Man Utd Facing £85 Million Champions League Loss

Manchester United stand to lose a hefty £85 million – primarily through sponsorship and TV money – if they failed to qualify for the Champions League next season. The club remain sixth in the table even after a brilliant 3-0 win over Leicester City during the weekend.

The result has certainly helped United take advantage of competitors like Arsenal and Liverpool dropping points. However, it seems that at least 6 teams will be involved in the fight for the top four places. There is a distinct possibility of United dropping out of the Champions League qualification for a second consecutive campaign. Continue reading “Man Utd Facing £85 Million Champions League Loss”

BAN ON BETTING

The chairman of the Football Association Greg Dyke believes that a complete ban on players and the staff of clubs which are betting on football matches is likely to be introduced.

“No final decision has been made, but it a complete ban is one of the things that’s being discussed, The FA is looking again at the whole of betting and who should be allowed to bet on football in the football industry. In the next few weeks, we’ll come out with a policy.” Dyke revealed.

Andros Townsend of Tottenham and Cameron Jerome of Stoke City both have received fines last year after breaching regulations which is believed to not be in relation of betting but the manager of Tranmere, Ronnie Moore received a suspension by the League One which will last until the FA completes an investigation into what might be a potential rule breach in relation to betting.

This isn’t the first time that a staff member of a club has received punishment or suspensions because of breaching or making bets in football. It has already happened in many occasions in the past before and one of those was in relation with the Accrington Stanley managing director, Robert Heys as he was banned for 21 months after revealing that he had made over 730 breaches and 213 bets with the outcome of the matches of his own club.

“You don’t want to go along with the whole ‘victim mentality’ and start complaining that it’s not fair and you’re being picked on, but a 21-month ban always did seem a lengthy ban. Perhaps the answer is to ban all betting on football for anyone who’s involved in football.” Heys said.

In Scotland exists a full ban punishment for any kind of breach relating betting and the chairman of the Football Association, Greg Dyke wants the duration to be increasing and should be taken more seriously.

TV ASSETS

Manchester United have become one of the prized assets for television companies in the UK trying to increase their viewership. Sky has been regularly broadcasting Manchester United matches over the last 20 years. The 13-time Premier league champions have also been shown live on television more than any other club during this period. This looks set to continue even after the arrival of BT to the Premier league competition. BT have paid in excess of £ 700 million for Premier league rights in the next three years. This is seen as the biggest threat for Sky since they started showing Premier league matches more than two decades ago.

Sky have decided to eliminate the competition from the start itself by deciding to show majority of the Manchester United and Chelsea matches in the first five weeks of the campaign. Only one Manchester United match will not be shown live on Sky in the first five weeks. They have the first refusal when it comes to televised games during the first 20 weeks of the campaign. They are prepared to use it from the word go, as they regard the threat from BT as a serious one. Premier league football revenues have consistently grown due to the new and bigger TV deals.

“The first round of televised fixtures announced this morning will demonstrate just how seriously Sky is taking the challenge of its latest rival by ensuring it keeps an iron grip on the champions’ high-profile matches from August until November. With the champions being English football’s biggest draw in terms of television audience, Sky’s decision to top-load its schedule with games involving them appears a no-brainer,” read a report on Daily Telegraph.

United managed to win the record 20th league title last season. Even after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson, there are still a tremendous pulling power.

RIVALS COULD BE HIT BY TV

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that title rivals Manchester City could be hit with major problems due to the TV schedule, and that next season will be even more interesting because of the tiredness caused by Euro 2012.

Manchester City and Manchester United are the two teams fighting for the Premier league title this season, with the online betting markets making United the slight favourites. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been a staunch attacker of TV schedule affecting their Premier league season, but he has been helped by the same this time around. He has said that there is every chance that Manchester City’s chances of winning the title for the first time after a long time will be hit because of the TV schedule for the club.

Manchester United will naturally get the most amount of TV coverage due to their Champions tag, while Manchester City are also set to get the equal amount of coverage of as well due to their role as the main title challenger.

Roberto Mancini’s side are currently the leader in the Premier league table, but their advantage over Manchester United is very slender. Only two points separate both the clubs, which has been the reason for Sir Alex Ferguson to express his confidence at the possibility of winning the 20th Premier league title with Manchester United following the 3-1 win over Tottenham during the weekend.

“It doesn’t make a difference to us – but it may make a difference to them as they don’t have the same kind of experience. You never know,” Ferguson told Inside United. Sir Alex Ferguson is set to welcome Michael Owen back into the first-team fold.

Michael Owen has been absent from the Manchester United first-team for many months now, but Ferguson recently confirmed that the former England striker has indeed began training. Manchester United continued their impressive run against Tottenham – against whom they have not been defeated for 10 years now.

TV SCHEDULE DICTATES REPLAY DATE

The FA Cup quarter-final replay between Manchester United and Chelsea is likely to be shown on television after the English football Association confirmed that the tie will be played on April 1st. As a result of this announcement, Chelsea’s Premier league encounter with Southampton has been moved. This has disappointed the Premier league strugglers, who have said in a statement that this decision causes a lot of trouble and inconvenience to the supporters. Southampton have also noted that this fixture has already been moved once in order to accommodate the TV schedule.

It was already evident after the 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Manchester United that both teams were going to provide the FA with a lot of headache in terms of fixture congestion. This has been made complicated especially due to the presence of Chelsea in the Europa league. Rafa Benitez and his men will have to face even more congestion if they get past the Romanian club Steaua Bucharest in the Europa league. The European champions trail the Romanians 1-0 from the first leg. The team has already been playing two matches a week almost since the start of the season. The club could well be looking at over 60 matches this campaign if they progress in the Europa league as well.

“The game had already been moved once for the purposes of live Sky TV coverage – to Sunday, 31 March – however, the Premier League have deemed it acceptable to move the fixture once more. The club is extremely disappointed that this decision has been taken; not least because of the significant inconvenience a second change to the fixture will cause our supporters,” said a statement on the official website of Southampton. Southampton would rather play their game in hand now rather than see the rivals overtake them in the table.

MACC SLAM TV EXECS

The Macclesfield Town spokesperson has criticised the decision by the television companies to select every Manchester United FA Cup match as part of the live television coverage. John Harris has pointed out that every Manchester United match in the first few rounds of the FA Cup have been selected as part of the live coverage. In fact, BBC have shown Manchester United matches on 18 occasions between 2005 and 2008. Sky, who then followed BBC for the FA cup coverage, showed United matches on four occasions. Since the arrival of ITV as the official coverage provider of the FA Cup, all the United matches have been shown without exception.

As part of the live television coverage, clubs will receive around £ 140,000 in the fourth round of the FA Cup. Harris has said that this amount is paltry to United, who recently had revenues of around £ 400 million for the last financial year. He has said that this amount will be extremely crucial in the survival of Macclesfield Town, who were recently relegated to the conference. Harris has said that television companies no longer select matches based on the potential for upset, but rather go for the matches of big clubs like Manchester United.

“When you put it like that it is farcical. When we beat Cardiff City here in the third round, the scenes at our stadium were magnificent and a giant-killing could be on the cards again. No disrespect, but is Manchester United playing Fulham more attractive to a football purist? For us, that money, £135,000, would be massive, it would save our season after relegation to the Conference, which was a huge blow,” said Harris, whose team hosted the Premier league club Wigan in the fourth round of the FA Cup. They lost the match 1-0 and were knocked out of the competition.

TV SCHEDULE IS PUNISHING

The television schedule is extremely punishing on the clubs, while they also enjoy more power in football nowadays according to the manager of Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson. The 70-year-old has always been critical of the way television has dominated English football in recent years. Most of the traditional fixtures have been changed in order to accommodate TV company requirements. Ferguson has said that it almost cost them the title on numerous occasions, while his was also recalled that United almost exclusively lost the title in 2010 as a result of it.

Ferguson has said that United had to play European and Premier league matches in the space of a few days, which took a lot out of the players when it came to their energy levels. He has said that United are always at a disadvantage when it comes to the TV schedule because people demand watching the club on a regular basis. As a result, the television companies decide to alter the fixture list of United in such a way that they are on television more often than not. United are currently top of the table with a seven-point advantage, which means that the second half of the season will be focused on United as they look to win the 20th Premier league title.

“The year we lost the title to Chelsea we played in midweek in Europe and then played a lunchtime game against Chelsea on the Saturday, and they battered us. The biggest disadvantage [in the title race] will be television because the demand for United will never weaken. If they get us playing on Saturday lunchtime after European games it will be ridiculous. We have tried to stop it but TV control these things – they absolutely control it,” said the United manager, who has always been critical of TV power.

NO TV DISRUPTION

The officials from the majority of the Spanish clubs have confirmed that the 2012-13 La Liga season will not face any disruption this season and will be starting as planned. An emergency meeting has been held between the professional soccer league and the disgruntled clubs in order to discuss the TV rights problem. However, this is not expected to delay the start of the new Spanish league season as it happened in the previous season. The Spanish league has been often affected by strikes just before the start, and it appeared to be the case once again this time around as well.

However, a majority of the clubs have now confirmed that the league will start as planned. The disgruntled clubs, which amount 13 in number, has said that they are not happy with the way that the broadcasters Mediapro and Canal+ have handled the issue. Both these broadcasters have a lot of debts with the 13 clubs in the Spanish la Liga, which has started affecting the revenues and net income of the clubs. As a result, they want their future sorted out as soon as possible, but has said that the start of the new season will not be affected as a result of this protest.

“There will have to be a solution but it won’t be ready tomorrow. It was an extremely important step forward that the secretary of state is perfectly aware of the issues to be addressed. We fully agree that the way football is organised in Germany would be an ideal formula to apply in Spain, both in the equitable distribution of (cash from) audiovisual rights and treating the fans with maximum respect,” said the president of Real Betis, Miguel Guillen in a recent interview ahead of the start of the new season.

TV THE MAIN INCOME

It is a well-known fact that Manchester United are one of the greatest football club in the world and a majority of their income comes from the TV money. Of course, being the champion of England numerous times in the last few years certainly helps.

Manchester United on TV is a very much normal occasion, as they are pretty much on TV throughout the weekend. One of the most recent matches in which Manchester United attracted a lot of TV viewers was in the FA Cup fourth-round match against Liverpool. Manchester United are coming into the match after having beaten Manchester City in a thrilling encounter.

The third round fixture between the two Manchester clubs ended in a 3-2 win for Manchester United, which has boosted the expectations for the match against Liverpool– another arch rival for Manchester United. One of the things that has spiced up the encounter is the record Manchester United have been having at Anfield in recent seasons. Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has not left Anfield with a win since 2006. As expected, Manchester United again struggled against Liverpool in the match. Manchester United finally ended up losing 2-1 to a Liverpool side that was missing Luis Suarez.

However, the match has turned out to be a huge commercial success for Manchester United due to the TV income that it has generated. It has been estimated that around 6 million viewers tuned in to watch the match. The Saturday’s FA Cup match between the two great clubs was seen by around 6 million viewers during the peak time. The match was shown on both ITV1 HD and ITV1. Compared to this, the match between Sunderland and Middlesbrough attracted only 4 million viewers on Sunday. The Manchester United match had a market share of 32.1 percentage on ITV1.

MANCINI: TV TIMES MAY HURT US

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said that the TV Times are causing a lot of problems for Manchester City. Manchester city are currently leading the Barclays Premier League by three points and are one of the favourites to lift the title alongside Manchester United.

However, they have been slipping from their strong position of late, as Roberto Mancini has accused the TV companies of maximising their revenue without taking into consideration the affect it has on the teams. Mancini is not the first manager to criticised the TV times of the clubs, as Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said in the past that the deal with the TV companies is both beneficial and problematic.

Manchester city looked on course for their first title in the Premier League when they were leading the Premier League by five points. However, their crucial match against Chelsea was rescheduled for Monday night in order to accommodate television requests. Manchester City lost the match 2-1 and their form has nosedived since then. Not only did Manchester City lose their first match of the season, but they have also lost their first home game after nearly 2 years. Manchester City had only 48 hours to prepare for the clash with Liverpool and it is something that has infuriated Roberto Mancini.

“I’m disappointed only because we play on the Sunday, January 1, away to Sunderland at 3pm, and then against Liverpool on the third. Liverpool play on the Friday night, the 30th, at home to Newcastle and then against us. I think that makes it easier for others,” Roberto Mancini said with regard to the fixture list for other teams in comparison with Manchester City. He has said that clubs need more than just two days of rest in order to be ready for the opponents.