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    Post How Americans became soccer's biggest villains...

    How Americans became soccer's biggest villains...

    Despite a century-long rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United—teams which represent two of the most powerful industrial cities in the North—their fans have a lot in common. The hideously botched attempt to create the now-infamous European Super League (ESL) has followers of the English Premier League (EPL) going after a somewhat new, and easy target: Americans. Specifically, billionaire American owners of EPL clubs that fans believe are a result of, and complicit in, the ongoing “Americanization” of football. At least nine out of the 20 teams in the EPL are fully or partially owned by Americans.





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    European soccer is fan-based, centred on competition, with the hazard of demotion to minor leagues should the team not play well enough. Money helps, but the possibility of a rags to riches Cup run is always there too, for a tiny club to win their way to a championship.
    The Superleague looked to impose the American vanilla model where rich franchisees lose the jeopardy factor and simply play a round robin tournament over and over with the same clubs.
    News: Rich people paying rich people to tell middle class people to blame poor people.

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    “It’s been very, very negative,” says Mike Parrott of the United Muppetiers, a supporters page for Manchester United. “They’ve turned it from a football club into a business.”


    And there's the bottom line. True, diehard fans never want to view it as a business, and the owners seldom ever see it as anything else. That tension has existed in American baseball for the last hundred and fifty years. If it wasn't American billionaires running the show, it would be British or Japanese or Saudi billionaires.

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