Stadiums are clearly the new silverware. The trouble with sport, see, is its unpredictability. From a business point of view, at least.
There are 20 teams in the Premier League, for instance, and only one can win it. Not great odds if you deal in pounds and pence and common sense. So it only makes fiscal sense to recalibrate what constitutes success and what screams ‘WINNER’ louder than a glitzy new pad replete with a microbrewery?
Take Tottenham Hotspur. They haven’t won the English league since 1961. Yuri Gagarin was making history as the first man in space back then, The Guns of Navarone was big in the box office, and George Clooney was melting hearts from his crib. It’s 11 years now since they have won anything of note and even that’s debatable, given it was only a League Cup.
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