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> Again by who?
> The reason that universities can compensate
Mate, do you have any idea what you're even talking about? You literally just contradicted yourself in the very next sentence.
> I don't think you can beat this system.
Well, we ARE talking about sports. Amateurism is failing. And I suggested a superior one. One that actually works. It's called the free market. Capitalism also tends to work outside of sports too. Weird.
> And from a sports perspective I really don't see how you could manage leagues with this many participants across genders and geography.
Weird somehow the rest of the world does it alright. lol
> They are not compensated as well, if you will.
Lol. My friend. They cannot be compensated because the market is closed off. However, we do know based on their closed-market value that they are being compensated at least $200k.
Ya know what, I'm done. You clearly lack an understanding of free-market principles and your bias of collegiate athletics prevents you from having a rational conversation about it. All I can do is suggest a book for you. Cheers!
To follow along with /u/cieldarko 's recommendations I'd like to add Money and Soccer by the same author of Soccernomics. Fascinating read.
Th Numbers Game is another fascinating book using advanced metrics and new age thinking to soccer. It helps explain some of the trends and isn't particularly difficult/dense as you'd think. Quite an easy read.
Stefan Szymanski, author of Soccernomics, has a new book out: http://www.amazon.com/Money-Soccer-Soccernomics-Unterhaching-Scunthorpe/dp/1568584768
> I fail to see how that's at all relevant to the point.
Because you knew that if you acknowledged that 2018-19 was one of the very best title races in Europe over the last ten years then you would look ridiculous for claiming that "the title races in the PL are a joke."
> You're kidding yourself if you think guaranteed qualification for the CL would've put any English club above Real Madrid or Barcelona in the rankings for the past few years.
Not Real, given the three consecutive championships, but Liverpool should obviously be ranked higher than Barcelona and Atletico given their title last time and runner-up finish in 17-18.
> The point is not whether or not the gap exists financially, but rather sportingly. The two are not as tightly linked as you'd imagine
They're very tightly linked. “This does not mean that spending guarantees championships, but that wage spending dominates in any explanation of the relative status of clubs over time.”
> This is not entirely true, there's still a €50m gap between first and last place
You're wrong, they get the same amount in TV money from the Premier League. You might be getting confused about the differences in facility fees, merit payments, and Champions League success.
> Based on?
Based on clubs like Getafe finally being able to acquire players.