Posted by Feck Actors Institute on July 08, 2002 at 18:28:21:
In Reply to: Re: FAI are OK Then? posted by Fortycoats on July 08, 2002 at 17:34:08:
RTE negotiators thought they were still negotiating. Like buying a car - your first offer is not the final price you pay. (Putting it in perspective RTE spent more than €7.5M on the last 4 years FAI total coverage - including production costs, etc.)
The idea that they would deprive the Irish Team's fans is unbelievable regardless of the price. English rugby collapsed completely after SKY took over with only 750,000 viewers for the last England Wales match - will the same happen to Irish Soccer as a result?
The FAI idiot spokesment sounded confused on the radio today - for some reasons he sounded surprised that people would be upset at all. Even poor people can afford the €40 euros per month was their view - a paltry €480 per annum or €1920 over the four years - peanuts accroding to our first class flying friends.
If you take a completely commercial view it can be easily shown that SKY diddled them. SKY need just over 15000 new subscribers to cover the €7.5M outlay. So they don't care if only a small proportion of the Irish public can afford to subscribe. But you would have thought that the FAI should care. The FAI could have charged SKY much more if the only aim was to make money to help them with their air miles. The FAI claimed on air today that they have a cast-iron guarantee that it won't go pay-per-view but they did not try to control the type of package that SKY will offer the Irish matches - 50, 60, 70 euros per month. And you can't just subscribe and unsubscribe in or around the time of the matches - so divide the number of home matches into the 4-year total of 1920 to 3360 euros to get your per match cost.