Monday, May 23, 2005

new york times & manchester united

To the Editor:

So ManU has more fans in Asia than in Manchester. Comparing a city of approx. 6 million with a continent of some 3.8 billion is hardly fair. Citing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an example of success of foreign ownership has nothing to do with international competition. World Champions? how about letting the rest of the world participate in your so-called World Series/World Championship sporting events? You end with a quip about Arizona being a lot nicer in winter than Manchester. I can hardly dispute that, but for all the true soccer fans that have put up with the miserable british weather, week in week out to support their local team..I have two questions for you; when did that last happen in Arizona? and how many fans in Asia do they have?

Mark A. Solomon

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