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Player Power, Bill Shankly and Changing US/UK Media Rights (This Week In Soccer)

Due to popular demand, we’ve decided to add an audio version of This Week In Soccer for your listening pleasure. Moving forward, we’ll be releasing audio and video versions of each episode.

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand-new video show on World Soccer Talk entitled This Week In Soccer. The first episode is now available via audio, via video and on YouTube.

The concept behind This Week In Soccer is simple. Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at the hottest topics in world soccer each week. For example, we examine three subjects on the inaugural episode:

One. The role of player power and whether the transfer window should be abolished.

Two. In light of David Peace’s book on Bill Shankly, is legendary Liverpool manager Bob Paisley unfairly ignored? And…

Three. The changing landscape in soccer media rights in both the UK (Sky Sports and BT Sport) and US (NBC Sports, as well as new daily shows from FOX Sports and ESPN).

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  1. goisles01

    August 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    great show, very inciteful.

    I want to add that, sports in general are overflowing in hypocrisy. Here in the states you have an abundance of clubs rich in tradition and history that have their “way”. Most of them, if not all, have talked and talked it up but in actions ignore their own “way” for winning results. Clubs like Notre Dame, NY Giants and NY Yankees always talk about how character is important and then continue to acquire problem-like players thinking they can turn them around. Most of the time they’re wrong but these players help these teams win and as long as that happens nobody cares. Its only when the human element comes into play and players fall is the Notre Dame “way” or the Yankees “way” threatened. So when u say “The Liverpool Way” denotes arrogance and that arrogance creates hypocrisy, isnt that the case with any other historic club?

    In the case of Rooney, Suarez, and Bale, I find that fans in general root for the crest on the front of the shirt not the name in the back. Fans hold no loyalty to players if they dont perform, clubs have no loyalty to players if they dont perform, but fans and clubs expect players to show total loyalty to them at all times as players come under criticism for contract holdouts or transfer requests. If that player doesnt perform fans have no problem running campaigns to get that player out of town. Teams have no problem, except when it comes to contract value, getting rid of that player. I have no problem with a player using whatever leverage he has to get himself out of a situation or to get more money or to better his life because in reality there is no loyalty in sports. Derek Jeter and Steven Gerrard are examples of players that showed loyalty to their original clubs but those clubs are steep in winning tradition and finances that they can compete with opposing clubs looking to take them away. You wonder if Jeter played with the Pittsburgh Pirates or Gerrard played for Sheffield Wednesday would they show the same loyalty? If they havent had Hall of Fame careers would the clubs? The answer most certainly would be no.

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