Large, viable and successful clubs have become prime targets for take-over bids by international financial magnates. Some British Clubs are no longer British-owned and this trend is likely to continue well into the future.
Sport has become such big business that it thrives on success. This is the reason that even national teams no longer feel compelled to stay with national coaches. England of all places seemed reticent to take this plunge but eventually felt that it had no choice when it appointed Sven Goran Erikson as its manager for a few years hoping that the team’s fortunes would have changed for the better.
The emergence of Stanford in sport should really have come as no surprise to us in the Caribbean who took the time to understand what was and is happening around us in the wide world of international sport. That we remain light years behind the rest of the world in sport as we do in several other areas in not something of which we should be proud.
Money fuh so
Stanford’s Twenty20 competition took the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) by surprise. Why? Because the WICB is perhaps one of the most decrepit, backward and moribund institutions in the entire world. To state that the WICB is a fossil is perhaps being complimentary. Successive Boards have shown their lack of vision and utter incompetence to such an extent that the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has emerged long after the existence of the WICB and has forged itself into one powerful organisation influencing the game in the region. The WICB has been forced to adopt a ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ approach to dealing with the WIPA, a clear sign of chronic weakness on its part.
Stanford is in the business of money. He knows only too well how to make money and how to make it work for him. His seeming philantrophy may well serve to mask the reality that he is not in cricket to lose any of the money he and his family have made that allowed the Stanford empire to develop and sustain itself over the years.