Of Assets and Liabilities

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Timtim says: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 21:03 To go back to …

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timtim says:
Friday, November 2, 2012 at 21:03

To go back to an old post of mine: http://www.thefootballlife.co.uk/post/33152452626/the-death-of-scottish-football-part-seven-the-finale (the last bit of the 32k word long one!) – the league structure I proposed was a top league of 16 then 2 regional leagues of 16 each. That would be 12 current SPL sides + top 4 of SFL 1. The two regional leagues would then consist of the other 26 teams in the league system and the rest made up of Highland League etc.

The financial working out I did for it made out that, when combined with aggressive media expansion, the increase in competitiveness in the SPL by artificially closing the gap to Celtic and schedule reorganisation, after 5 years it would result in £13.3m more a year coming into Scottish football. That’s money that would come in whatever division Rangers are in. That’s your 30 pieces of silver – Do you believe that a benefit of that size that would happen irrespective of how Rangers are faring is a bad thing? Is the possibility of Rangers getting to the top tier 1 season earlier than in the current system really worth passing up an opportunity like that that would benefit every club in the country?

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The Illusion of Success is often more important than success itself.

Papering is a long used trait, particularly with televised performances to make the club appear more successful than it actually is but, primarily, it had been used by wrestling companies to make it appear that they had a hot territory and that the product was in demand.

The thing is that they did it with massive companies behind them – WWE and WCW have at points been legitimate billion dollar companies. The fact is that they could afford to subsidise free tickets. They could afford to spend additional money on security, etc.

Rangers aren’t. But if them papering Ibrox is well known enough to cause attention to be brought and suspicions of potential misreporting of attendances perhaps legitimate, then the second question has to be of merchandising and in-stadium sales. 11,000 free tickets don’t all eat and drink but it would be very easy to say that a lot of them did that didn’t. If ticket revenue and attendances are misrepresented, then these could easily be as well…

Of Assets and Liabilities

No Shoehorning – I’ve not endorsed that nor would I suggest it. But Rangers being in a more advantageous position than they are now is perhaps an inevitable byproduct of league reconstruction. The question is really whether that is enough of a stick to beat it with to stop it from happening altogether. If/When Rangers return to the SPL and if, by that point, no efforts have been made at reconstruction, then it will not happen at all. We’ll still have an 11-1 vote needed and Rangers (or someone) will always ensure that it does not get passed.

I would personally suggest that the power get moved to one sole body looking after football that has the remit to take that sort of decision out of club’s hands at put it through regardless if it is for the benefit of the game as a whole.

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Clarifying last night’s post tying it up with some of the comments made on here (that were there when I started writing it).


Try telling the Bears that their club doesn’t have titles to strip. The fans have carried over and see it as the same club and no amount of telling them otherwise will change that.

I’ve never suggested treating Rangers differently. They are 1 club of 42 in a system that has failed and, as part of that system, any solution has to involve them. I could just have easily asked what is better – Montrose in the SPL after successive promotions in a system that has failed, or Montrose in the SPL a season earlier in a reconstructed system that works. They are 1 club of 42 with equal share and equal right to be part of the discussion.

What punishment past liquidation and title stripping can be applied to Rangers*? Getting Murray et al on trial is unrelated and shouldn’t affect football matters short of giving journos a few weeks worth of material.

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