The lack of competition is one issue, but the biggest impact on football in England has been the appropriation of the old 1st Div by the clubs themselves and the formation of the Premier League and then the TV deal with Sky. At that moment the soul of the game was sold and replaced with a relentless marketing regime that was only focused on selling the Sky TV network to you. The changes in the laws, to foster "the beautiful game", emasculated the ability of teams to compete by outlawing tackling and in doing so enabling "he felt contact", as a legitimate excuse for awarding a penalty, nobody seems to counter with "but its a contact sport", the law changes are mostly European driven and have impacted here more as they have negated competition, to the detriment of the game as a spectacle.
I've said it before, nothing about the game today is any good, the further it has moved away from being a contact sport, played on Saturday afternoon in front of working class crowds who paid on the door to get in the worse the game itself and match day has become. We stood watching teams drawn from our own, competing against teams drawn from same, PL and the advent of Bosman and the age of the agent changed everything, today football is a pale shadow of its former self, but it is puffed up by the TV companies in pursuit of at first the ratings and the ad dollar, and now dominance of the cable into your home and the annual contract that accompanies it. The sport is a vehicle to enable that, nothing more. But we still buy into it, the allegiance is so strong that almost three decades in we still can't look away, they know that and that's what they utilize, the loyalty, passion, hope, love, hate even.....all good signals in brand marketing.
We were once a clubs supporters, now we are the "studio" audience attending the live broadcast of a franchise, the big changes that enabled that took place 28 years ago when seats were put into grounds and 1st Division became the premier League, today's issues with the club are a direct bye product of those initial changes, in many ways I envy Millwall or Southend or Orient, not ever having to deal with their club being devoured by the bull**** factory that is the PL/Sky alliance and the type of odious money grubbing opportunists it attracts into the game.
Shame really, it used to be fun.