- Manchester United alone spent £149m in this last transfer window
- The number of seats in their stadium Old Trafford is about 75,000
- Ticket costs are about £45
- There are 20 home league matchs
- So the basic income from their product is 75,000 x 45 x 20 = £67.5million
- Perhaps someone could explain the economics?
Newcastle United (the Magpies) is so called since the 1892 merger of two clubs Newcastle West End and Newcastle East End. In a similar way, by the time Rome had fallen to barbarians and the Emperor was ruling from Constantinople, the Greens had absorbed the Whites and the Blues had gobbled the Reds so there were just two teams to play chariots. There was money to be made from racing seven times round the stadia of the cities of the Empire but it was far more dangerous than kicking the bladder is today and so, in a sense, the charioteers earned their salt. Then as now, more money was probably made by the agents, bookmakers, race-fixers and hangers on than by the chaps in the firing line. It was common for supporters of the opposing team to be assaulted both in and outside the amphitheatre or for missiles to be fired at the chariots. A cry of "Foul" could result in a riot that spilled out onto the streets and left hundreds dead.
most infamous of these incidents started on 13th January 532 in Constantinople when Justinian was Emperor and his wife Theodora, a former entertainer and courtesan, was the power behind the throne. There is a lot of contemporary evidence that Theodora wore the trousers and certainly seems to have had more backbone when the chips were down. Both Emperor and his wife were partisans of the Blues, although Herself was a late convert to the cause.
"Νίκα! Νίκα!" (Win! Win!) was raised. The Mob United rampaged through the city, looting and setting fire to what they couldn't move. The Capital was sacked for 5 days straight and Justinian was all for sailing off into the sunset but Theodora said "Imperial Purple would make a fine shroud" and organised the recovery. This involved suborning the leaders of the Blues with money to leave the stadium where everyone was whooping it up and then sending in a column of heavily armed Thracian and Gothic soldiery who thought chariots were for wimps. They say that 30,000 people, mostly Greens but many others beside, were butchered by the aliens that afternoon in the hippodrome. That might amount to 10% of the total populations. Modern football hooligans think they're well 'ard but the penalty is more ASBO and less Goth-with-Axe. The representation of Nike/Victoria [L] is the Siegessäule, Berlin commemorating bloody victories of Prussia over the Danes, Austrians and French in the mid C19th . . .
The "Nika" riots had destroyed large sections of the city and Justinian took the opportunity to start building the Hagia Sophia, which was completed in 537 and was still working its romantic magic when I visited in 1999. Not without a silver lining, then?
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