The ESL would destroy football as we know it – it’s almost as if they don’t care | David Baddiel

The ESL would destroy football as we know it – it’s almost as if they don’t care | David Baddiel

The Guardian

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We all knew that eventually, money and corporate interest would mutate the game at the top level into something approaching Rollerball

In my children’s novel Future Friend, which I began writing in January 2020, the future is imagined as a dystopian universe where the presence of mutant viruses infecting the air mean that no one goes out. When it was published, in the midst of lockdown, I was therefore congratulated by some for my previously unacknowledged psychic powers. A not so noticed feature of the Future Friend world, however, is that football is still played there: but only in one stadium, above the clouds, and only the super-rich can go and watch games there. So, given Sunday’s Super League news, I say, just call me Nostradavidmus.

Or don’t bother. Because of course we all knew this was coming. We all knew that eventually, money and corporate interest would mutate the game at the top level, beyond what it already in so many ways has, into something approaching Rollerball.

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