As the editor of this site, it is always great to receive, good or bad, feedback on any of the articles that appear on this site.
Being 100% unofficial, the site is there for the supporters to have their say and air their views.
Yesterday, we published an article – a-level-playing-field-or-not – which covered the fact that when it comes to Sky Sports televising, live, Championship games, there is a distinct imbalance.
The article attracted a comment left by JIM that offered a dramatic, but probably true, assessment of how football supporters are treated by the media when it comes to televised coverage of football.
Starting with why Blackburn Rovers appear to dominate the forthcoming coverage, the comment then goes on to place football supporters into certain groups.
Take it away JIM
“I’m guessing it’s because they’re on a run and scoring loads. TV producers look to the recent past for an indication of what the future will bring when it comes to selecting matches outside the top of the Premier League.
Sky, BT, Amazon, International broadcasters, and even the BBC and ITV all ruin football. I wouldn’t care less if no Luton game was ever televised live unless we weirdly found ourselves back in Non-League, and playing against a Championship or Premier League team in the FA Cup.
Remember the TV companies not showing us beating Norwich? Just like they screwed Kidderminster this weekend. Sods. That’s where the romance of the cup is. Not Moan U v Villa. And not Hull v Everton or Millwall v Palace.
1500 Saturday should always be our weekend games. Sunday 1230 was a pain last week. And Saturday 1230 this week is even worse.
And for what?
So, a few stay-at-home fans of both clubs can watch it? Or a few ex-pat fans on Sunday. Only a glutton for punishment watches those games or they’ve no skin it them.
The sooner we get back to the hierarchy of fans being:
– 1st Goes to every home and to away game
– 2nd Goes to every home and a decent chunk of away games
– 3rd Goes to every home game
– 4th Goes to 10-15 games a season
– 5th Goes to 1-10 games a season
– 6th Only watches their team on telly
– 7th Watches any old sh*te match on telly
Sure, there’d be less money in the game. But players and coaches would still want to work in their profession.
And most importantly, “legacy fans” would be treated with the respect their time and money deserve. As it stands, the hierarchy is pretty much the reverse of that, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to support a Premier League side.”
Powerful stuff, but it is hard to disagree with any of the points, football is fast becoming totally dominated by TV money, clubs are at the beck and call of the various companies and fans are forced to travel at very inconvenient times to arrive at away grounds before kick-off.
But, I fear, we are too far down the line for anything to change, how about you?
Please feel free to have your say in the comment facility beneath this article and my thanks go to JIM for taking the time to compile a great comment.
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