English Phrase of the Month: Transfer Kitty.

25 01 2010

Since the transfer window is open, I thought that it would be an appropriate time to discuss another one of my favorite football phrases.  The Transfer Kitty.  I expected to go on to Wikipedia and find pages of information discussing the intricate details of this all important phrase, as well as the history of past kitties, or kittens.  However that was not the case, so here is the American interpretation.  Yes, I know that sounds like “get ready for a few words of simplistic ignorance”, but remember American sports is all about “show me the money”, so we have been programmed to follow the money.

The transfer kitty is the money that is given to the manager by the owners to spend in the current player market. This is based entirely on the financial strength and ability of each club taking their current lot in life into consideration.  It is a glorified allowance, but when you put a British spin on the word, it makes it sound grand.

That’s right NBA, NFL, MLB, the manager, not the President, the GM, or the owner’s son, is given a set amount to spend. They don’t have to wait for someone in the Executive Office to call them and let them know who they just traded, released, or purchased.  They are the ones making the call to the Office.

The manager then has the authority to spend on players that he deems best for his squad.  The manager knows the team best, and that is why he is given the kitty.  The manager can then dip into the market and see how far the kitty will take him.  Since any players can be bought and sold during the transfer window, the negotiations are sometimes tedious, but the rumors make waiting very exciting.

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26 01 2010
JBrown

Is this what was on your mind?
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=731455&sec=transfers&cc=5901&cc=5901

It’s not even so much that Ruben will be a great contributor to the club in as much as even coming from Villarreal’s Spanish Club there’s a level of matchless integrity U.S. money-mongreled sports professionals will never understand (cuz it’s all about the Benjamin’s baby).

In regard to athletics here in the states one is lead to both “hate the player and the game”.

WiganLatics!!!!

2 02 2010
dan

European Football = Free Market Economy > American Sport = Communism.

Taste the irony!! heheh 😉

Anyway, I’m really just stopping by to ask why Andy Brown has been so quiet of late? No pressure, but I’m expecting the mother of all pre-smacks in the build up to the Carling Cup Final against the “tiddlywinks”.

5 03 2010
Free Picks

That is too funny, the bulk of the public has no idea what transfer kitty is. Hopefully they appreciate it not being a feline.

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