Sports Letter: Premiership under threat from below

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The Independent Online
Sir: I believe that there is a trickle of people going to watch football at the lower levels and at cheaper prices and without forecasting that this could develop into a flood, there is a real danger that football at the higher level is overselling itself. The days of the "floating" supporters must be almost over as going to a game without a ticket is not really feasible, especially at Premiership matches.

Now with television jammed with football games and prices high, the bubble could burst for many Premiership clubs in the near future, and that could lead to a European league for the few (mostly watched on television) and a back-to-the-future situation for many other clubs. Meanwhile, as some are discovering, there is life outside the big leagues and maybe a longer and cheaper one too.

Terence G Springthorpe,