A popular, and a real criticism made by fans and pundits alike is that "football today is mostly not a sport anymore, it's a business". Poor player conduct, high ticket prices and a host of other grievances are blamed on this fact.
In my opinio, football clubs are too often run like a business. On the other hand, some football friends told me that If they were, financial collapses like those at Portsmouth ,Rangers, Parma,Fiorentina etc. might have been prevented.
The influence of commercialism - kick offs times, ticket prices, sponsorship deals and the resulting revenue growth has done wonders for the look, feel and quality of modern football. But real businesses believe in things like cost control and turning a profit. Most football clubs do not, but they need to survive in this money and a bussines market and era so they kick football passion on the side and become football business corporations..
I have a mixed feeling on this matter, and i would like to believe that most football clubs are not running a business today to only earn money and make new profits, but i'm afraid that beliefs are one thing and reality is another.