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Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Terry - 02-12-2014

Positive noises from Surrey's Chief Executive:
http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2015/content/current/story/806261.html


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Paul - 02-12-2014

Yes I don't think personally that a domestic highlights programme will make much difference, We need lsome live cricket on free to air.


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Exiled Bear - 03-12-2014

It would at least be a start. It doesn't seem to mention what form of cricket the highlights would be of, but I presume it would be limited overs stuff. If nothing else, it might alert people of the presence of county cricket.


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - GrizzlyBear - 03-12-2014

I agree with EB: it's a start. The absence of cricket from mainstream telly is surely a contributory factor in declining interest.

That said, limited overs cricket is a poor simulacrum of "proper" cricket. Condensing it into highlights just boggles the mind. Every ball a six?  


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Paul - 03-12-2014

If its condensed to 30 mins its crap. If its one hour then maybe ok. 2 hours brilliant! Cricket is a sport that doesn't do condensed highlights too well. Football yes cricket no!


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - narsty simon - 03-12-2014

(03-12-2014, 10:30 AM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: I agree with EB: it's a start. The absence of cricket from mainstream telly is surely a contributory factor in declining interest.

That said, limited overs cricket is a poor simulacrum of "proper" cricket. Condensing it into highlights just boggles the mind. Every ball a six?  

Sadly,there are people who would enjoy that,the shorter the format the better for some!


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Warleybear - 05-12-2014

No FTA cricket has been a slow burning disaster for the game...... The true repocussions still to be felt. Anything is better than nothing.... the spirit of 2005 now a distant memory.


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Terry - 12-07-2015

The figures in this article are a bit depressing:
http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2015/jul/12/ashes-sky-england-australia-ecb-tv


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Paul - 12-07-2015

Thats the danger of the ecb selling their soul to sky. Cricket is becoming a minority sport. Forget highlights and radio coverage, we need live test cricket on one of the terrestrial channels even if it means the ecb taking a loss in revenue. When the ashes has to compete with a 1974 repeat of Columbo for viewing figures we should be worried.


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Warleybear - 12-07-2015

Very true... I refer back to my post of 5th December....

Yes... Sky do a good job and probably wouldn't want to give up any coverage without big exclusivity commercial penalties... But the game needs to wake up to the dangers of being reliant on one viewing platform. More people watched Columbo than the Ashes.... Dear oh dear :-(


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Paul - 12-07-2015

Yes I said it at the time when sky got the tv rights to all cricket. Ok central contracted players are now earning mega bucks but how long will it last if the viewing figures keep dropping. All this money has been spent on redeveloping grounds and to be fair test cricket is well supported in this country but in 10 or 20 years time will this be the case.


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - JunXS - 25-07-2015

I haven't got the stats to back this up, but it seems the ashes series is being overkilled. Played twice a year, when I was young I'm sure England used to have series with all teams and The ashes would be like every 3-4 years?

Think it's down to falling viewing figures so they want to milk the cash cow.


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Paul - 25-07-2015

Its rediculous the amount of times we play Australia now. Guess the grounds sellout still but its 5 years since we've played Pakistan in England.


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - rednalbear - 25-07-2015

with the goings on they were up to that year against us and australia good


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Leicester Exile - 25-07-2015

The "rule" used to be Ahes tests at home once every 4 years. The gap was closed to bring the tests in Oz away from the world cup. I believe it should go back to every 4 years but then the cow is there to be milked.


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Paul - 25-07-2015

(25-07-2015, 04:18 PM)rednalbear Wrote: with the goings on they were up to that year against us and australia good

Very true and that maybe the reason we haven't played them at home since, although we are playing later in the year and I believe next summer. Anyway my point was if you play the same side every year or two it will kill test cricket in this country and we need variety in our game. 

How do we learn the art of playing different style of bowlers if we just play the same teams over and over again. We will have a rude awakening when we go to the UAE and face Yasir Shah


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Warleybear - 25-07-2015

Sadly after a couple of recent tours, the games administrators know that there will be very little stomach for people to pay good money to watch England play Pakistan in Tests in England...

Saying that... We play Australia far too frequently at the moment IMHO.


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Terry - 23-08-2015

BT get in on the act - still not free-to-air but maybe a fresh approach:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-3208147/BT-Sport-grab-2017-18-Ashes-TV-rights-rivals-Sky-Sports-350m-coup.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Exiled Bear - 23-08-2015

(23-08-2015, 09:35 PM)Terry Wrote: BT get in on the act - still not free-to-air but maybe a fresh approach:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-3208147/BT-Sport-grab-2017-18-Ashes-TV-rights-rivals-Sky-Sports-350m-coup.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

I don't know what's more surprising - the news story or the fact that Terry reads the Daily Mail!


RE: Return of free-to-air cricket coverage? - Terry - 23-08-2015

(23-08-2015, 09:58 PM)Exiled Bear Wrote:
(23-08-2015, 09:35 PM)Terry Wrote: BT get in on the act - still not free-to-air but maybe a fresh approach:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/article-3208147/BT-Sport-grab-2017-18-Ashes-TV-rights-rivals-Sky-Sports-350m-coup.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

I don't know what's more surprising - the news story or the fact that Terry reads the Daily Mail!

That and the Morning Star are my daily reading matter.