Completely agree with Andy and Thomas below. That West Ham article is one of the worst pieces of sports journalism I have ever, ever read.
Completely agree with what Andy has put below. A complete lack of research on this article from a via biased angle. It's also a 54,000 seater not 60,000.
Nice try though. Gold Star
Your piece about West Ham's move to the Olympic Stadium misses one important element - research. What you fail to appreciate is that West Ham have a very large following in the Essex/Hertfordshire area and the club have an active database of supporters that is over 200,000. In fact the club have over 500,000 followers on Facebook. In terms of fanbase, the club is bigger than Chelsea in the pre-Abramovic days and hence the move to the Olympic Stadium makes affordable football watching even more of a reality to those who struggle with the high prices charged at Upton Park. These prices are there because of the restrictiveness of the capacity of the current ground and the need to compete financially in the Premier League. The FFP rules that are coming into play make it even more important for a club to generate high gate receipts because a club cannot guarntee the revenue from a final league position and there is a substantial revenue difference between 10th and 17th in terms of prize money. Basic maths will show this - 35,000 x £50 = £1750000 a game, 60000 x £35 = £2100000 a game - a aving for the fans and £350000 additional revenue per game.
Ask a diehard West Ham fan with 2 kids which he'd prefer - 3 tickets to Upton Park and a £150 bill or 3 tickets to the Olympic Stadium for £105 then most would reluctantly take the latter, purely because of the nostalgia of the former.
Having visited the Olympic Stadium during the games, I can see that it's unfortunatley not been designed for football - due to the stubborness of the last government, but the transport links and space of the park means that West Ham HAVE to move there in order to grow and compete.
Take the history of the likes of Upton Park and Loftus Road, but see the restictiveness in terms of finances and the competitive nature of the game as it is now and you'll see that it's a move that have to take place and one that the Board have to get right.
West Ham don't need to sign a Korean to get people to watch, they just need to offer their existing fanbase football at a reasonable price.
You write well - supremely well. Love your refreshing perspective and masterful humor. I hope (against hope, maybe) that your writing volume increases on here despite QPR's relegation. (Hope we'll be seeing the Royals back up soon!)
Its rare to see a QPR fan on B/R............
No problem, Emma. Commiserations on the drop, by the way. It must have been harder than usual to have to write about it!
You're welcome. I hope QPR can return to the EPL.
You're welcome :)
No problem Emma, the whole relegation/promotion concept amazes me, It's nothing like what we have in America and I find it to be one of the best aspects of the EPL.
No worries! I like some of the ideas you have for articles, they really deserve more reads :)