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Re: The Yellow Away Kit may be a thing of the past
Posted by: RadioFreeArsenal
Date: 21/05/2012 18:40
Quite simply in the case of particularly European Sports and Football Clubs are community entities unique to their communities and part of them.

Oddly enough Arsenal is one of the very few exceptions historically to that axiom, but at this point no one would dispute that is a prt of Highbury and Islington and that is a major factor in the relationship between the Club and its supporters.

All you need do is look at the number of Professional (Football League) and semi-professional (Conference) teams located in Metroplitan London. There are fourteen professional and several semi-professional clubs in London alone. Contrast that with the fact that there have never been more than three manjor League baseball teams in any American Metroplitan area, and now there is no American city with more than two teams.

One can argue that some of these fourteen sides are "minor league" relatively speaking but right now, five of those teams played in the Premier League this year and six of them will play in it next year, and three more have played in the Premier League since 1992 and eleven of those sides have played in the Premier League or First Division.

That points out that European Football especially in England is not governed solely by pure tradtional business models as you suggest. The nature and number of sides proves that, as well as the differing ownerships models in practice across Europe and even to an extent in England.

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