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Team 33 | How should we confront dominance in sport?


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On Sunday, the Dublin senior football team extended their recent dominance of the All Ireland Championship to a fourth title in a row and a sixth since 2011 when they ended 16 years of hurt.  

It's a stellar achievement for this crop of player and a rise that can be attributed to more than just money and population, although those issues are certainly significant factors in putting the Dubs at the top of the Gaelic football tree. But the worry from many quarters is that this dominance will be extended and become the natural order of things for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, in soccer, the Bundesliga has seen Bayern Munich win the last six league titles, Serie A has experienced seven straight seasons of Juventus title wins (even if Napoli did run them closer than anyone had for some time last season) and but for Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone inspired elevation, La Liga had increasingly become a two-team league. That's not to mention the Scottish Premiership where Celtic now reign supreme or the Premier League where (the Leicester City season aside), you can almost bracket off the Top 6 in a different section. Finances are one of the key things that separate the elite from the rest.

But what is the effect of that sort of dominance by a single or small pool of teams on supporter interest levels? And should sporting bodies be intervening or interfering (depending on your point of view) to bring about more equality between teams?

This week on Team 33, Joe Coffey, Derek Ryan, Cian Roche and I debated the different strands of those arguments.

You can listen to the full chat on the podcast player or on iTunes: 

Team 33 | How should we confront dominance in sport?

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Apart from Gary Neville and Arsenal Fan TV founder Robbie Lyle, recent interviews on Team 33 include former Man United cult hero Andrei Kanchelskis, ex-England international Carlton Palmer, former Newcastle and Everton left back Alessandro Pistone, Chelsea legends Bobby Tambling and Paddy Mulligan, Dutch legend Johan Neeskens, ex-England striker Darius Vassell, Liverpool legend David Fairclough, former Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella, USA captain Eric Lichaj and former Everton forward Tomasz Radzinski. Plus our in-depth chats with Tony CotonPackie BonnerNobby SolanoRon Atkinson and Alan Curbishley are still available on iTunes. You can find them all in one place by subscribing to Team 33 on iTunes.


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