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Game on: the battle for control of online sport : Comments

By Brett Hutchins and David Rowe, published 4/6/2007

WWW are three letters that spell the end of a cosy, 25-year relationship: media and sports meet on a virtual playing field.

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The article is an objective view of sports broadcast today, the hope I see is the same as mine.
Way back when tele agreements were first mooted the law was involved too.
International games were to be free to air, what happened to that idea?
Soccer, football aust. sold the rights to pay television for a lousy $7mil, it has the rights for seven years.
The right of Australians to watch domestic football sold for a song so denying long suffering fans of the game, at last to watch a competition which is well constructed.
I can watch south american, european and english games, but not the aussie competition.
Players salaries are the problem. Australia cannot offer the salaries the foreign game offers, players there can retire comfortably after perhaps five years of competition because the exclusive rights to tele. pay so much. Not so for any player who stays in aussie, not yet anyway.
The administrators of the game needed money to ensure the competition
could continue and took the easy and proven way to get money, pay T/V so losing a following like me, I live in the bush, and won't encourage broadcast of the crap that goes with pay T/V.
A braver admin would have given the rights to SBS, long supporters of the game. They in turn could have put the games online and charged for it. I would have payed $10 or more to watch each game.
Have you heard the story of a second level club in Scotland contracting a chinese player? overnight their paying fan base increased by 1.5 million followers?

Just another example of australia's poor management skills. Our feds.
stuff everything they touch, including the broadcast rights legislation.
Posted by fluff4, Tuesday, 5 June 2007 10:43:02 AM
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