An Endorsement: Sunderland ‘Til I Die

The second season of this Netflix docu-series was released recently and it remains a winner.  Following the ups and downs (mostly downs) of one of England’s most beloved soccer clubs, the show is both enlightening and entertaining.  Documentaries are inevitably less ‘real’ than they present themselves to be, but the show deserves credit for the relative amount of candor and transparency on offer from club officials.  I especially recommend this to American viewers who are curious about the mechanics of the professional league structures in other countries (promotion/relegation, transfer windows, loans, etc.).  Toward that end, it’s a must watch for sport management students with an eye on professional front office jobs, as it does a great job showing the range of inputs and constraints that executives must navigate at this level.

Here’s the trailer for the first season:

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