Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Red Carpet for Soccer Fans

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Red Carpet for Soccer Fans

Article excerpt

IN Mondayas Expert we often cast admiring glances towards professional leagues in far- away places and especially the way they are administered.

Usually this involves salivating observations about how much money they make through sponsorship or broadcast rights as well as the eye-watering salaries of their star players.

Inevitably this points in the direction of the EPL, to the NFL and MLB in the US and maybe the NBA.

Rarely do we dream of a league known by more than its initials and rarer still do we fall head over heels with a German version.

But thatas exactly what has happened to me and the Bundesliga.

As a sport administrator from way back, itas not about the playing side, apart from a few snippets I am yet to see much Bundesliga action, but I am, nevertheless, smitten.

It started with a brief flirtation and some glib comments, but it has matured into a full blown bromance.

Is if to consummate our relationship, two of their finest in Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, put Spanish blue bloods Barcelona and Real Madrid to the sword in their respective Championas League semi-final legs.

It seems as if the Bundesliga is the complete package when it comes to how a professional league should be set up and administered.

While not without its prob- lems, it possesses what is known as the aholy trinitya, the vital combination of broadcast rights, sponsorship and match day revenue.

The competition is stable, the clubs almost exclusively owned by the fans and finally they are experiencing sustained success on the field. …

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