Fergie has been talking about the fixture’s and how the so-called ‘top sides’ have theirs moved around just to suit television showing.
It shows itself quite clearly because when you see the fixture lists come out now, they can pick and choose whenever they want the top teams on television.
You get some ridiculous situations when you’re playing on Wednesday night in Europe and then at lunchtime the following Saturday. You ask any manager if they would pick that themselves and there’d be no chance.
Just how many comments have been made on here about our hectic fixture schedule when we are competing in all four competitions?
How many times have we said that the fixtures are all about who plays who and what Sky Sports and ESPN choose to broadcast?
Not only that – how many fixtures are moved just to suit the same broadcasting companies, to ensure they get the most viewing figures?
Is Fergie right?
Look at the Champions League, any side can travel from one country to another and that journey could take many many hours, they could then have to deal with a time zone and severe weather change, let alone pitch conditions! Then, just because Sky Sports want to show that team at the weekend, they could be asked/forced to play on Saturday lunchtime and then, in some circumstances, have had to play again in a Domestic Cup fixture just a few days later!
Also, Fergie mentions how the television channels can ‘pick and choose’ which games they show after the fixtures are released, ‘pick and choose’ being the words that hit home in my opinion.
Why do they assume that Arsenal v’s Liverpool, Manchester United or Tottingham will be a better game than Bolton v’s Blackburn or Stoke, QPR or Swansea for example? Ok, they get to televised on the odd occasion but as much as the ‘top sides’ – I doubt it. Also, with no disrespect meant, those sides are not playing quite so many fixtures.
What gives them the right to think a derby match makes better viewing?
Surely the Premier League viewing should be shared, money going equally to all sides competing – in fact some would say that there are clubs more in need of the money earned from the likes of Sky and ESPN – so why don’t they show them more often?
If they don’t want to do that, then what about just bringing back the Saturday 3pm kick off and show the lot – then every team get’s just what it deserves in the financial cut throat world that BskyB has made sport, in particularly, football….
On top of that, every footballer at every club gets proper rest, they will prolong their healthy career and fans will see them play longer and more often.
After all – isn’t that what football is really about – playing, being a fan and shouting from the rooftops in support of the club you love?
It’s not all about Sky ‘bloody’ Sports is it??
Do you agree with Fergie, or is he just having another moan?
Finally, reports suggest Jack Wilshere is out now until April after having surgery on his ankle, that means he won’t play again this season after our club medics get their hands on him! Didn’t we just know that?
No doubt we will soon hear the same about Thomas Vermaelen……