I feel I have to write this as I see it cropping up here and there and tbh there are a lot of great talking points on the whole issue with Sky and the EPL T.V deal.
Now first I have to say and accept that I know the English game has always been a better standard of football and generally the big teams, Man U, and Liverpool mainly have been fine for money before the billions came rolling in.
Players here strived to better themselves and if a chance came to join one of the "big" clubs down south then it was not an easy choice but one most players would likely take but not all.
I have no problem with guys wanting to sign for other clubs or play in a different league, I also don't have a problem with a club who have a bigger support such as Man U being able to spend more than a West Ham for example in previous years. More fans means more money, that is not my issue.
I used to enjoy the English league prior to it all changing.
Since Sky we have seen the player numbers rapidly increasing with the English clubs along with wages being INSANE due to the money they get, flip side of this due to Sky pushing the English game is more money again via sponsors and the growing T.V audience due to their excellent marketing of the league.
Some of these teams buy players up like there is no tomorrow and give them wages most clubs outwith the cash rich league cant afford, even the fringe players with no hope of getting first team action for the parent club.
Look at Patrick Roberts for example, Man City pay £12 million, MAN CITY who prior to the Shieks and Sky were absolute no bodies. Celtic get this young guy on loan and its quite clear who could be doing a job for a club somewhere, as in actually signing for a club where he will play.
Celtic could maybe afford him, who knows but its a rather big outlay and he will likely be on loads of money.
So many players bought and a small amount actually make a mark on the parent team, the other issue is the money some of these teams recoup via the loan system. Chelsea for example had 35 plpayers, yes 35 players out on loan...............that is fucking ridiculous, especially when they still had access to another 50/60 players, its just wrong and that situation would not be there if Sky had not of turned the tables.
The other issue for me is losing home grown fans, Ireland and N Ireland for example have always supported clubs outwith their own country. For what reason I don't know but its pretty common.
When I was at School not one single person in Primary or Secondary supported a English club. Sure people would say, Everton, Liverpool etc are my English team but we all knew like 1 or 2 players, few if any knew 4 or 5 or more.
Today young Scottish kids know more about the English game than the Scottish game, some actually support an English team over a Scottish one and that was exceptionally rare prior to Sky.
The league down south was and always has been better but we supported our own teams despite this...............right now young people are turning to the English game and that is due to Sky, not because the EPL is better as it always has been but because it is rammed down your throat and now our game struggles to attract 2nd division players from down south.
That was never the case before..............Sky has a lot to answer for and it has transformed the game not only in England for the better but Scotland as well in the other direction. Also read a piece recently from Richard Keyes where he says the big wig in charge at the time wanted to "Kill" Scottish football and stop talking about it on Sky during the failed TV deal back in the late 90s or whenever it was.
Sorry for the wall of text but though a few good talking points.................sensible ones now Dug. I know I have a hard on for Sky and yeah I might be totally jealous of the money they get but it does have a huge effect on our game.