The goals are formulated quite quickly, ambitious, high but also debatable whether a) necessary and b) realisable: Football should be maintained in its size, its top position among sports should be expanded. To this end, it should be made more exciting, more attractive and fairer, with the two being directly related. Very simple statements, which would be gladly approved by all sides, but which would continue to be met only with a mild to weary smile, due to the fact that they cannot be realised, or one might even call it “ridiculous”.
This is not a bad thing as long as one remains on the ball. The conviction that it can be achieved with an almost tiny effort sounds absurd, especially when one considers that – in terms of the rules part – it is supposed to be based on the demand to apply existing rules and merely calls for a rethinking process. Motivations, justifications, derivations and proof techniques will therefore play a central role.
For the second section on reporting – admittedly an almost exclusively German problem, but no less explosive in the German-speaking world in a German-language text like this one — the goal is formulated: Better, objective, at the same time emotional(ly) reporting. Of course, this point also serves the same goals. Maintaining and increasing fan enthusiasm, fan potential, making football bigger. Excitement, passion, enthusiasm, drama are to be contrasted with the sober but up-to-date analytical reporting. It can only be in everyone’s interest.
The third major section on the predictability of football and the betting market aims to bring gambling and betting on football matches out of the twilight, to prove it to be absolutely fair, additional entertainment that accompanies expert knowledge and could also increase the number of fans – who are mainly responsible for the growth of football – at will. However, there is a great need for enlightenment. Especially in Germany, where the state has secured a monopoly under the guise of “control and protection against gambling addiction” (status: 2009). The goal in this sense is therefore first and foremost education. However, it can very well be observed that a passion for gambling exists, but that people prefer to cover their mouths before admitting to having succumbed to it. Insofar as the apparently established knowledge that one can only lose when gambling cannot be proven to be valid, a partial goal would have been achieved. For this, a rather scientific path has to be taken.
The part of predictability sets itself the goal of satisfying the observed great interest in such a possibility. Provided that the information about it is provided, the whole part can even make a further contribution to achieving the goals by integrating it into the reporting. In good German: It would always be exciting to see how big whose chances really are, in the sense of probabilities. The only thing is that people do not believe that it is possible to say anything meaningful, let alone to put this knowledge, if secured, to economically advantageous use on the betting market. As soon as this hurdle of understanding has been overcome, the joy and enthusiasm will certainly be increased.
There is even the claim that it is so vehemently denied by the official as well as reporting side to have anything to do with betting, and to score a rather blatant own goal with this ill-considered measure. Because remember: a person who has placed a bet on a game is a reliable spectator. In addition, by the way, it is most brazenly put into the room that the alleged virtuousness and abstinence from betting is only feigned….
So it would be a double own goal.