The top six will continue to pull away from the rest as the revenue gap increases - Johnny Cantor
For every supporter in blue and white stripes, Saturday was a special day but there was no doubting which semi-final managed to provide the most entertainment on the pitch.
Most neutrals would have enjoyed Watford’s fightback against Wolves. Some may say that the Manchester City goal Albion conceded in the fourth minute effectively killed the game off but the Seagulls had a few chances and could have been playing against 10 men for much of the match.
As so often against a top six side this season in the Premier League, they stayed in the game. That may be more and more difficult for clubs like Brighton and Hove Albion in the future.
There is currently a gap of 14 points between Manchester United in sixth and Leicester, who have played a game more, in seventh. Last year the final points tally from sixth to seventh was nine.
Effectively the rest are playing amongst themselves. We often hear how teams fail to ‘take on’ teams like Manchester City.
Yes Wolves have shown they are one team that can pull off the odd upset against Manchester United but is it realistic to think those clubs currently occupying the bottom half of the table can regularly challenge the superpowers?
Liverpool have lost once this season. Manchester City have 47 more points and have scored 51 more goals than the Albion.
The elite teams have argued that they deserve more revenue from TV as they deliver the global audience. Burnley against Huddersfield anyone?
For over a quarter of a century the money from overseas rights has been distributed equally to all the clubs. That will continue but any increase in the future deals will be distributed and determined by where a team finishes.
In this country of course the bigger teams are already shown more on television and therefore take more of the money. A supporter or administrator from one of those clubs would say that it is justified. However, we will continue to see the ever increasing gap between the haves and have nots.
Of course EFL and non league receive a drop in the ocean but the Premier League look set to continue to see a larger gap between the sides that challenge for Europe and the also rans.
This is not to say that supporting, playing for or even covering a side lower in the Premier League is not enjoyable.
A battle for survival can provide plenty of drama and excitement but also potential pain and heartbreak.
In a way that was what makes the weekend trips to Wembley even more special for Watford, Wolves and the Seagulls. The FA Cup and League Cup provide the only realistic chance of glory.
Leicester fans may disagree but as the revenue gap increases so will the results and the title will be shared amongst a small group. For the Albion the next seven games will determine whether they can ‘stay in the game’.
Sometimes it feels like a business rather than a game but you have to be in the top-flight if you are realistically going to have a chance to make another trip to the North Circular or have a crack at beating the biggest clubs in the world.
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