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Avoiding the need for a lengthy preamble, Michael Cox gets straight to his most important argument in the opening lines of The Mixer, noting that, “The introduction of the back-pass law in 1992 had a transformative effect upon football. Not since 1925, when the offside law was altered…had a law change been so effective in improving the spectacle of the world’s most popular sport.”
In a rare example of sporting and commercial serendipity, the new rule was introduced at precisely the same time as Sky were desperately keen to repackage football (remember the cheerleaders and other pre-match razzmatazz?) and sell it to subscribers. Yet this simple rule change made the game faster because goalkeepers could no longer pick the ball up from a back-pass.
“Sky were hugely fortunate,” notes Cox. “Without this significant improvement…the Premier League wouldn’t have developed into the multi-billion pound product it is today.”
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A couple of years ago, your correspondent had the good fortune to work with Graham Taylor on a season-long football project. A thoroughly decent man, he was always well prepared, his hand-written notes crammed with summarised answers to every possible question he might be asked. His answers were, of course, supplemented with a deep football knowledge; frankly, what he didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing. (read review)
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