Originally Posted by martyncb
I might be completely wrong...
But i seem to remember that Sunderland were against the breakaway from the Football League.
Whether it was a good move or not can be debated really... but Sky's money would have been introduced into football somehow, even if it was shared more equally with all the league teams rather than mainly the PL.
SKY were nigh on bankrupt when the PL started and the money they put in comes from armchair football fans, and as far as I know SKY make a profit?
SKY are not some kind of sugar daddy who props up the Premier League out of the good of its heart. They are in fact the biggest beneficiaries of the boom years and effectively take money 'out' of the game. They did not build all the new stadia. The fans TV subscriptions did.
Sunderland were indeed against the break away and rightly so in my view. Prior to this, I still thought SAFC could win the league given a fair wind, a good manager and a bit of luck, after all the likes of Derby, Forest, Villa, Leeds and Man City had done it in recent memory. The likes of Watford and QPR had gone very close. Now I know I will never see my team win the top prize.
Please stop buying into their hype which credits them with everything that is supposedly good (and its usually the same things that many fans hate) about modern football.