Setanta & The Blue Square Premier


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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5 Responses

  1. duffman says:

    You’d like to think that most clubs held over some of that cash for long term strategic investment. That way the League could consider some sort of independent online/on demand service.

    However, I imagine that most of the money has already been spent, including the revenue yet to come. I’m afraid it might be ITV Digital all over again.

  2. Reg says:

    An honourable plan, but it requires some forward thinking by the suits who run this level of football, and I think we all know this is never going to happen. They are clueless at the ebst of times, and asking them to see the demise of Setanta as an opportunity to blaze a trail is akin to asking my cat to play the keyboard.

    What do you mean someone’s already done that?

  3. Martin says:

    Whilst internet and newer media technologies could make the lower leagues more accessible and popular I doubt it can solve the fundamental problem. These clubs are low down the pecking order for a reason; they just don’t have the large fan/customer bases that advertisers want and need and as a result any technological advantage they achieve is only likely to be short-lived.

  4. Bernard says:

    They have finally stopped breathing so full steam ahead with an alternative.

    My suggestion – a service similar to the old Prem Plus – Blue Square Prem Plus – where the subscriber pays up front for all home matches of any given team – say £50.00 per season – would help exiles like me unable to get to home matches. In addition a facility to buy one off matches from the home club when my club is visiting – say a fiver per match.
    Local radio already provide splendid audio commentary via the interned for their local teams and I believe all clubs have their matches video’d. It should not be too difficult to match them up.

    Keep up the good work BBC Radio Oxford.

  5. Ralph says:

    Interesting coments from the BBC’s Mihir Bose about Setanta at

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