Interview with Jonathan Clegg: The Renegades Who Launched The World's Most Televised Arms Race
Updated: Jan 21, 2019
On February 20th, 1992 world football changed. A domestic football league became a worldwide competition. The FA Premier League was born. Ever since, money, owners, agents, players and coaches have flocked in from around the world to get a piece of the action.
Today we examine the birth of the Premier League (PL) and try to look towards the future of it. Who shaped it? Who is currently shaping it? And what will it look like in a decade's time?
We are joined by Jonathan Clegg, who is an editor for the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of the new book that he wrote with Joshua Robinson, The Club: How the Premier League Became the Richest, Most Disruptive Business in Sport. If you're interested in the behind the scenes dealings of the PL (as I am) then this is the book for you. You can buy in on Amazon here.
In our conversation, you'll hear Jonathan and I discuss: how the NFL influenced the pioneers of the Premier League, will the Premier League play games in the US, what is the future of broadcasting and what parallels are evident between the European Super League and the formation of the Premier League.
If you'd like to reach out Jonathan and discuss this interview or the book with him you can him via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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9:10 How the NFL influenced the Premier League
18:30 The difference in NFL owners to PL owners
24:20 Will the PL play a game in America?
32:55 The brilliance of Richard Scudamore
40:48 The elimination blackout games
45:11 European Super League and PL parallels
49:30 The colluding ritual of daily newspapers