How many live games were there in the 70s and 80s on tv, a dozen a season maybe ?
These days (pre covid) you can probably without much hassle watch 3 or 4 games a day on tv, most days of the week.
So maybe a drop in fan interest is just down to football tv saturation ?
One thing I dont buy though is the media saying - big clubs dont take it serious - looking at the semi finalists and winners over the past 30 years and its a more closed shop than ever. Its the smaller clubs who take it less seriously, because the league means ££££££.
But yeah, I guess its lost some charm because there is so much footy on tv.