Originally Posted by LawrenceMD
great so there is a total of 2 teams that broke into the last decade of dominance of Man U/Chelsea/Arsenal. of course soccer is going to be fucking close games... they only score like 2 goals in 90min/game. soccer is weird... there can be one sided totally dominate games and still end in a fucking tie. Or really close games that end 2-0. 2-0 could be a blowout.
the whole reason Man City won last year is that a billionare owner spent loads of cash to get players (since there's no real salary cap).... oh yeah... thats how Man U, and Chelsea operate too.
Arsenal does go creative and win with on a budget, but thats because they moneyball/scout/analytics the shit out of their player acquisitions + they still have a pretty good budget to begin with to spend on superstars.
in the last decade its been the huge money teams that end up as champions in all the major soccer leagues.
In football, yes, 1 - 0 can be a blowout, even 0 - 0 can be. Its more nuanced since its a low scoring game. I've seen 4 - 0 games that were close as hell for 75 mins. With football talent is really watered down across the pitch. Not in the NBA. A superstar striker may only touch the ball 20 times in 90 mins whereas in NBA he'd get 20 touches/quarter.
Its much harder to be dominant in football unless you spend in 22 positions. These top teams play so many games that you basically need 2 squads. NBA has fininte number of games. A top club like Barcelona can play up to 70 x 90 min matches in a year. And relegation adds lots of interest.
All told, it adds up to a pretty exciting league even if it seems only a few teams win and wealth is consolidated among a few clubs.
Same goes for F1, only a few very rich teams win but this last season was one of the most exciting ever.
I realize I am kind of contradicting myself here, but these 2 sports underwent decades of utter dominance and boredom.
In F1 the democratization of technology and testing/spending limits has made a huge difference. Also, many more great drivers out there being spotted.
In football, there is such a huge firehose of big time talent out there that its much easier to have a very competive squad for a fraction of the price. The Bosman ruling as well as extensive scouting and frankly shit like youtube has really engendered parody. Look at Borussia Dortmund, they spend a fraction of what Chelsea, Man City, Barca, Real Madrid spend, yet they play the best football in the world at the moment (at least I think).Edited by idfnl - 12/11/12 at 11:08am