Thinking the title is probably not original, but bear with me.
What if... all the recent events at News Corp threatens the stability of News Corp and their holdings including Sky TV (and associated Sky/Fox Sports channels around the world)?
Don't get me wrong: I don't think it's a panacea to our own personal failings as a club, in fact it could be a very negative thing in many ways; suddenly the financial strength of a club's owners becomes even MORE important.
Which means our situation gets WORSE and not better.
I am not an expert on these things, so help me here, folks:
1. What is the likelihood of Sky / Fox Sports changing ownership?
2. What is the likely impact on the value of global TV rights for the Premier League and/or how they are structured with (fairly?) equal distribution?
3. What happens to Everton FC if all the TV money dries up?
I just cancelled my Fox Soccer TV subscription which enabled me to watch MANY live games on broadband internet connection without cable TV... (-;
Hard to do, I love watching Everton and the Premier League in general, but I couldn't live with supporting Murdoch and his organization after what's come out in the last two weeks.
It was hard enough as it is watching anything broadcast by Fox (anyone who ever watched Fox "News" understands what I mean).
Call me a sanctimonious fool if you wish, but it was a small gesture to show my personal disgust at these people.
Julian Wait, Posted 16/07/2011 at 23:09:28
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1 Posted 17/07/2011 at 04:08:32
Plus, this is the guy that owns the 'news'. He can control the public's view of him and his companies whenever he feels like it.
2 Posted 17/07/2011 at 04:42:56
3 Posted 17/07/2011 at 05:05:37
However, I can not see a Tory government doing anymore then slapping Murdoch on the wrist.
4 Posted 17/07/2011 at 05:37:11
Some funny / disturbing videos for your enlightenment / amusement:
Fox And Friends' Comically Clumsy Defense of News Corp.
Steve Coogan and Greg Dyke rip into Paul McMullen on Newsnight
5 Posted 17/07/2011 at 06:28:42
Over here, the mocking of him and how he forces his Talking Heads to spout outright lies as "News" is gaining steam (Do you get John Stewart's show there).
On the other hand, Rupert is all about making money and Ailes has him raking in the sheckles, which (fairly) driven, ruthless owners are about in any field.
Unfortunately for Murdoch (If I'm understanding the tone of your post Julian), the big circle of life has sent back to you what you sent out. Ruthless pursuit of profit in the political arena is common, normal even, but requires subtlety.
Fox now makes such massive gelt that they seem to have lost the way. I'd say most of that is Murdoch's age and his non-existant plan for succession. So backstage is becoming a free-for-all for position.
Ailes the prime example in America where Obama's team is going to crush the right trumpeting Fox News' lies in our coming National elections.
6 Posted 17/07/2011 at 07:04:04
7 Posted 17/07/2011 at 08:22:52
And I love Austin! I have a house in Harker Heights outside Fort Hood and can't wait to get back.
8 Posted 17/07/2011 at 08:23:42
The silence in response has been deafening but sadly, until we all forsake the Sky gravy train, the situation will continue to exist where 14 clubs in the Premiership are just there to give the Sky 6 a home and away fixture.
I must admit I have harboured (probably naive) hopes that Sky will disappear in to oblivion, taking football as we know it down too. I honestly believe that painful though this would be, it is the only realistic chance ANYONE, (including Everton and Accrington Stanley), has of winning the top league in England ever again. These hugely wealthy owners are after publicity and without the Sky exposure I believe they would bale out in a moment.
Someone put a list on a link last week, showing the teams who have won the EPL since its creation. If it wasn't so sad, it would be laughable.
You never know, maybe Obama and the FBI will bring Murdoch down?
Now, as the rest of you are not going to jump on board with the boycott idea, I'll go and check to see that my $80 monthly direct debit has gone into Murdoch's coffers.
9 Posted 17/07/2011 at 10:29:38
10 Posted 17/07/2011 at 10:55:53
The TV rights for the Premier League are so valuable that even if Sky disappeared in a puff of smoke, the PL would simply sell those rights to someone else (whoever bought Sky's satellites, probably) for a similar amount of money, as they know people will pay to watch. The PL have stated on more than one occasion that they won't sell to free-to-air channels as they don't have the money.
11 Posted 17/07/2011 at 11:00:04
My sky box broke and to be honest I couldn't be bothered with it any more.
I sent an email cancelling and they rang back pronto.
I now have a new box upgraded to HD installed free of charge and the HD paid for 10 months. They also sent a free router with free broadband.
I'm quite ashamed of both my smugness and craven supplication.
I've applied for Elstone's job if he gets the boot.
12 Posted 17/07/2011 at 11:23:01
13 Posted 17/07/2011 at 12:58:19
I cling on to the hope that nothing lasts forever, and perhaps FIFA UEFA or any other organisation will bring some economic sanity into the madhouse that is the Premier League. As a start James, you?re American and if you?ve got any influence with Obama, how about some drone strikes on football agents?
14 Posted 17/07/2011 at 13:32:22
15 Posted 17/07/2011 at 13:43:37
The top clubs would still have the mega-rich owners.
16 Posted 17/07/2011 at 14:05:57
17 Posted 17/07/2011 at 15:04:12
18 Posted 17/07/2011 at 15:14:56
Here is The Daily Show's piece on the NotW scandal http://gawker.com/5820243/jon-stewart-tackles-the-news-of-the-world-scandal
"You people are garbage" Joy!
19 Posted 17/07/2011 at 16:52:21
I do watch all the away games via various links on the internet but catch 22 with those because if the football TV market was destroyed those links would be lost and we would be back to MOTD or dodgy EFC website feeds!
Money HAS destroyed the game we once knew. Unfortunately there is no easy answer that everyone will accept. (3 foreigner rule might help a bit though!)
20 Posted 17/07/2011 at 17:27:23
21 Posted 17/07/2011 at 17:32:47
By that you mean there's a global impact because American's have been effected oven the rumours of 9/11 victims having had their phones messed with. Sadly you media is almost as tarnished as ours when it comes to Murdoch. The NoTW was an easy target, and anyone thinking other papers don't pay Police and/or use gather personal information underhandedly is naive to say the least.
Of course NoTW was the easy villain and scapegoat... and Simply Red's poisonous twin sister had to go too - I'm just surprised she lasted as long as she did. Sky won't suffer though. And Fox sports is only likely to get the French's mustard treatment from the American public I'm afraid.
I'm not anti-American by the way, I'm actually currently loving being out here on honeymoon (hence the distinct lack of contribution of late - wedding planning, and possibly also feeling the general apathy towards this up coming season).
22 Posted 17/07/2011 at 18:56:50
The is so much money to be made by Sky that the money they pay for the Prem doesn't even register with them, the advertising rights and the exposure far out weigh that risk.
Agree with Chad #21 about NotW, I think he was going to bin it anyway, but I don't think he thought the South's fav rag, the Scum, would be affected too but I'm loving that!
Anybody heard how the U20s got on?
23 Posted 18/07/2011 at 01:30:34
It's amazing how often I discover a US oriented story reported somewhat prominently in the UK main newspapers, that doesn't register here in the media for most folks, certainly not with any significance.
You imply that Murdoch was targeted and that other Newspapers are just as bad. Whilst I am sure all journalists cross into quasi-legal territory, I just think these guys went beyond the pale, and for me there was the main issues identified up top that might impact Everton, as a result of the broader issues:
1. Will they be prosecuted in the US as well as the UK?
2. Will there be a corporate restructure?
3. Will this impact the equally despicable Fox News?
Nice to see the third red top (Rebekah) get prosecuted today. We're all praying that this leads to a paper trail back to Cheney and Rove and we can bring them down too, I mean I bet they're RS fans aren't they?
24 Posted 18/07/2011 at 03:37:29
I'd heard about Fox "news" but Christ (or should that be gee whiz or something), it's about as biased as it gets!
My other dig was indeed at the American's idea of international news... which only becomes relevant if it features them - but as an ex pat, that's tantamount to teaching you to suck eggs, right?
25 Posted 18/07/2011 at 04:16:50
26 Posted 18/07/2011 at 04:23:26
Now Fox News (more about them in a minute) and their like call NPR "Non Patriotic Radio" which tells you a lot in itself. i.e. if it isn't part of the US booster club and fuck everyone else, then, damn it, it's not patriotic.
PLEASE do not think all Americans are like that or that they enjoy Fox News. It's not all Americans. I could expand but this is about Everton and not progressive theory. :-)
27 Posted 18/07/2011 at 04:38:13
28 Posted 18/07/2011 at 05:26:23
I think it's worth pointing out Murdoch runs the company like he'll never die. There isn't a successor.
Once he's gone, anticipate a slide downward in Fox. You can love or hate Rupert, but few like him come along; good or bad.
29 Posted 18/07/2011 at 05:50:26
I'm just saying.
30 Posted 18/07/2011 at 09:40:09
All apart from Chelski, Shitteh and a couple of others who have owners that earn more in a minute than the whole of Goodison earns in their lifetime, will go out of business.
We'll not be in as bad a position and certain others, but that clubs depend on that cash just to pay their wage bills.
It'd all be quite funny in my opinion. What would be even funnier would be if that twat Murdoch went to prision.
I'll be keeping my Sky subscription as I like Baseball, Super League and Cricket - I've not missed the bullshit that surrounds the PL over the past couple of months to be honest....
I certainly haven't missed those nobheads Keys & Gray.
31 Posted 19/07/2011 at 09:38:53
And Julian, I fully appreciate that not all Americans are switched off to anything outside of their country... and you're right that the British press can be pretty crap too.
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