Wow. I really don’t know what to say with this. I love me some Football manager but damn Sky Sports. So lazy. It probably would’ve been better if you hadn’t tried to explain what you’re doing analyzing real life with a video game. Even one as in depth as FM.
Well, that’s harsh. Seems like some perspective needed there but, again, I guess I can’t really say much as I haven’t watched the punditry. Guess it’s time to change that.
True, the summer will help the MLS in terms of viewership in the UK but realistically it’s not the only football competition during that time.
This year has the 2015 Copa America and Gold Cup and Women’s World Cup and next year is Euro 2016. Then again, it is the UK so maybe those first two competitions won’t have a huge appeal even if the second two do. It’s definitely a good spot for the MLS but one could also say it’s a bad thing considering these are all tournaments in which teams will be required to release players. There also summer friendlies as well to think about. The worry for MLS would be that the loss of some, if not most, of the leagues best players could put out a product that isn’t too appealing to new customers. Guess we’ll see.
The new Premier League TV deal has brought about so much commentary in the last few days it’s almost annoying to talk about already. Rather than stretch it out and put out multiple posts about the issue, I’ve just gathered what I’ve read throughout the web. They are all good reads but they all pretty much say the same thing anyways.
Which is that the new deal is good for the clubs, players and the Premier League and bad for everyone else.(Unless the clubs decide not to make it so)
If the Premier League and the clubs involved really want to make an impact then some of their billions, not millions, should go to grassroots efforts throughout the UK along with filtering down to the clubs in the Championship and so forth. Add on to that our previous post concerning the Premier League clubs not paying the living wage for the worker bees who run around on match day or keep things humming along on a day-to-day basis. Only one club, Chelsea, has committed to doing that and it’s disappointing that a club like Arsenal can consider allowing Arsene Wenger to give Abou Diaby a new deal when they can’t even pay minimum wage for the man/woman who cleans up his crap after a day of Deejaying(I mean rehab) in the club fitness room.
Then there’s the fans who may have to pay Sky Sports and BT Sports exorbitant prices just to watch the wonders of Sunderland etc in the comfort of their own home.
Guess we’ll see how it all pans out but here are the articles.
Our first business piece in a while, or ever, but a good one for sure.
This is an intriguing look inside the money surrounding the Premier League when it comes to broadcasting. BT Sport has definitely come in trying to rain on Sky Sports’ parade, and it’s interesting to note that they are the only ones left willing to challenge Sky Sports.
The fact that figures close to the billions, in the case of Sky Sports, are being spent for 116 live games out of a total of 154, when there’s actually 380 Premier League games each season is astounding. I do hope it gets to a point where all 380 games are broadcasted but that’s unlikely as stated in the article.
We’ll try to look more into the business side of things, not just with the Premier League, moving forward.
Until next time.