It’s hard to believe that it’s been well over twenty years since the old Division One changed to the Premier League, bringing in massive TV deals, money and worldwide audiences for the top tier of English football. During that time, we’ve seen major changes to the sport both on and off the pitch.
The days where you could be sat next to your favourite player on the bus home from the game is a myth to younger fans. In today’s Premier League world, the idea of footballers being normal human beings off the pitch is simply preposterous.
With broadcasting giants like Sky, and now BT, pumping billions of pounds into the top flight, they’ve created a mega-rich league.
The money that Premier League clubs are receiving does have its benefits; with many clubs now boasting impressive training complexes with advanced facilities and new stadia.
But whilst these clubs get richer, ticket prices for games are soaring, which is slowly killing the game, and driving away passionate fans who can no longer afford to support their beloved club.
Whilst the analysis from top, former professionals on Sky Sports and BT is mostly welcomed by football fans, their broadcasters are what’s pricing fans out of going to actual matches.
This is in stark contrast to football in Germany, where tickets for games are generally more affordable for the average fan, with safe standing zones in stadiums implemented all over the country, and banners and flares encouraged for a better atmosphere.
Not only do fans of Bundesliga clubs get a better match day experience than the fans of Premier League clubs, they also witness a similar, if not better, standard of football as the Premier League.
It was only two years ago a report found that the German Bundesliga ranked the best value for money in Europe, with the English Premier League coming in at fifth.
The most expensive single match day ticket in the Premier League is £97 for a seat at the Emirates Stadium to watch Arsenal. The cheapest is £39 to watch West Bromwich Albion play at The Hawthrons.
In the Bundesliga, the average cheapest single match day ticket price is €10, with the most expensive being €47.
Football in England has a lot to answer too, and is a long way away from being on the same level as Germany.