Day: February 3, 2011

Part One: A Watershed Week For The Broadcasting Of Football?

There has been mixed news this week for those that wish to circumvent the now traditional model for watching football of paying a subscription and receiving a service in return for it. On the one hand, in the United States of America the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) took action against several sites that link to illegal streams of European football but, on the other hand, there was a somewhat surprising judgement today from the European Court of Justice as the Advocates General advised that pubs and bars showing Premier League football on foreign decoders was not in contravention of European law. We’ll come back to look again at today’s ECJ ruling at a later date, but this evening it’s probably appropriate to take a look at the action taken by the DHS in slightly closer detail. On Monday, the DHS took action against several websites, of which probably the best known is the relatively venerable, which provide links to live streams of sports events worldwide. This method of streaming matches has proved to be popular as it often doesn’t require the clunky third party software that peer to peer streams (such as Sopcast) do. With the use of media-specific plug-ins such as Veetle, the quality of these streams has increased the quality and reliability¬†of these streams dramatically over the last couple of years and the ability of...

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Mungo S03E25

The big thaw at Clackins Park is finally underway, albeit one that has to have outside assistance. But a new discovery – and (another) new manager – look set to revolutionise Heart of Clachmaninshire’s flagging fortunes. Dotmund was actually pleased with this. Click for full-size For all his multitude sins, the artist is quite nice really and has (finally) added some NEW PICTURES that you can admire and buy to his site. Click...

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We Don’t Have To Like Gary Neville To Respect His Achievements

It is occasionally said that it is easier for a player to be loyal to the biggest clubs than to a small club. Without the temptation of being lured somewhere else, for some players at the likes of, say, Liverpool or Manchester United, it is easier to stay put for the whole of one’s career than it is at a smaller club and, while supporters of the biggest clubs may seek to transfer the allegiances that they themselves hold towards their clubs, the fact of the matter is that players are professionals, mercenaries paid to do a job, and that job is easier if the pay packet is plumper and the chances of playing in the biggest competitions on the planet are greater. In this respect, Gary Neville is not unique and to eulogise him for having stayed at Old Trafford for the best part of two decades would be to praise him for effectively taking the safe option for the whole of his club career. This may be evinced by the fact that two of his contemporaries, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, remain at Manchester United even now and continue to exude their talismanic influence over the team and the club. We should pay tribute to Neville’s 600-odd matches for Manchester United, but this is not what makes him such an interesting case study within modern football. When...

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