Premier league football is the most widely televised league in the world. It is a global phenomenon. It earns millions of pounds, attracts the best players from around the world, and is one of the great sporting spectacles. It has become the world's league, based in the UK. The most globally recognised institutions of the UK are our football teams - the Premier League has made the UK relevant to every football fan around the world.
Premier league football has risen to this global preeminence from a background of football hooliganism and being the work class game. Its transformation is in large part thanks to the European football league, the Champions League. The Champions League has allowed the Premier league to attract the world's greatest players and promote the Premier League teams on an international stage. The success of the Premier League is due to, in large part, to European football. If the Premier League teams didn't play in Europe, they wouldn't be able to attract players like Aguero, Costa, Sanchez; and it wouldn't be able to retain players like Lampard, Terry, Rooney.
The same logic applies to the UK's membership in the EU. Because the UK is in the EU, the UK is given international status and preeminence on an international platform - that is important globally as well as continentally (just like the Champions League). It is able to attract the best companies and the best people in the world (just like Premier League football).
Just like how European football has made British football influential and relevant around the world, the EU has made Britain relevant and influential around the world. The departure of Premier League teams from the Champions league, would be just as foolish as the UK exiting the EU.
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Last edited by Classical Liberal; 10-01-2015 at 13:59.
- 10-01-2015 13:35
- 10-01-2015 15:08
Was sure you were a euro-skeptic for some reason.
But you make a fair argument. It can be advantageous to be a leading member of the worlds largest market rather than a small fish in a very big pond.
- 10-01-2015 17:39
Except the champions league has lots of non EU countries in it and the analogy doesn't work because the champions league is to play football the EU makes laws that often go against UK interest to favour the eurozone