be unable to afford it
I think the biggest deterrent for children watching football is the attitude and language of the ‘angry punter’ happily screaming obscenities at the players, referee and opposition supporters. Regardless of the price I wouldn’t take my children to a game. I’d happily pay double for an area of the ground where the children can’t hear any of the abuse!
@590: But were you a season ticket holder at this club before the Arabs moved in.
A wake up call for football. They priced the working class man out of football and the joy of taking his son to his club and making him fall in love with football and the club. The prawn sandwich brigade and corporate hospitality kept the stadiums full. But long term, the next generation have no interest in football and all I can say is good! Hope this is the tide turning on their greed.
It's all about supply and demand sadly and nothing else.If fans are daft enough to pay those extortionate prices then of course they will charge them! If everyone stopped going and dumped their pay TV packages then things might change, BUT ONLY THEN!
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