Van Der Vaart’s New Love [photo] & Three Unrelated Moans

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Good morning fight fans.

Every site is telling us that Dances with Scones has got away with ‘that’ incident. I beg to differ. He would have generated less publicity had he been carded there and then. All this business has done is ensured that every referee between here and Hong Kong has watched the footage – which in slo mo does Tommy no favours at all – and pretty much leaves him a marked man in Europe.

Another niggle revolves around Europe and specifically the Inter Milan game. Or rather the manner in which the whole ticketing deal is being handled. An allocation of 5000 seems on the low side and explained away by THFC as being down to operational reasons.  Presumably that translates to how many gendarmes they can rustle up.

You’d think with all that filthy Champions League loot flying about some of it might be diverted from disappearing into Club coffers and go into making the event more accessible to fans… who will will not add to the occasion but also …ultimately generate …more money.

And there is of course the endless dramas faced by fans who want to simply stay either at home or go to the juicer to watch a game. The Landlord of the Red, White & Blue pub in Portsmouth is tilting the windmill marked, ‘Premier League’.

Karen Murphy is attempting to assert her right to buy what she wants in terms of televised games. Her argument certainly makes sense financially. The Red, White & Blue is typical of a vast number of British boozers. Not very big and probably in these testing times scrapping for every penny. The cost of Sky for any licensed venue can be in excess of £1000, whilst a comparable service from a company such as Nova bills in at about a tenth of that.

And you don’t have to put up with the monkey pawed Dicky Keys or the balloon with pubes stuck it’s sides that is Andy Gray.

If Karen is successful it’ll be not so much a landmark case but a modern day equivalent of the collapse of the Roman Empire. I wish her well, but if it happens I’d like to request my hat be marinated in Nando’s Peri Peri sauce prior to me tucking in.

My solution would be for the clubs to license the Premier League to flog TV Season Tickets. As longs as going to a game is 100 times better than watching it on the telly, attendances won’t be affected.

Many supporters simply can’t get to games anymore. Pick a factor. Cost. Kids. Travel. The general agg of getting from where they live to their stadium of choice. Membership charges, handling fees, recorded delivery, hotels, buses, tubes that are shut… the list goes on forever.

The cost of such a lunatic scheme would ultimately be against what the market could bear, but hey we need something to whine about. No?

Or you can go bald trying to get a naffing online stream to work.

Oh yes, here’s VdV tucking in to some old dear…

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  • marts2smooth says:

    Everytime I go to the Lane it costs me about £120 from Wales.. and when I get to Paddington I find out that the Victoria line is closed! GREAT!

    VDV can mount anyone if he plays like that every week!

  • Devonshirespur says:

    You’d think with all that filthy Champions League loot flying about some of it might be diverted from disappearing into Club coffers and go into making the event more accessible to fans… who will will not add to the occasion but also …ultimately generate …more money.

    Champions League Football is not about the fans, its not even about football, its about UEFA getting as much advertising visible to as many people as is humanly possible….so move those fans who cannot see the pitch because of the extra high pitchside advertising boards, reduce the capacity preventing genuine fans ffrom getting to the game, to ensure the advertising is as big as possible, lower the angle of the TV cameras so that even the TV viewer cannot grasp much perspective when watching from the armchair, but so long as they can see the advertising boards more clearly then its mission accomplished.

    UEFA’s cashing in on the Champions League is utterly shameless and they then have the balls to be critical of the money in the English game….why are all these teams (not just English) breaking the bank with fees and wages???….beacuase of the pot of gold at the end of the Champions League Rainbow. In fact its not even at the end of the rainbowl. Get half way across and you’ll bag £30-40m. Its worth way more than domestic success and totally distorts every league as the rich get richer and the rest fall further behind.

    The solution would be to make competing in the CL less financially rewarding. Players, fans & managers would want to compete in it for the prestige, not for the millions and millions of euros it spews up….like the good old days….but then no doubt the greedy clubs would break away and create another lucrative mega cup …so I suppose we are stuck with it!

  • spurlative says:

    I think its outrageous that residea a stone’s throw away from the UK, across the water in the Netherlands and i pay a miserly EUR9,99 to watch almost every premier league game live. ( i say almost every depending on how they have scheduled the times of the games themselves) A wolves game might not make the cut basically.
    On top of that, I get the big German, Italian and Spanish league games too.
    Then to add to that misery i get all the Champions league games too!!!
    Something that does compare very well though is that i have to subscribe to a different Dutch sports channel to get the Dutch league games.. thats an extra 14.99 a month.

    So it really comes down to location and demand and supply of course.

    I dont think youre ever going to replace the live venue turn out with TV viewers. You simply cannot replace that experience. A bit like why watching live music is still so successful.

    The premier league, who ever is responsible for getting the games out to the fans should make it accessible/physically possible for anyone around the world to watch the game if they want to.
    Im not saying get rid of Sky, all im saying is add on to it. Maybe every club should have the right to sell the game online for a price that invariably does not interfere with the subscriptions of other packages in the market.
    Yes i am saying there is a market to fill and research should be done as to how much one would be willing to pay per view per game that is not televised on their possibly already subscriped package or if they do not have a package at all.

    What do you think? How much would you prepare to pay per view? it would have to be above 30 quid maybe to not interfere with the rest of the market(Sky?)
    Even Ppurs have two different sponsors on their shirts at different times. Werent each of them concerned about their brand and image?
    Its a similar thing when you consider the term ‘accomodating the market’

  • Bruce Castle says:

    No one cares about typos on here you Lunt.

  • Bobbles says:

    I’ve actually found that streams are a million times better than they were even a year ago – I’ve watched pretty much every game this season on a PC plugged into my Bravia and apart from a little bit of blockiness they have all be bloody brilliant.

    • spurlative says:

      If youre happy with that then thats ok too. But someone has to provide those streams. You have the stress of worrying about finding a good one on the day, the quality is not like watching in full technicolour and deserved definition.
      But I presume youre in the UK, so i do understand that every game is not available on the telly and youre hands are tied somewhat, hence this topic of making it more freely available to the masses.

      You may even be better off finding a mate who lives in Australia or something. register a Sky account there. get the smart card sent over to you – stick it in a decoder, get a dish pointed at the right direction and watch all the games(still at a subscription cost but worth it) A lot of bars do this…

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