Originally Posted by D14Rugby
A football club is a representation on the area its from. If you see it as just a football club I really feel for you.
If that were the case why not shut down every league in the world and just have one big super league and everyone can just pick a team in that and "support" them?
That's why MK Dons are so hated, the Kilcoynes are hated, so on so forth. If football clubs were purely sporting then ripping them out of their area would be no big deal.
Why do we have club football then instead of just having regional provincials and internationals like county cricket? Or NFL franchises that are for the whole of a city?
Arsenal was founded for workers at the Royal Arsenal. Presumably nobody else should have supported them, except workers and their families?
Sheffield Wednesday should still be playing on Wednesdays?
Why do clubs even sell TV rights? On your logic the only people who should be able to see a game are those in the ground.
We don't even need national leagues, local teams for local people, just have a city league for all the teams within the same city. Save on travel expenses.
On your logic you shouldn't even cheer for Man Utd if you are from Manchester, unless their ground is the exact closest to you as the crow flies over all the other teams in the pyramid that are based in Manchester?
Fanbases come in two sorts, the ones who go to the games and the sometimes larger sometimes smaller fanbase of fans who view on TV. Clubs want both and have valued both since the 1980s. If they moved they would lose one kind, if they cut off TV rights they would lose the other.