WHY money is killing the game

July 22, 2020

Football no longer takes place on an even playing field. The rich are getting richer and the not so rich are getting left behind, both financially and on the pitch. The gap between the top teams – such as Barcelona, Manchester City, Liverpool, Real Madrid, PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus – and the rest has been getting bigger and bigger in recent years. As a result, football is becoming more predictable. Kick off! reporter Thomas Lemmer explains why football needs to change in order to save the game we all know and love.

Report by Thomas Lemmer
Camera & Editing: Thomas Lemmer

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  • Another great production. The most underrated sports channel on youtube.

    ZringMalti July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • did you really translate bayern münchen to bayern munich ? i mean cmon if you translate a name do it right

    Dat Dieter July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • And still they want a European Super League

    Simon Eminger July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • IMO the Premier League is the best european league because it is competitive and even someone like Leicester can win. The other extreme is La Lige because it's basically just Real and Barca and maybe Atletico Madrid, Bilbao, Villareal and Sevilla. Real and Barca may be the best in Europe, but the english teams profit from strong competition and are now even winning Champions League again

    Simon Eminger July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • The goal of european teams is just to get better and better than anybody else. One advantage of the american model (where the main goal is to entertain and make money out of it) is, that the american leagues actively work against dominating teams by giving the worst teams of the last season the best chance at the drafts etc. In Europe, a first step would be more equal TV rights distribution. Even although Bayern München would directly lose money, they would definetly proft from a more competitive league.

    Simon Eminger July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Great documentary. You've just earned yourself a new subscriber.

    ghalib iddi July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • True, super true
    I think money should be equally distributed
    Specially on CL, it would make small leagues way better
    And the big clubs already have sponsorship money anyway

    carlos mendes July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • I see this phenomen in Football Manager to. Man. Utd & City, Liverpool, Chelsea, PSG, Juventus, Real Madrid, Bayern and Barcelona are the only clubs with really large transfer funds. All other clubs are followers.

    Chairman Mjau July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • This if football communism… equal tv money for all clubs seems a terrible idea. Salary cap could make sense though not like these players are going broke.

    D3REK July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Oh boohoo. Just stop. It's bad until the club you support gets a new, Forbes list making owner and is being tipped for UCL glory. Then it's fair play.

    Prince 13 July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • top flight prize money should go to the clubs in the lowest tiers

    Paul Hammerstrom July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • To me the complete opposite is true. Teams like City, Liverpool, Juve, Bayern, and PSG have shown just how entertaining the sport can be. Although it is not fun to watch your smaller team be constantly beaten by the top teams, think about how amazing it would feel if you beat a top team once every 5 years rather than every other season. Ajax had an incredible run through the champions league, but how special would it feel if they had beaten real or Juve every other season rather than every other decade.

    Pierce Whitlock July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • I think the salary cap will do the more than enough.

    lucky dhiman July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Before I start, I need to say your channel is one of the best coming up or trying to come up with new ideas or new ways to envision football and for that I want to say congrats and hope you get more views and subs than you have because you wholeheartedly deserve it.
    Play off system: it's a dumb idea. NFL has it because they don't haveany other competition for their teams to participate in. Meanwhile, in today's football you ahve the league, the cup(which is the play off you guys want) and probably a league cup, while you can qualify for Uefa Cup or Champions League. And of course it's unfair to work your ass off being first with a huge lead just to have it shaved and have the same chances as the 4th placed to winning the title after 30something games.
    Equal tv cash: Also a shit idea. The big clubs have a bigger cut because they are the ones getting most of the views, they are getting more and better sponsors because people watch their matches. They get a bigger cut because they are the reason the competitions have the popularity they have.
    Draft system: as far as I know, every team has or can make youth academies, that way they can make sure they will have future players for which they will have paid little to no transfer money. The US draft system is a flawed one from which only 2 competitions (NBA, NFL and their respective NCAA) benefit. They players that get to be drafted are first chosen by the best colleges(like Dukes, Yale or Columbia) which only offer them a scholarship, they don't get paid for what they put in, they are the ones making the money for the competition.
    Salary cap: this is something I could get behind, but with some changes. I'll explain at the end.
    Changing rules: only if that rule is obsolete. Banning the dunk because Jabbar was too good at it is like banning free kicks or long shots because Pirlo is too good at it. Why punish a highly skilled player for what they can do but others can? An example of a good rule change would be the offside, now that VAR is implemented. There's no need to waste good minutes using complex algorithms to see if a player is offside by 2cms. Use it only if he's clearly in offside.
    What the competitions can do to even the play:
    Salary cap after a team reaches a certain treshold. That way you can make sure big clubs won't buy all the good players from the small clubs, rendering them weak.
    Harsher financial fair play involving only transfers. Teams need to have a balanced transfer window after they get past a limit on their transfer. For example, if a club pays under 50million to transfer in new players, there should be no sanction, but if he spends over 100m, then they need to balance it by selling players, that way you don't get teams like Bayern buying Lewandowski from Dortmund and don't get teams like PSG or Man City ruining the league.
    What teams can do: try to play a better football, make it more exciting, don't just park the bus and hope for a draw. Go all in, the fans are coming to the stadiums to see something, not a shot training exercise. The teams should gear up and try riskier tactics, ones that at least makes something happen on the pitch. Make the game worth watching.
    What fans can do: just don't show up at a game, if the game it's not entertaining, why even come to watch it?

    bocalex23 July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • A "soft"-salary cap would be a good idea, like the MLS "soccer", which allow 2 star-players per team above the salary cap, for example FCBarcelona could still pay the "trillion" euro salary to Messi, and a second player, but the rest must fit the salary cap.

    mms July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • As a Celtic fan I approve of this. Money is making us giants smaller every year

    Stephen July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Well this is partially correct, clubs also need to be run efficiently by making right use of funds. For example, Schalke in bundesliga earns more than most other clubs when you combine tv rights money with kit sponsorship. Yet Schalke has failed to hold on to their best talents as also looked incapable of replacing the exodus of star players with appropriate talent.

    Aniket Sengupta July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • 9:11 In American BASKETBALL and baseball teams cannot dominate like Bayern in football in Germany
    Golden state Warriors: Am I a joke to you?

    Emīls Matiass Reinfelds July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Corona Virus : Hold my beer

    Numan Dut July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Excellent video, I got to learn why the sport we love is becoming more and more unequal. I think the change will take some decades to occur, big teams won’t allow to decrease their TV revenue easily. Football is a great business, but we gotta decide what is more important; business or the competitiveness of the sport

    Sports Business Review SBR July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Interesting, there is socialism in US sports

    Kolendamp July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • They are hacking minds like the politicians your support is mental control there's no difference between one team to another just the money you and all the people like you can give em the same for videogames today everything runs equal you the customer always lose can you imagine if you were just enjoying the old things that were good for sure? They will be knocking your door

    Bongorraunoch Totelonotel July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • The sad truth is that in time the rising costs of players, already many teams even in the premier league can't afford to buy that man players. in time if this keeps going on even the most richest teams will struggle to buy players.

    HistoryFan476ad July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • When a small club fan complaints and bitches because they can't rise up lol

    kaziabir1 July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • 10:23 – "A true champion must be able to beat every competitor" , well the idea your proposing is the ability for teams who lose more games to still be able to win, so that statement doesn't really make sense?

    Joao Dejesus July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • In the Premier League the last 10 years have seen 5 different winners. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Leicester City and Liverpool. Kind of destroys the your argument at least in the top division in England.

    Alexander McMullan July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Amazing video.
    You guys should check the Colombian league system. Emotion till the very end.

    fuckenxio July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • I know, here's a crazy idea, but why not just share out the money more equally, not on the previous history of the club, or the size of the tv audience for that country. That and a salary cap and limiting the size of squads so clubs can't just hoard players that they never intend playing, that would definitely help. But the big clubs hold all the power, and they are owned by big money, and FIFA and UEFA is still very, very corrupt, so I don't see anything changing anytime soon.

    Matt Potter July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Two Words: Market Pool. Sadly, I can't see a game of, let's say, Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio vs Atletico Madrid selling the same amount of money just in TV Commercials Air Time, Amounts of Views, movements in bars/pubs and overall Expectations than a Barcelona vs Real Madrid.

    That IS SAD. I remember the days of Champions League not being dominated by a dichotomy. The same applies to National Championships, Bayern Munich has the whole 1.Bundesliga as it's main source of players. Happens the same with Juve (fino alla fine)… Düsseldorf or Parma just can't compete. I blame this on consumerism, on making this sport a revenue generating industry.

    Guille Rodríguez July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Tbh, American sports (no matter what you think of the sport) has the correct formula: salary caps and trading players

    Bartek Reinders July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • The MLS is less competetive because of the draft system and teams having nothing to lose. Sometimes teams sit at the bottom of the league and just wait for the play offs to come around and hope for a win. Some owners don't spend on transfers or try to bring exciting new talents to their teams because everthing is equally distrbuted . So a poor season is still a winning season in terms of profits for these owners. The current footballing business model of Europe forces owners to spend money to improve club proformance. Some owners have more money to spend than others and club popularity equals more profits as well. I think a change in the approch from smaller teams when facing the Finacial giants in thier leagues will help the game more than the North American sports team franchise system uses in the MLS.

    Krishan VEVO July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • My idea is to limit the number of foreign players on the playing 11 based on the previous seasons results. You tackle a lot of problems with this. 1. Other European Leagues get to keep their talents.
    2. Local footballers have more chances to get into the teams
    3. No more pay to win clubs, which straight out buy the competition.
    4. The value of some players might go super high, but in general the average price will get lower because there will be a lot of offer.
    5. Investors will turn their sight in other continents too and football might flourish in other continents.
    6. Talent will be more valuable, i hate to see James Rodriguez spend his time on bench wherever he goes. Teams will be more thoughtful with their purchases and how they treat players. Also Real M will not keep him 'hostage' with a high buyout price, because it is not worth it to keep someone that will never play.
    A lot of you might disagree, but a distribution of talent would give us more competition.
    This can be regulated by the same coefficient that UEFA has. For example the team with the highest average coefficient (respective to their league) in the last 3 years, can only play 4 non-national players on the starting 11, 2nd 5 and so forth so on, i hope you get the idea. And you keep adjusting every 3 years.
    I hope this does not get lost in the comments and please feel free to debate this idea.

    Fabio Reci July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Football needs to be balanced!
    We the fans are the power behind UEFA and the big clubs. Cooperation will be needed. Even if it's between me and Tottenham fan🤢.


    believe it July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • first idiotic video from your channel

    Rupayan Halder July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Looking back at what happened to Monaco, it's really sad.

    Ehiokioya Joshua Uyiosa July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Australia has a salary cap, but after watching this i want to keep it

    Juicy Jason July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Covid 19 took a chance to balance the game I guess!

    fawaz fawzu July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • The money to buy good player are not the only reason to the extended gap
    I think that players benefit a better training and can produce more good games per year in comparaison to the past

    Vince Salamander July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • All money 💲💰💸

    Pawan Dhami July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • The game is getting quicker and faster and better

    BK gamer July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • Here in Mexico we have "la liguilla" which is basically a play-off with the top 8 teams of the league, and if anything, it makes the tournament more fun. My idea for Europe would be to eliminate the national Cup that nobody cares about (like the carabao Cup in England) and use a system similar to the one in Mexico were the top 8 teams go to the play-offs, but unlike the LigaMX the 1st place still wins a title like in the NFL were the winner of each confederation gets a trophy, that way you also recognise the effort of being consistent all season. And idk maybe separate the money you currently give to the champion in 2 and give one half to the 1st place of the league and give the other part to the winner of the play-offs.

    Miguel Angel Gloria July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • If you equally distribute the UCL money, teams such as AEK Athens would obliterate their leagues for years to come

    Nikhil Vaidyanathan July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • I fucking aggree these. Football players needs to get rid craze for money.

    Taziah Slentiller July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply
  • He’s suggesting us to start a riot, Interesting… Count me in my brother!

    Aldair De Jesus Hoyos Torres July 22, 2020 1:28 pm Reply

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