Your article (Report, “Football spat focuses on motives of US owners”, October 14) acknowledges that US sports leagues allow for more even competition.

I am an A-level student with an interest in both UK and US sports leagues.

My EPQ (extended project qualification) in the first year of sixth form looked at how commercialisation has impacted the Premier League and the National Basketball Association, and how these leagues maintain a competitive balance.

Contrary to popular opinion, my findings showed that commercialisation has actually increased the competitive balance in the Premier League.

I also showed that due to rigid framework and regulations in the NBA, commercialisation has actually had relatively little impact on the NBA’s competitive balance (which is higher than in the English Premier League).

Competitive balance is arguably the most important long-term determinant of success and sustainability in a sports league.

The current debate regarding the reorganisation of the UK football pyramid should consider the role of competitive balance, and aim to increase and not decrease it.

Max Davies
Upper Sixth, Cheltenham College, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK

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