Better how? Athletes that run faster? Football matches that last more than 45 minutes?*
We may certainly miss watching our favourite spectacle, but we may not miss everything else that comes with it – most notably, what often feels like contempt for the paying consumer, and in particular those who go and watch their favourite teams and athletes, often at huge expense.Isn't it their choice, then? I like to buy expensive tech, they like to buy expensive tickets. What's the problem?
We can view Manchester United and Manchester City’s joint gift of £100,000 to local food banks in this context. We can also note that this sum, while a generous amount, is less than the weekly wage of many of their top players.So..?
How will it look if sport, oblivious to this suffering, continues to charge exorbitant fees for access to its events? How will it survive if it refuses to distribute its resources more fairly towards its foundations?Ah, of course. Socialism is never too far from the surface of any 'Guardian' article, is it?
* Yes, Reader, I had to Google that!