How can a league which counts trips to Rotherham and Huddersfield as part of its schedule be floating way above the leagues which include former European cup winners like Ajax, Feyenoord, PSV, Porto and Benfica? Yes the Championship has Nottingham Forest, who had their heyday in the Clough era, but The City Ground isn't quite as glamorous as the Estádio da luz.
In the 2012-13 season the Championship had revenues of €508 million, well ahead of Portugal and Holland's top leagues. In fact the Championship is the seventh in Europe, in terms of revenue. As a result of the game becoming more and more financially driven, could we see stars like Gaitan being tempted by the Championship's big pay packets?
No. The emergence of such high revenue numbers only indicates that the likes of the level playing field of our second division. How else could the likes of Bournemouth leap up the leagues? Many complain about the divide between the top Premier League sides and the rest, but in places like Portugal, it is much worse. Aside from Benfica, Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Braga, the clubs survive on peanuts.
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The big reason why is TV money. In Portugal they negotiate the TV rights differently. In fact Benfica has its own channel to broadcast their own games. In Spain they have just changed how the TV money has been divided so that it is now equal. Surely Portugal must do the same or face being second best to England's second devision.
Recently I read that Middlesborough were ready to pay up to £14 million to sign Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes. I must stress that this is no more than a rumour, but still the thought to me seems ludicrous. A tally of 21 goals in 47 games is good but isn't amazing. Further more Rhodes has never played in the premier league, which surely is the aim of Aitor Karanka's side.
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Is the price tag because he is is British, however he only has 13 caps for Scotland. The fee can't be based on youth as he is 25 years old or potential seeing that was his worst campaign since 2008 -09 in terms of goals. Is it because he's British? That makes it sound worse than it is as he has scored over 20 goals in all of those campaigns.
Should Championship fans be excited by this prospect, or should we be worried that footballers valuations are inflated a lot quicker than we feared?
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