Football's Rich Clubs May Run The Rest Off The Field

As disparities grow, national leagues are jeopardized

The Sept. 9 football match in Manchester's Old Trafford stadium wasn't much of a contest. Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes whacked in a goal a mere 13 minutes into the game, and two more easy Manchester scores put away a weak Sunderland opposition. It wasn't even Sunderland's worst defeat at the hands of Man U: Last time, it was beat 4-0. Although it's only three weeks into English football's 10-month season, BBC announcer Gary Lineker pleaded on air to Man U, which has won the FA Premier League championship five out of the past seven years: "Please leave us some suspense."

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