The Premier League is commonly referred to as 'the best league in the world', but how much truth is there in that statement? More recently, 'best' has been switched for 'most entertaining', and perhaps the latter is more easily justified. Certainly, the world's audiences would seem to agree with second interpretation. The Premier League is by far the most watched and most popular league in the world, beamed to 643 million homes with a total TV audience over a season of 4.7 billion, a figure which continues to rise.
Other compliments paid to England's top tier is that it is the most competitive league, the most fast-paced and the most unpredictable; yet again though, how much truth is there in such claims? All three could be quite easily rebutted. This list features ten problems with the most watched and popular league in the entire world of sport. That is not to say that the Premier League is not a superb league and a tremendous spectacle, worthy of the astronomical viewership it receives.
Although the Premier League is based in England (and Wales), it has essentially become an international league, especially in recent years. The majority of owners, managers, players and worldwide supporters are now from foreign shores. Whilst this has seen some of the games greatest flock to Britain, it has left some fans feeling disillusioned as the game continues to evolve at an ever-changing rate. Here are the top 10 problems with the Premier League.
10 10. Less Technically Gifted than Other Leagues
9 9. Emotionally Detached Owners
8 8. Lack of Home-Grown Talent
7 7. Refereeing Standards
6 6. Ticket Prices
5 5. Honesty & Integrity
4 4. Failure in Europe
3 3. Premier League fans
2 2. Killing the Football League
1 1. Lack of Competitiveness
Blasphemy, it may seem. One of the great things about the Premier League is supposed to be how wide open it is. Anyone can win it you may be led to believe, should you listen to those who promote the league. The truth is, none of it is true. Long gone are the days of Brian Clough transforming second division strugglers into first division champions. In the Premier League era, with the money involved, that is just not possible. The league is effectively broken up into a series of mini leagues, and most teams know that they have very little chance of breaking out of their mini league, perhaps ever, especially since the introduction of Financial Fair Play rules.
As for the Premier League's competitiveness in comparison to the other major leagues, one thing is arguably true. The lesser teams do often give the better teams more of a game and occasionally pick up results against them more often. Burnley and Leicester tend to do better against Chelsea and Man City than Paderborn or Cordoba do against Bayern or Barcelona. Predicting the league though, is little challenge. Anyone with any knowledge of the Premier League could name their 1-20 in August and wouldn't be far wrong come May. In terms of diversity of champions, since its inception, there have been five different Premier League winners. In that time, there have been five different La Liga champions, five different Serie A champions and six different Bundesliga champions. Which league is supposed to be the wide open one again?
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