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Premier League blowouts are hurting league’s competitiveness

World Soccer Talk is the weekly soccer podcast on the topic of watching soccer on TV, online and apps.

In the NEW episode, number 45, Kartik Krishnaiyer and Christopher Harris cover a range of topics including:

• Why this Premier League season is sucking the enjoyment out of watching good soccer,

• News about the USA’s final two World Cup qualifiers on US TV,

• More details about FOX’s plans for next summer’s World Cup, as well as

• A big boost in TV ratings for the Bundesliga on US TV, as well as

• Feedback and questions from you in the Listener Mailbag section.

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  1. Paul

    October 6, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Since it’s formation in 1992 the Premier League as always been a two tier league with the same teams dominating the top 4 places. Occasionally another team crashes the party, Blackburn champions in 1994/95, Newcastle runners up 1995/96 to name 2 but since the turn of the century, with the exception of Leicester City, it has been any 1 from 3 for the title and any 4 from 6 for the Champions League.

    The bottom of the Premier League is more exciting, especially over the last few years with newly promoted clubs not being automatic relegation teams.

    The Championship is more competitive and with a fullish bag of big clubs with a huge fan base. In England, more and more fans are turning to watching lower leagues, even the Non-leagues are seeing an increase in attendances.

  2. Dana Minor

    October 6, 2017 at 8:46 am

    Enjoy the podcast very much. I have a couple of things I want touch on.
    I have pretty much stopped watching Premier League games. Leicester winning the league notwithstanding the PL has become a play thing of a handful of oligarchs passing the title back and forth. As you guys said the league is really two leagues. One league of six teams and the rest.

    About CrewSC ratings and attendance problems. I am a season ticket holder and have been for many years. Since Anthony Precourt took over as investor/operator the team has improved the fan experience 100% over how things were from when the Hunts were “running ” the club. I put the running in quotes because they had put the club on auto pilot and were concentrating on FC Dallas.

    Early in the season we were drawing abysmal numbers about 12-13000 in the stands. Fortunately things have picked up as the season has gone on. But my friends are worried that Precourt and the league will begin to look around for places to move the team if things don’t improve. What are attendance numbers like in other mid sized cities?

    Last,I hate to be that guy but i’ve been a Bundesliga fan since the Soccer Made in Germany days so I have to let you know it’s pronounced Hair-tuh Berlin.

    Keep up the good work.

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