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McDermot Exit Won’t Effect Smashed Olive’s Pizza Sales: This Was Never Primarily A Football Stadium Anyway [opinion]
By Harry Hotspur -

I commend you to read this piece from Forbes that uses linguistic fancy footwork to distance Daniel Levy from the footballing disaster that’s clearly unfolding at Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Financially, things for ENIC could not be better. Of course, it’s not impossible for things to be better, I mean an alien spaceship could land in Mr. Levy’s parking space at the stadium this evening and leave skip full of used notes behind, but beyond that…

As far as “our” football is concerned, this site has made a rather convincing case for it being an afterthought, in ENIC’s brave new world. Surely even the staunchest fans of Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy are having difficulties reconciling that particular curveball?!

Look, refuse to listen to me. Listen to one of Levy’s enforcers, this was NEVER primarily about football.

“It is an NFL stadium and that’s the key message. From the very start during the design phase, we have had the NFL in mind. The anchor tenant is Tottenham Hotspur, but this is designed to be a permanent home for the NFL outside the US.”

Is being anchor tenant necessarily a bad thing, I am mean, really? “Anchor tenant” used to mean something in retail once upon a time. They were stores that were never going anywhere, like House of Fraser, HMV, British Home Stores, and Debenhams. Times change.

Today, John McDermott bailed on Spurs. The list of personnel that also clearly didn’t buy into ENIC’s brave new world makes for uncomfortable reading. It includes Kyle Walker, Christian Eriksen and anyone else that declined to sign for us recently, including sponsors of the stadium itself. It also remains strange that the NFL is still reluctant to commit to more than 2 games per season.

What does the future hold? Not very much football-wise, one might reasonably speculate.

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