>> Whatever happened to Jack Robinsons so-called agreement with SKY that all
>> clubs would have equal showing on T.V.
>You may find that having your team on TV every week is not as good as
>it may seem at first. The choice between an afternoon in the pub
>or paying 7 quid to stand up at the ground becomes quite a tough
>one to a lot of people (myself included). You may find the Reds
>need all the income from gate receipts they can get.
Given the choice between watching in the pub and going to the ground
I would go to the ground every time (then go to the pub). I don't
think however that gate receipts are going to be that important in
the future. A higher proportion of money is coming now from television
and sponsorship. Don't forget that the more you are on the box the more
you can charge for advertising at the ground and for sponsorship. It is
already the case at Premier League Association Football that a major
reason for getting a crowd is simply to provide atmosphere - other
sources of revenue are much more important. I personally don't want
to see Salford on the box every week, but I don't want Wigan on all the
time either. For most of the season each team should be shown the same
number of times, concentrating on the top teams only towards the end,
when the championship is decided.