Prices - Football in this country is overpriced, especially in the way that away supporters get fleeced but looking at it from a 'value for money' point of in comparison to other leagues is too simplistic and reducing ticket prices is going to put clubs that struggle money wise currently into even further bother and will inevitably lead to an even lower standard than is already present . You have to look at it more like this, Scottish football is a niche product and if you want a niche product you have to pay more for it. I'm not interested in going down to Newcastle and watching a match for the same price I can watch us at Tynecastle. Therefore I have to put my hand deeper into my pocket. I'd LOVE for it to be cheaper but I really don't think it's possible. I'm probably prepared to pay £30 for a match. That's roughly in line with other live entertainment but I did recently refuse to go to Hearts because of the ticket price and I don't think that prices going over £30 is really feasible for clubs either, in fact ticket prices have generally stayed around the same price for a while now. So longer term with inflation factored in, I think the price of football is going to come down anyway.
Leagues - The set up now is in my opinion the best possible one we can have. Does that mean it's good? No, but that's the situation. At the end of the day Celtic are going to win (or possibly Rangers) almost all the time whatever the set up and that's proved by just looking down the list of winners. There has never been a format in the 100+ year history of Scottish football where the OF didn't dominate. The reason Dundee Utd and Aberdeen briefly challenged the OF in the early and mid eighties were more to do with socio-economic conditions and a couple of world class managers rather than league format. Right now, we have top six and Europe to aim at, play offs and relegation at the bottom end. That keeps most teams season as interesting as its going to be. Personally I'd like there to be two automatic relegation spots because I think it's important to freshen the league up every year. When only one team goes down there is too much sameness. The 16 team league has its merits but again, Rangers and Celtic will still win it, there will be more teams with nothing to play for and the 2nd tier of Scottish football will basically have to go semi-pro/part-time and that in the long term is simply going to destroy long established professional clubs who get relegated. Relegation is bad enough currently, but to get relegated into a 'seaside league' is going to end clubs.
Economics - Obviously Celtic and Rangers dwarf everyone else in terms of income but wealth distribution runs two ways. Would Motherwell fans be happy if David Turnbull's transfer fee was split between 42 league clubs in the interest of 'fairness'? Probably not. The economics of the game is tricky as often our supporters tend to look up as victims of unfairness without looking down. The truth is our club was at the forefront of the creation of the SPL, the single worst decision in the history of Scottish football, which cut out most of Scottish football and has led to the standard of the game is country to go into free fall. We were there saying yes, nodding our head and fucking the game in Scotland over because we felt we'd benefit. We also rolled over on Project Brave as soon as we got included. Basically we as a club as shown the same selfish self interest as anyone else.
Again in terms of comparing Scottish football to the NFL I just think that's way off. Ultimately the competitiveness of the NFL is down to things like the draft system, something that is incompatible with Scottish football, and the fact that two clubs don't generate 70% of the income.