Posted by Bill Door on July 09, 2002 at 23:21:09:
In Reply to: Re: FAI are OK Then? posted by Phillo on July 09, 2002 at 20:53:31:
I think your missing some very important points.
English rugby tried the SKY route and were reduced to figures of 750,000 viewers for home internationals (whats the pop of the UK again !). They have now reverted to terrestrial (sp?) TV. A similar effect here could have a serious impact on soccer development in Ireland.
Its impractical/uneconemical to expect every house in the country subscribe to SKY therefore the FAI are conciously excluding a portion of the population from viewing the national soccer team live.
I know people could go down the pub to watch the game but obviously this is itself an expense and is also unsuitable for many younger and older viewers.
An extra 4 or 5 million from a TV deal is nothing compared to what they're to benefit from scrapping Eircom park and going with the Bertie bowl. It'll barely cover one year of the expenses they have to pay to the management company they hired for Eircom park in the first place. I just think its such a small amount of money for a national organisation to risk alienating so many supporters.
Where are the clubs and FAI members throughout the country who back the deal ? We've all heard plenty of people opposed to the deal but barring the top brass in the FAI noone else seems to be in favour of this.