We Can’t Be Held to Ransom by a TV Deal

Once again the fear of losing out on a poor TV deal has raised it’s head as a reason for allowing A Newco Rangers into the SPL. We have heard this being raised over the past few months and it’s about to be ramped right up by the media until the SPL vote on whether or not a newco will be allowed into the SPL.
Currently the SPL have a deal worth £80m which runs till season 2016/17. It is a joint deal between ESPN who mainly get the ‘smaller’ games ans Sky who always get the Glasgow Derby. From a Celtic point of view it only accounts for 2% of our annual turnover. I can’t give figures for the rest of the SPL because I don’t have them however this is how it works:

All revenues generated by the SPL are effectively put into one pot. A support payment to the SFL and parachute payments to recently relegated clubs are then deducted from that pot.  All associated costs of running the SPL are also deducted.The remaining amount is split two ways to the member clubs: 48% is divided equally between all 12 clubs while 52% is distributed to teams dependent upon their final league position. The higher up the table that a club finishes, the more money they will receive.

So this probably ranges from Celtic receiving around £2.5m which then degrades as you go further down the final league table plus a parachute payment for the club dropping down to the SFL.
So what do us fans get for this money ? Dates and times of matches constantly changes throughout the season sometimes with the minimum of warning. This is a big problem from fans who travel from outside Scotland to attend games as it leads to problems with travel and accommodation bookings having to be changed. A perfect example is last seasons game between Celtic and St Johnstone which was moved from a 3.00pm saturday kick off on March 31st  to a Sunday 1st of April with a 12.45 kick off time with only 2 weeks notice. I personally know and was with Celtic fans at that game who had to change flight’s and accommodation at their own expense. So no consideration is given to the fans.
What do we get as a product ? In my opinion and I’m sure many will agree apart from the Glasgow Derby we get a poor presentation in terms of the number of camera angles, commentary and post match analysis. Also the TV companies involved do not put enough effort into promoting the live games and the game in Scotland in general. We have commentators and pundits who constantly run the game in Scotland and the SPL down as if it is some sort of thing that they have to attend rather than wanting to attend.
Now compare this to our neighbours down south. The EPL have just signed a £3.018bn  for the same period of time. The matches beamed live from the EPL in terms of viewer quality is top notch. More cameras at every game regardless of how many games they broad cast over a week end, A  fantastic advertising campaign with commentators and pundits alike promoting the game and the league in general in a very positive manner even when the games are poor.
At this point I’d like to echo an issue one of our contributors (Mrhappy) raised that any suggestion that there must be 4 Glasgow derbies guaranteed every season or the deal is off. Which is tantamount to a form of match fixing. Unless matches are rigged there is no guarantee that a newco Rangers would make the top six when the league split therefore there would only be three Glasgow Derbies that season.
I have pointed out before that we live in a new media age which the SPL should be embracing. There is a good chance that the SPL could set up it’s own pay per view deal for both live TV and internet broadcasts. They could also sell packages to overseas media broadcasting companies. This would cost money to set up and may take a time to cover the cost of the investmet but I’m sure it would be a success and help maximise coverage of the SPL on a global basis.
So for these reasons we should not be held to ransom by SKY,ESPN or any RFC Newco wanting to jump the queue straight back into the SPL.
Personally I believe we now have an excellent opportunity to reshape not only our game but how we package,promote and sell it in a global market place. Or maybe I’m just another internet bampot talking 99% crap.
 

Comments

  1. If sky pull the plug all scots footy fans worlwide should pull the plug on sky n defect to another subscriber….hfh

  2. If sky pull the plug all scots footy fans worlwide should pull the plug on sky n defect to another subscriber….hfh

  3. Couldn’t agree more. The quality of ESPN is very poor to say the least and some / most of the pundits couldn’t articulate the analysis of a football match supposing their life depended on it. If this is the reason for keeping Cheats F.C in the SPL then I will simply cancel the ESPN deal.

  4. Couldn’t agree more. The quality of ESPN is very poor to say the least and some / most of the pundits couldn’t articulate the analysis of a football match supposing their life depended on it. If this is the reason for keeping Cheats F.C in the SPL then I will simply cancel the ESPN deal.

  5. Hey it was this Internet bampot who raised the issue of demanding 4 old firm games in a contract was akin to match fixing! I also agree with you on the quality of product we get, especially from espn, is it just me or does it seem like they use cheaper cameras when filming spl games? Either that or they turn the brightness and colour filters up to full when broadcasting EPL games!! Honestly even when it’s a rubbish wee ground in the F.A cup down there the quality and color of picture looks different! And don’t get me started on Craig burley! The guy clearly doesn’t like Scottish football or indeed Celtic for that matter, so why use him to ‘promote’ our game?.
    Equally mark Hatley and Colin nae dosh Hendry are both bumbling amateurs who don’t have a good word to say about Celtic or indeed a bad word about RFC**! Ray Stubbs tries his best but knows fuck all about Scottish football!! So in summary take your tv deal and ram it up yer jacksie! We don’t need yer pishy £2m, and who knows maybe if the games aren’t on tv then maybe, just maybe people might be tempted to go see their team in REAL 3d! No glasses requiered!
    Rant over!
    **denotes soon to be liquidated

  6. Hey it was this Internet bampot who raised the issue of demanding 4 old firm games in a contract was akin to match fixing! I also agree with you on the quality of product we get, especially from espn, is it just me or does it seem like they use cheaper cameras when filming spl games? Either that or they turn the brightness and colour filters up to full when broadcasting EPL games!! Honestly even when it’s a rubbish wee ground in the F.A cup down there the quality and color of picture looks different! And don’t get me started on Craig burley! The guy clearly doesn’t like Scottish football or indeed Celtic for that matter, so why use him to ‘promote’ our game?.
    Equally mark Hatley and Colin nae dosh Hendry are both bumbling amateurs who don’t have a good word to say about Celtic or indeed a bad word about RFC**! Ray Stubbs tries his best but knows fuck all about Scottish football!! So in summary take your tv deal and ram it up yer jacksie! We don’t need yer pishy £2m, and who knows maybe if the games aren’t on tv then maybe, just maybe people might be tempted to go see their team in REAL 3d! No glasses requiered!
    Rant over!
    **denotes soon to be liquidated

  7. Its ok jamsey bhoy as long as any issues pertaining to RFC** being allowed straight entry to the spl are raised then I alon with all the other Internet bampots will be happy!
    **denotes soon to be liquidated

  8. Its ok jamsey bhoy as long as any issues pertaining to RFC** being allowed straight entry to the spl are raised then I alon with all the other Internet bampots will be happy!
    **denotes soon to be liquidated

  9. What people seem to think, and it is a bully scare tactic designed to make us think this, is that without Rangers(Newco), Scotland will get absolutely no tv coverage whatsoever. There are plenty of examples of countries who are on comparable deals and don’t even have the punch and judy show that can be Celtic and RFC(Oldco). They also have a lot smaller game attendances and get a comparable amount, so we are actually being done out of money when you compare other countries’ deals. Is everyone trying to say that Scotland will not be offered any deal at all if RFC (Newco) don’t get to play in the SPL? Would the fans not see that as bullyboy blackmail tactics by the tv companies and as mentioned already it is nothing more than matchfixing? The decision for us would then be, actually do we want this tv deal with such conditions attached? If I was any of the directors/chairmen from the SPL, I would be saying to the tv companies that they would get more competitive games without Rangers. It won’t be a two horse race any longer and competition will be tougher. Other teams will compete for cups and hopefully the league which everyone thinks Celtic will romp away with, quite wrongfully in my mind. I would be asking them to take a chance on investing on the future of the Scottish game and trying to raise the standards of the product for external markets. Small steps, but it could be done, and that’s where we need great marketing men. If they want to give us some rubbish watered down deal then walk away. They don’t give us much in the first place so we could look at other ways of getting the game out there. However, I don’t think for a minute that they won’t offer some kind of deal. Everyone talks about the loss of £80m revenue. No that is quite wrong and absolutely absurd. There will be loss of revenue, but it’s nowhere near that amount, so I wish would people, particularly those in the media, would stop talking as if it we’re losing £80m in one fell swoop. It is nothing but a red herring.

  10. What people seem to think, and it is a bully scare tactic designed to make us think this, is that without Rangers(Newco), Scotland will get absolutely no tv coverage whatsoever. There are plenty of examples of countries who are on comparable deals and don’t even have the punch and judy show that can be Celtic and RFC(Oldco). They also have a lot smaller game attendances and get a comparable amount, so we are actually being done out of money when you compare other countries’ deals. Is everyone trying to say that Scotland will not be offered any deal at all if RFC (Newco) don’t get to play in the SPL? Would the fans not see that as bullyboy blackmail tactics by the tv companies and as mentioned already it is nothing more than matchfixing? The decision for us would then be, actually do we want this tv deal with such conditions attached? If I was any of the directors/chairmen from the SPL, I would be saying to the tv companies that they would get more competitive games without Rangers. It won’t be a two horse race any longer and competition will be tougher. Other teams will compete for cups and hopefully the league which everyone thinks Celtic will romp away with, quite wrongfully in my mind. I would be asking them to take a chance on investing on the future of the Scottish game and trying to raise the standards of the product for external markets. Small steps, but it could be done, and that’s where we need great marketing men. If they want to give us some rubbish watered down deal then walk away. They don’t give us much in the first place so we could look at other ways of getting the game out there. However, I don’t think for a minute that they won’t offer some kind of deal. Everyone talks about the loss of £80m revenue. No that is quite wrong and absolutely absurd. There will be loss of revenue, but it’s nowhere near that amount, so I wish would people, particularly those in the media, would stop talking as if it we’re losing £80m in one fell swoop. It is nothing but a red herring.

  11. My understanding was not that there had to be 4 Celtic Rangers games but that both teams had to be in the same division.
    That’s the impression given from the goons on radio openlines.
    One thing that occurred to me recently was that given the extent and scale of RFC(IA)’s cheating it would appear that the last time they were honest was before David Murray arrived. That would mean sometime around mid 80s is when their cheating and stealing began.
    And what condition was Scottish football in prior to their cheating??
    Well let’s just reminisce about Aberdeen beating the cream of Europe (like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Hamburg) to win the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup. Not to mention three league titles and several other good runs in Europe to Semi finals.
    Then there was Dundee Utd. A league title, several European runs which included a final and at least one semi final and victories against AS Monaco, Borussia Mönchengladbach, PSV Eindhoven, Anderlecht and Werder Bremen.
    And who could forget Hearts…..who came within 7 minutes of winning the league in 1986. Runners up again in 1988.
    Yes, that was Scottish football prior to the RFC(IA) cheating and stealing.
    Since then we’ve had only two teams win the league, several enter administration (excluding RFC), Gretna died, Celtic almost disappearing, abysmal runs in Europe with only occasional runs lasting beyond Christmas and two teams reaching Euro finals (compared with Euro wins and several semis and quarters from 1980 – 1986).
    Anyone who says we need RFC(IA) clearly has an agenda and should be reminded of how healthy Scottish Football was prior to their shenanigans.
    RFC(IA) are the death of Scottish Football.

  12. My understanding was not that there had to be 4 Celtic Rangers games but that both teams had to be in the same division.
    That’s the impression given from the goons on radio openlines.
    One thing that occurred to me recently was that given the extent and scale of RFC(IA)’s cheating it would appear that the last time they were honest was before David Murray arrived. That would mean sometime around mid 80s is when their cheating and stealing began.
    And what condition was Scottish football in prior to their cheating??
    Well let’s just reminisce about Aberdeen beating the cream of Europe (like Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Hamburg) to win the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup. Not to mention three league titles and several other good runs in Europe to Semi finals.
    Then there was Dundee Utd. A league title, several European runs which included a final and at least one semi final and victories against AS Monaco, Borussia Mönchengladbach, PSV Eindhoven, Anderlecht and Werder Bremen.
    And who could forget Hearts…..who came within 7 minutes of winning the league in 1986. Runners up again in 1988.
    Yes, that was Scottish football prior to the RFC(IA) cheating and stealing.
    Since then we’ve had only two teams win the league, several enter administration (excluding RFC), Gretna died, Celtic almost disappearing, abysmal runs in Europe with only occasional runs lasting beyond Christmas and two teams reaching Euro finals (compared with Euro wins and several semis and quarters from 1980 – 1986).
    Anyone who says we need RFC(IA) clearly has an agenda and should be reminded of how healthy Scottish Football was prior to their shenanigans.
    RFC(IA) are the death of Scottish Football.

  13. Re: davybhoy, even demanding that Celtic and RFC** are in the same division is akin to match fixing, you might as well say neither can be relegated or if one is relegated the other goes with them!
    **denotes soon to be liquidated

  14. Re: davybhoy, even demanding that Celtic and RFC** are in the same division is akin to match fixing, you might as well say neither can be relegated or if one is relegated the other goes with them!
    **denotes soon to be liquidated

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