A large portion of our income comes from 'media' (63%) which is the money received from the sale by the EPL of the viewing rights to Sky.
With that pub landlady in Plymouth winning her case in the European Court for the right to choose to subscribe to a Greek service instead of the overpriced Sky, surely this will affect all clubs in the future as there'll be no such thing as 'sole rights'?
I can't see Sky paying huge sums for viewing rights in UK when they no longer have a monopoly.
Eric Myles, Posted 11/02/2011 at 03:56:21
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1 Posted 11/02/2011 at 14:13:34
2 Posted 11/02/2011 at 15:01:57
3 Posted 11/02/2011 at 15:16:32
Not the original report I read which made it seem a more clear cut result than this report does.
4 Posted 11/02/2011 at 15:17:31
Maybe it will herald the dawn of TV negotiating directly with clubs for broadcast rights?
5 Posted 11/02/2011 at 15:41:47
6 Posted 11/02/2011 at 16:01:23
7 Posted 11/02/2011 at 16:22:10
8 Posted 11/02/2011 at 17:05:34
9 Posted 11/02/2011 at 17:14:08
It's bollocks of course. I would pay to watch Everton on TV, but that doesn't mean that I would head for Spurs as the alternative.
10 Posted 11/02/2011 at 17:25:34
I'd imagine if all teams had rights to broadcast their own games, the gulf between the 'cash rich' clubs would only increase and the likes of Everton would do well just to thread water.
We just don't have the Global image to close the gap and a European breakaway league would be the final nail in the coffin for the Club, as we?d only exist in a second tier league with little hope of rejoining the elite.
11 Posted 11/02/2011 at 18:09:09
12 Posted 11/02/2011 at 19:32:37
These broadcasts are all foreign provided by Sky.
This will be the end of the gravy train as we know it. Cheaper for us to watch but a disaster for teams on a shoestring budget like Everton.
13 Posted 11/02/2011 at 19:57:29
That would be one way of achieving the much vaunted 'level playing field'. Everton would benefit from that situation because financially everyone would be dragged down to our level.
14 Posted 11/02/2011 at 21:37:51
Consider the EPL, that's 'active' sometimes the last kick of the season with teams either fighting to win the title or Champions League, or Europa (Yeah, alright) or relegation, and it keeps the interest alive and the football competitive.
A European super league would at a stroke make at least 50% of the fixtures meaningless with football to match. A terrible idea.
15 Posted 11/02/2011 at 21:54:48
All Everton need to do is sign the most popular player in China give him a few games a season then get the pay-per-view people involved.
£1 a game with an audience of 200-300 million and hey presto, our money worries are over.
16 Posted 11/02/2011 at 22:03:17
I can't see this European super league ever getting off the ground. All the likely members of the league are big fish in their own pool ? would any of them be happy as also-rans in a bigger pool? Also, it would exacerbate one of the criticisms of the CL format ? it's just the same teams playing each other every season & the lack of variety makes the competition less enthralling.
As for each team negotiating their individual tv rights ? would a majority of the clubs vote for it? I think most would fear a handful of clubs taking the lion's share & making the league even less competitive.
17 Posted 11/02/2011 at 22:46:37
Say for instance that Chelsea had its own arrangement with TV. When each of their home games is televised their opponents would demand an equal share of the SKY cash. 19 times per year other clubs will benefit from Chelsea's TV deal.
Multiply that by the number of clubs in on such a scheme and we are almost back to square one.
Ultimate winners would be SKY who could deal individually with clubs and hold them to ransom.
18 Posted 11/02/2011 at 23:10:41
Not all, however, are bad ? one potential solution is that, instead of the EPL being sold to different broadcasters around Europe, as per now, you actually sell to just one.
The price then goes through the roof....
Another option is that clubs deal directly with broadcasters and keep their own share of the pennies.
19 Posted 12/02/2011 at 00:56:49
Tony (#9), I would pay for a TV season ticket living overseas, I sort of did when I lived in Seoul, I subscribed to Everton TV so I could at least get the highlights.
20 Posted 12/02/2011 at 02:09:03
Plus TV rights in China are worth jack shit. People won't pay, so the TV company that originally had the EPL rights flogged them off to an ISP, that broadcast for free, with paid ads bringing their revenue.
Similar story with World Cup games. The rights in the foreign market are only worth what people will pay ? where there's no competition, there's no money.
Hence why the Greek TV deal at the root of this story was cheaper.
21 Posted 12/02/2011 at 03:15:35
22 Posted 12/02/2011 at 09:03:59
No owner, no matter how rich, is going to keep putting his hands in his pockets for ever without the back-up of Sky money to use for petty cash and prawn butties at half time. Money is the curse of football and a lot more besides.
23 Posted 12/02/2011 at 10:00:56
To the overseas fans that watch Everton every week for free, that's because Sky sell the rights to the foreign TV companies. This wouldn't happen if the clubs were selling their own TV rights. You would have to pay, just like everyone else.
24 Posted 12/02/2011 at 10:17:09
Investors could have a realistic business plan if they new what they were dealing with long term.
25 Posted 12/02/2011 at 11:51:22
26 Posted 12/02/2011 at 17:41:29
27 Posted 12/02/2011 at 19:12:20
28 Posted 13/02/2011 at 04:24:24
I expect many overseas counties have the same equivalent service.
29 Posted 13/02/2011 at 10:11:36
It's just that I will not pay a Sky subscription to watch Man Utd every week.
Anyway, I watch it on the internet and although the streams can sometimes be shit, they are getting better. I can only see them improving.
Another missed opportunity?
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