The SPL Plot A Power-Grab


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. James says:

    SPL2 is just the Scottish First Division in disguise. And I say this as a Scot, they are kidding themselves that pretending otherwise or lowering the top league to 10 teams is going to get them a better telly deal. A joke, the whole thing. The teams at the top end of the First Division are no worse than those at the bottom of the SPL (and I support a team in the SPL’s lower reaches) and the league should go to 18 teams and be done with it. I also abhor Doncaster’s chat about how they have to maximise every club’s revenue. How about you just get an interesting league on the go, pay the players something more like they are worth (i.e. less) and shut up about money and how the Old Firm HAVE to play each other four times a season or else the world will go into meltdown?

  2. ken says:

    Call me naive but I was under the impression that the four times a season logic was driven by the teams outside celtic and rangers. The tv income and match day revenue for these clubs twice a season represents a vastly higher proportion of their turnover than the extra matches between celtic and rangers do to theirs. The proposals are pretty clearly the early stages of an attempt to create a p

  3. Gavin says:

    I don’t think that’s a major factor. The Old Firm gates are of course higher than average but they’re nothing like the stadium fillers they were within the quite recent past – probably for much the same reasons, that Old Firm fans like everyone else get a bit bored of the same grounds twice a year. It’s primarily the TV money (overall, rather than for specific games) that’s driving it.

    (NB: TV money represents about 21% of total income, whereas matchday revenue is something around 47%. But it’s the former that calls the shots because it’s more elastic, or more obviously so, whereas they think they can take the latter pretty much for granted.)

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