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On 03/03/2020 at 1:18 PM, SBW said:

 

I tweeted at various club CEO's and asked them for a response, so far we have the Roar, Wellington, Sydney FC, Mariners, Newcastle's CEO's who all denied commenting.

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Roar CEO replied.

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It was the Mac Bulls, I tells ya

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The website Football Today closed yesterday. Sad day for independent football journalism

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On 06/03/2020 at 3:45 AM, Paul01 said:

The website Football Today closed yesterday. Sad day for independent football journalism

Not many people willing to take on some questionable people out there, our footballing world is worse off without them.

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Looks like Daniel Garb has been sacked at Fox Sports as part of their further cost cutting.

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So slater stays and the guy who is a good football pundit gets punted. 

Should partition for slater to go 

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6 minutes ago, Burgerman said:

So slater stays and the guy who is a good football pundit gets punted. 

Should partition for slater to go 

I agree that there should be a partition between Slater and normal folks but I'd rather a petition to get him away from commentary.:D

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56 minutes ago, mack said:

Looks like Daniel Garb has been sacked at Fox Sports as part of their further cost cutting.

He was a sycophant dickhead, but not good for Fox's commitment to football in general.

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Looks like Fox effectively cancelled all the Fox Sports News staff. About ~30 people apparently. Including Carly Adno.

They'll keep the Sky News Propaganda machine going until the bitter end though.

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To be honest it was on the cards, it will be interesting to see the break up between the sports too. Give a good indication of what they are planning on keeping or shedding. If Adno & garb given the flick, then I’d assume quite a few more football & rugby journalists included in that too 

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They'll keep (or try to) AFL, league and cricket. Everything else would be case by case on a cost benefit analysis.

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1 hour ago, mack said:

Surely Optus are too corporate to pull an April Fool's prank like that?

It will be something to do with the EPL

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56 minutes ago, StringerBellend said:

It will be something to do with the EPL

They already have the rights I don't see why they could announce to be a "major announcement" now.

Having the announcement at 8am is suss though. Probably is a shitty april fools prank.

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1 hour ago, mack said:

They already have the rights I don't see why they could announce to be a "major announcement" now.

Having the announcement at 8am is suss though. Probably is a shitty april fools prank.

It will be something about the kopites 

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Terrible banter. Announced they’re showing marble racing. Ha ha h...

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Someone copy/paste article, behind paywall

 

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Optus Sport in league of its own, says new boss

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Zoe Samios
By Zoe Samios
April 2, 2020 — 12.00am

Singtel Optus' new boss Kelly Bayer Rosmarin is confident customers won't ditch its sports streaming service, Optus Sport, despite the lack of live content, with the current suspension of customer payments for the service unlikely to dent the telco's books.

Ms Bayer Rosmarin, who officially started her new role on Wednesday, has been working through ways to help the telco tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and is adamant that customers remained highly engaged with the product despite the suspension of major tournaments, including the English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, the Japanese Football League and Copa America 2020.

Optus' new chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin says the telco's priority is to keep customers connected.

Optus' new chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin says the telco's priority is to keep customers connected.

“Right now our number one priority is keeping our customers connected to everyone and everything that they love, that is our primary consideration," Ms Bayer Rosmarin said. "I am convinced it is not a material impact for us to be able to suspend people paying for a couple of months until the sport resumes."

Optus Sport is one of Australia's biggest sports streaming services and has positioned itself as the home of soccer. In March it signed on Copa America, adding to its offering of the J League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FA Women's Super League and the EPL.

 

Most of Optus' subscribers get the sports product for free, but there is a segment that pay $14.99 a month for the service. Former chief executive Allen Lew told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in February that Ms Bayer Rosmarin would look at expanding the sports offering, describing it as a way of acquiring new customers. As of February, it boasted 825,000 subscribers. It is unclear whether the suspension of sport has changed this figure.

"We are doing everything we can to make sure [customers] feel supported and that we’ll be ready to go and very happy to begin re-streaming live sport when it commences," Ms Bayer Rosmarin said.

Like other telco providers, Optus has been hit with increased demand on its networks and lockdown challenges in India and the Phillippines, where its customer service teams are located. Optus is now recruiting 500 staff in customer service and support to rebuild capacity and help consumers.

Despite public complaints about congestion on all mobile networks and calls dropping out, Ms Bayer Rosmarin said Optus's network was coping well, helped by the increased capacity provided by the National Broadband Network.

 

"What’s changed is the patterns of use, so more people working from home in the suburbs, more people working simultaneously off the same wi-fi connection at home, so that does mean people might experience different levels of speed or congestion than they normally do," she said.

"But overall we have very few spots of congestion and the teams are working incredibly hard to identify and add capacity to any areas that have that experience. It’s very localised.”

Ms Bayer Rosmarin would not be drawn on whether the NBN should extend the temporary discount it has provided for more bandwidth.

The connectivity virtual circuit (CVC) charge, which covers the amount of bandwidth telcos can make available to customers, is part of the wholesale prices telcos pay to the NBN. The amount of CVC a telco buys affects the internet speed, particularly at peak usage times from 7pm to 11pm.

“We are going to take advantage of the additional capacity and we are working proactively to identify potential hotspots and areas where we can add capacity in advance of any congestion," she said. “This whole global pandemic is such an evolving situation that there is no need for anybody to rush any decisions. They’ve certainly taken early and decisive action and if there’s a need to do more, then we’ll work with them and see what is required in the coming months.”

 
 

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The talk by the former CEO of Optus of  possibly expanding its sports offering sounds promising.

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It's a no brainer that A-league (in whatever form) will end up on Optus. The big stickler is who pays for broadcasting the content (Optus don't broadcast any live sport themselves, they pay for broadcast from overseas suppliers) and how much the actual deal would be worth (most likely a fraction of the Fox deal).

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Fox has not shown any replays of A league matches in day time or evening viewing mostly shown between midnight and 5:00pm

Foxing is mainly showing old Rugby league matches , Supercars , AFL , darts :( etc: no soccer

 

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It was reported yesterday that after the head of FFA met the head of Foxtel (Delany, ex head of Foxsports) where the AL was guaranteed it’s final 900,000 payment due in a few days. After that it seems, like nothing is certain...

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It appears the FFA's clauses trump Fox's desire to quit the league, at least while the season hasn't been cancelled.

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