Can you imagine? It would make Football unwatchable:
- Some teams would have so much money to spend that it the league would only be contested between them. Other teams in the same league wouldn't even be trying to win, but would just be trying to finish above the other poorer teams.
- Players would be signed for their marketing and sponsorship value rather than for how good they were at Football. An English team would sign players from the Far East in the hope of selling a few more shirts in the player's nation or an American team would buy a popstar's husband to act as their mascot.
- Major tournaments would be played in countries with dubious human rights records where the weather conditions weren't right for the sport. If these countries were in the "wrong" timezone then games would be played at a bizarre time of day so that it worked better for the European TV audience.
- After years of everyone being perfectly happy to see drawn cup games replayed, they'd throw in some sort of artificial rules to spice up the action and make the calendar work more conveniently. If they were going to go really far, they could do something like having spot kicks decide the tie instead of a replay or say that one goal decides everything in the last half an hour.
- Historical teams would be taken over by wealthy owners who had no respect for the tradition of the club and made crazy decisions like changing the colour of the team's shirts.
- Everything would be covered in seemingly arbitrary sponsorship, from the players to the pitch. If that wasn't enough, they'd rename the stadia so that you were forced to namedrop a sponsor just so that you could explain where you were going that afternoon.
- If a player crashed to the ground, they'd bring in some sort of artificial safety car situation like asking the other team to kick the ball out of play until the fallen player could be taken away.
- The games wouldn't necessarily be shown on free-to-air TV, but might end up being sold to the highest bidder to broadcast on a pay TV channel. They'd be able to sell it for so much money that no one would even care if the attendances were good at the grounds, so long as the TV audience was big.
- If a town had a bit of money but no Football team good enough to play in the professional leagues, they could just buy a team that was playing somewhere else in the country and move them to their town. The authorities would ignore what the so called "fans" wanted and let the money talk.
- Elderly Football fans would hark back to the old days when, "the players were real men who didn't mind getting hurt. Not like these wimps playing today who demand a
safety car the moment it rains yellow card the moment someone goes near them."