Why We Need to Change


Auldheid says: July 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm Matty Roth …

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Auldheid says:

July 25, 2015 at 2:05 pm

Matty Roth
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The significance of streaming is that it presents a choice that existing to air packages do not.

To watch Celtic for example the ability exists technically to let supporters watch every game via Celtic TV if they live overseas. They can also hear commentary of every game live wherever they reside.


Hearing commentaries is no problem at all, but the ability to show live matches only exists if there is a broadcaster covering the matches. Streaming is pretty easy, logistically simple and relatively cheap. Content gathering (picture-wise) is none of those things.

There has been for some time a misconception that live images of a football match only have to be broadcast. The content acquisition part of it is often forgotten, and the cost is massive for a football club- typically in the tens of thousands per match with today’s production values. It is understandable in those terms that the broadcasters take measures to safeguard their rights within their broadcast footprint.

Any new model will necessarily involve opening up a new cost centre. I couldn’t tell you what the current figures are for Celtic TV, but when I was there the costs outweighed the benefits exponentially.

There may be some economies of scale involved if the operation is opened up to all of the clubs, but there is still a serious imbalance arithmetically without a commensurate exponential growth in the viewer base.

Would opening the league matches up to UK viewing provide that growth? Bearing in mind that football is about fans watching live, I seriously doubt it. At the moment, clubs actively negotiate for as few live games at their ground as possible.

Live streaming to the UK seems to me to be counter-intuitive to that.

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August 21, 2015 at 11:56 pm (Edit)

I know I’ve bored everyone to death on here about stories of my wee gang who used to go rotate around Celtic Rangers Motherwell games.

Not boring at all Ian. I think your stories remind us that football isn’t necessarily the tribal pursuit many believe it to be.

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Homunculus says:
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August 21, 2015 at 6:45 pm (Edit)

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August 21, 2015 at 4:52 pm

The point is, it is the Celtic boards decision to make. Whilst you may think it is short term thinking on their part, and you are obviously perfectly entitled to hold and express that opinion it really makes no never mind.

If the Celtic board have decided that a certain course is in the best interests of the shareholders who elected them then that is precisely the course they should take. It is what they were put there for.

So we should all sing “Hail to the chief” and know our place then? The point is that they are clearly not working in the best interests of shareholders if they don’t pursue the tens of millions that the shareholders were deprived of when licensing was awarded in error (I hope).

You can speak for yourself if you like, but my opinion, flawed though it may be is not in the ‘make no never mind’ category.

If we follow that mantra, we are all wasting our time here.

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We are starting to put together our schedule for the radio thing. Content is important, and we are looking to solicit your assistance in lots of ways – including in the first instance some ideas for sport-based programmes.

The phone-in and interview format is fairly well established as a the bread and butter of the medium, but we are looking at ways to bring a fresh perspective.

Discussion on the blog is fine – although some the MSM outlets could nick good ideas 🙂

You could also mail me direct at bigpink@sfm.scot


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The Cat NR1

Were the clubs willing parties to a fraud on Scottish football, or were they victims themselves?


If the former, that does beg the question as to whether there is any point in carrying on.

Yes there is – because the real battle here is between the clubs and their ‘customers’. The clubs can in fact do as they like. They have no emotional attachment to the sport in the way the fans do. Everything is settled by a cost/benefit analysis. This particular one deemed that following the rules correctly was the downside of the argument.

They justify it by dressing the SFA up as some kind of quasi legal guardian of the game, when in fact it is just a trade association – a cartel used as a blunt instrument to con the punters.

The Sevco 5088 Ltd/Sevco Scotland Ltd court cases may throw some light into the dark corners of Hampden’s Star Chamber.

So might we. We are still not done.
The evidence suggest strongly that the clubs are less concerned with the integrity of the game than we are.
The final outcome is dependent on our resolve. That is not in doubt at SFM. The question is;
“Are there enough of us?”

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John Clark 13th March 2016 at 1:11 pm
A priceless observation from Chick a few minutes go: ” Robert Burns died in 1796. He was closer in time to Hibs’ last Cup win than we are”.
Don’t know what point precisely he was trying to make, but it left the rest of the Sportsound chaps stunned in amused speechlessness!

I suppose that just demonstrates that Chic is as good at arithmetic as he is at telling the truth.

Give that he was born around 1954 that takes him to within 52 years of Hibs’ last cup win.

Burns is an outlier at 106 years.

Did anyone point out to Chic that it was in fact the League Cup today.

Chirpy chirpy cheep cheep indeed! 15

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Apologies. Haven’t yet had time to respond, due to a current and very raging bout of man flu 05

However I will try to do so over the weekend.

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Turnbull Hutton’s attitude to the new club being given precedence over Spartans et al was that by any reasonable measure, and given their extraordinary fan-base and facilities, TRFC would have been given the spot anyway. In his view, the authorities pragmatically exercised their powers of discretion to short-circuit the entry application process.

In retrospect that became crucial to TRFC in their continuity myth-building, because the gap, even though it existed, was easier to Band-Aid over because of that fast-tracking.

I won’t rush to criticise TH too easily though. He was not too fussed over the minutiae of the OCNC debate, but he was steadfastly against what he saw as corruption in the SFA and SPL and was appalled by the calling to arms of the mob by McCoist and others. And he didn’t just pay lip service to it either. He was a consistent and generous donor to SFM, because he shared our view that in order to call itself a sport, football had to structure itself on the basis of as level a playing field as possible.

Whenever I doubt the merits of our case, I  think of Turnbull on the steps of Hampden accusing the SFA of corruption – and the subsequent absence of a visit from the Compliance Officer.

Like all good serial offenders, the SFA avoid battles they can’t win. No engagement with TH, no engagement with the Res12 group, no engagement with the SPL over their expulsion of a 140 year old club.

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