Richard Murphy says:
April 21 2021 at 11:40 am
£20 a week when I was a boy
That may not have been enough
But it kept football accessible for all
It isn’t now
April 21 2021 at 11:54 am
OK, so what would you say is equivalent of £20 a week today for this occupation? How should it compare to other occupations? Are you saying it should only be a part time job (ie players should supplement their incomes with another job)?
Are you saying the principle of ‘accessibility’ should be limited to footballers, or would you want it extended to other occupations where access is an issue (and if you dig far enough, that is pretty much everyone).
Richard Murphy says:
April 21 2021 at 12:06 pm
£20 a week would have bought a very comfortable house in most party’s of England and Wales in the era I am talking about with an earnings multiplier of less than 3.
What do you think is required?
I could be more generous than that.
But current salaries are certain to exclude most from active support. Why is that reasonable?
Why isn’t a ticket price cap acceptable?
Touts can be identified these days
That’s a good memory. The £20 a week cap was abolished in 1961. At which time Murphy was, I think, 0 years old.
But note what the position really is. Salaries paid to the finest sportsmen of our time, the peak of the very creme de la creme, should be no more than what might buy a comfortable house. Presumably because oiks should be paid less than professors or accountants – there’s that class system to maintain doncha know.
Oh, and this price should be determined by the P³, not by anything so crude as the people actually taking part in the activity. Oh, and, umm, maximum wages create a monopsony, something highly illegal under EU rules and rightly so.
Which is before we even get to the idea of maximum ticket prices. Given that, absent coronavirus, grounds are full these days what shortage is there of people able and willing to pay the current price? And how would he deal with the excess demand caused by lowering said prices?
Well, obviously, yes, we know, it’ll be responsible workers and the apparatchicki first in line for the allocations.
He’s recreating the Soviet Union step by step. That cabbage price cap did work out so well……