I have been a Mohan Bagan fan since 10 years of age and closely followed the heroics of an attacking Chuni Goswami and a defender Jarnail Singh,and other MB players in my younger days. The rivalry between MB and EB has been fierce and could match many other rivalries between two teams in some countries. I got to set foot in the MB stadium in 1962 during my first and only visit to Kolkata and my parents relented when I insisted that I wanted to see the field where MB played. Unfortunately, there was no match on that day and I saw an empty stadium.prasen9 wrote: Bhusan, the people of Kolkata passionately support their teams and turn out in large numbers --- most international tournaments used to be full. Now, if you are stressing on the second part on not accepting mediocrity, then what are the spectators to do? They can just stay home. However, at least my Bengal (30-15 years ago) was passionate about sports. Staying home was not an option. Improving the quality of the game is more of a job of the administrators. The spectator has a decision whether to buy or not to buy. In monopolistic markets like what we have for sports, the spectator decides to buy even if the product is not great skills-wise. At least, they are treated to great rivalries and exciting matches even if the skills level is low (for football).
Other than the Indian cricket team and some club teams in football, few or if any other teams have big fan following in India. Although it is the duty of the club owners or administrators to ensure that the team has quality players and develop young talent, most teams in India do not do so and the fans also do not insist on development of players, better facilities, good coaches, etc. It appears that EB is not doing well this year and I have not heard much hue and cry from the fans, but can you imagine the fury of the fans of Yankees, UT Texas Longhorns (football), football clubs in UK, etc if their team was not doing well? They would demand a change in the coaching staff or donate money (to college teams) to improve recruiting, etc -- be proactive to improve the team. I do not think that the fans of leading club teams in baseball, soccer (Europe), American football and basketball would accept mediocrity in their team.