The Telegeddon Fall-Out – 10 Reasons Why Setanta Failed


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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7 Responses

  1. CTT says:

    How about:

    11. The rise and rise of reliable peer-to-peer feeds over the internet: Ironically, the most reliable ones were Setanta feeds.

  2. CTT says:

    Ah, I see you touched on this in point 5. Ignore my last comment…

  3. Martin says:

    Conference football FTA cost-free to the broadcaster would certainly rock a few boats. I would love it, but doubt it would happen. Channel 5 could do worse than (presumably) paying for all those dreadful UEFA Cup games.

  4. foss says:

    Pretty good comments. Very good article.

    Agreed thought coverage and quality very good. Enjoyed last day BSP drama. Got it as part of Virgin package. However, would not have paid extra. Yep, correct its packages that count

  5. ejh says:

    I’m sure there’s no such word as “bidded”.

  6. CTT says:

    From this week’s Popbitch:

    RIP Setanta. A victim of global financial meltdown? A brave underdog bringing choice to the TV football fans? Or a profligate company which had arse-elbow knowledge issues? One Premier League club told us that to screen a live game Sky Sports asked for two car park places and 22 stadium passes, to accommodate crew, pundits and guests. Setanta – 66 car park places, and 120 stadium passes.

  7. Allan says:

    Slight quibble with 10, but then that may actually be because their coverage of the SPL was heavily centred on the Old Firm, so much so that their version of Scottish Football was the viewpoint which was promoted. This is not a proble exclusive to Setanta (BSkyB had the same problem too), this is a systemic problem with the Scottish based media generally. However it did tend to marr their coverage of our Championship.

    By the way its not cut and dried that the SPL will re-take the Murdoch shilling ( had said the same thing on my blog yesterday), there are reports in todays newspapers that ESPN are leading the race for the SPL rights.

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