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2 hours ago, FCB said:

Lederer's comments are alarming.

"It's critical, it's urgent. We're well aware of it. We've got to get the crowds back, we've got to get the viewing audience back. We've got to run the game, it's as simple as that. We want to have our destiny in our own hands. We don't need a third party to run our game. FFA is fully responsible for the situation, FFA negotiated the deal. In the future, that could very well change, but at the present time it's all FFA."

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/owners-must-urgently-address-a-league-s-tv-slump-wanderers-chair-20190225-p5105x.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed

If running the game into the ground was one of the Gallop's key metrics then he's done an excellent job and should be given a bonus. For me, it was watershed moment when SBS walked away from the HAL when they tired of having to deal with FFA and Gallop. How good was it to watch a game on SBS on a Friday evening, eating pizza and having a glass of red wine?

 

 

Funnily enough I agree I tended to watch the Friday games on Tv more. You come back from a long day at work get some maccas sit down turn on SBS at 7:30pm  and A-league was on. Saturdays I tend to forget A-league is on unless the Wanderers are playing

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19 hours ago, Sithslayer1991 said:

But hypothetically how would you feel if Optus was to get the rights?

I was completely against them coming anywhere near the HAL at the time and was also still a bit salty that they had to come in and pinch the EPL from Fox and disrupt the status quo. In hindsight, I actually wish they did get the rights because I can't see us being in any worse a position than what we are now and if anything, I feel we may have been a bit healthier. Fox are in no position to be playing hardball like they are because they themselves are barely keeping their head above water. 

I see TV rights following the same trend as the housing market over the coming years. For the last 3-4 years they've been following this upward trajectory that reached ridiculous heights that aren't sustainable. Combine that with a greater spread of content and how it can be consumed and there is no longer that single deal with a golden egg. If you look at most of the rights deals currently active across Australian sport, they were brokered at a time when streaming was only just gaining traction and becoming mainstream. The environment has changed all together. Its an interesting period coming up, that's for sure.

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From my perspective and my convenience A-league going to Optus is the best personally. Again since the glass shattering moment they took EPL football has not really received big support from foxtel and now Optus is making giant strides by grabbing world cup, womens world cup, nations league Europa and Champions league.

I'm on the train to the city and if there is a game at 7am whether its EPL, Champions league or something someone is watching on Optus sport. Having Kayo for me is wasted because I only watch a-league I haven't watched NRL since the days of Nathan Hindmarsh and Anthony Minichello and once upon time they had the footy show and brought on Dwight Yorke and Harry Kewel (seperate times). In America or Latin America when I visited there was always something on football whether it was college, beach, freestyle, or Indoor and I think optus has that potential to reach further by being that dedicated football channel.

Its a fantastic app but whether they would give as much money as Foxtel I am uncertain and I guess that's the big issue. Would Optus spend $50-70 million on A-league over 4 years?

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4 hours ago, FCB said:

Lederer's comments are alarming.

"It's critical, it's urgent. We're well aware of it. We've got to get the crowds back, we've got to get the viewing audience back. We've got to run the game, it's as simple as that. We want to have our destiny in our own hands. We don't need a third party to run our game. FFA is fully responsible for the situation, FFA negotiated the deal. In the future, that could very well change, but at the present time it's all FFA."

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/owners-must-urgently-address-a-league-s-tv-slump-wanderers-chair-20190225-p5105x.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_feed

If running the game into the ground was one of the Gallop's key metrics then he's done an excellent job and should be given a bonus. For me, it was watershed moment when SBS walked away from the HAL when they tired of having to deal with FFA and Gallop. How good was it to watch a game on SBS on a Friday evening, eating pizza and having a glass of red wine?

 

 

Lucy and Craig

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Basheer is still arguably the most boring commentator I've ever heard though. Should've done their own analysis and used the Fox feed.

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18 hours ago, Edinburgh said:

Why is streaming the future? Doesn't anyone want to watch on a normal large screen (in HD? For some) with a consistent signal/picture, Sitting in their lounge room?

Couple of links as to why,

https://medium.com/@hosierjennas/the-future-of-online-sports-streaming-what-does-it-offer-you-f2d8e240e986

https://www.wired.com/insights/2014/06/future-sports-streaming-cord-cutting-age/

 

Understandable that the infrastructure of Australia's internet is laughable,it should have never gotten to this point. If you have cable at minimum then you should not have a problem with streaming via online (feel sorry for you if your still stuck with ADSL in your area), the costs will be much cheaper to broadcast online via an app box like fetch or online app e.g Kayo which was recently introduced. Though if you are streaming it through your computer then all it takes is a HDMI cable to your TV and your good to go with whatever size you liked.

I believe this is what will give the power back to Australian football (new league), the clubs will take over and if they do things right from the start like amend or scrap the cap and are allowed to bring in investors/broadcaster which are actually interested in expansion and reg/pro and genuinely want a bright future for Australian football and not just looking for land grabs or any politics involved then going with a broadcaster that provides a better service but streams online should not be too much of an issue even if they are not going to invest as much as fox is willing to or am i missing something??

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3 hours ago, Carns said:

Basheer is still arguably the most boring commentator I've ever heard though. Should've done their own analysis and used the Fox feed.

Basheer is actually a free-to-air, prescription free, sleeping pill which has been discontinued, because of its painful side effects. 

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So the news down here in Canberra is mentioning something about an FFA forum coming up and Canberra United fans signing up en masse to attend and unleash on whoever is running it.

Definitely attending when it's on, should be good for a laugh.

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I like the jersey although the mock club badge reminds me of the old Telecom logo.

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I think the reality is we need 2nd division up and running and pumping with teams. Then it's easier to promote those guys in. The dutch auction method is just a money grab. 

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The new independent a-league will likely put responsibility for organising a 2nd tier onto the FFA.

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12 minutes ago, Prydzopolis said:

Some verry verry verry interesting comments by the CEO of the southern expansion bid in this article

https://jwff.com.au/2019/03/15/southern-expansion-missed-opportunity-or-major-blunder/

Pretty damning! Why am I not surprised?

On the SWS introduction being delayed to suit WSW, at the member committee meeting JT strongly stated WSW made no such request.

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42 minutes ago, Edinburgh said:

On the SWS introduction being delayed to suit WSW, at the member committee meeting JT strongly stated WSW made no such request.

In saying that, we don’t know what was said via the APF... (A-League clubs association & it’s chairman)

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