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The Future of County Cricket
BBC are getting right back in to high profile main stream sport. LIVE netball on today!! Are Sky and BT worried?
LE - aka John
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Sky show games from the national netball league, which gets better attendances than many lower level Scottish league teams!
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Lower lever Scottish league teams ! So who cares?
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The BBC are pretty crap for live sport unless you are into Rugby or snooker which many of you are I know, but I'm not. They do show Wimbledon but that's just a once a year thing and the Davis cup which I couldn't care less about really. Even with the FA Cup they just show the top teams. BT cover the national league which is good and some test cricket.

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Totally agree about the BBC...... it would rather spend its money on certain stars salaries which they describe as "the market rate".... not realising that they part define that rate.

Its all going to end in tears and some sports are really going to suffer.

Football may get significant revenues from abroad - but others are going to have a lean time when their contracts are next negotiated.

Crickets hope is that T20 in what ever form will draw big stars, big attendances and big viewing figures..... Outside international cricket and T20, Sky and BT wont give a fig about the rest of the domestic game. Prepare for a few major cost cutting exercises.......
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Interesting interview with Neil Snowball:
http://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/931...al-decline
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Interesting....

After nearly five decades, I've given up on 50 over cricket and much of the championship.

I don't like domestic 50 over cricket - and the championship has become too expensive for what it has to offer. I'm not paying around £20 to watch a CC match from mid afternoon during the week..... and memberships are now too expensive unless you have a lot of time on your hands.

I'm probably not the only one either.... the comment "We have good crowds of between 1500 and 2000, they're our loyal members but it's a challenge." speaks volumes in so many ways.

Day night championship matches in June may prompt me to rethink.... but that will be a pay on the day decision.

For me, I will only be focusing on T20 and Test Match cricket.

To be fair to the club - the advance ticket prices for T20 and the test are excellent.... the T20 season ticket very good and (I believe)Children under 16 getting in for free to T20 outstanding.

T20 is the future of the professional game.... we can huff and puff and think its all outrageous... but it is the only way the game will grow in the UK and around the world.
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2 points,1,the 1st5games have Friday starts so there's weekend cricket for you there,2 how do we produce test cricketers without playing the proper format of the game?!
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Feast or Famine. Sadly all now irrelevant..... The professional and commercial future of the game is T20..... Young children are mostly not going to want to spend the whole of Saturday and Sunday watching red ball cricket .... T20 is what they mostly are going to want. Sundays used to have 40 over cricket .... and a big junior bears following with their parents.

Crowds of around 1,500 for a championship game made up of "loyal members" is certainly going to be a financial challenge.... do the club actually sell any tickets on the day for an average championship match any more? Indeed how much is it to attend all four days of a championship match..... £ 60, £ 80? Not good for an away supporter or an "ad-hoc" follower of the game.

"Traditional" cricket is sadly in a financial mess and the game not being visible at all on "terrestrial" TV is leaving on the edge of a demographic time bomb....

The only question is how to keep the four day game alive to provide players for Test cricket?

T20 is the way forward... the rest is sadly just managing the "denouement" of a piece of history.
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£60, £80,still better value than whatever the cost for a slog that doesn't last3 hours,cricket is meant to be a long game ,if someone had told you 20 years ago this new crazy version would come about even you wouldn't have believed it,popularity doesn mean quality
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You are both right, Simon and WB. The one that I will wholeheartedly agree with WB is what Sunday afternoons used to be. The 40 over cricket finishing by 730 (better still when it finished earlier) attracted families and most importantly it was a great way to introduce pre-teenagers to the game.

I remember bringing my grandson from the age of 6 - he then became a JB at the age of 7. He loved every minute of it. OK so he has moved away from the game now due to many factors not least being he no longer sees the game on TV and consequently struggles to follow what is happening in the world of cricket. I suspect however, that later in life he will find the time to return to the game and when he does I am sure Warwickshire will be the team he supports.

I have to say Simon I cannot see a casual follower of the game spending £80 to watch a whole game of CC with all the added costs of travel and eating/drinking.
LE - aka John
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Interesting article on Cricinfo today:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-crick...86257.html

I really don't see how it's going to work, particularly with the 50 over competition going on at the same time. That, and the fact that counties may not be able to play at their home grounds for some matches!
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Yes, George on the case as usual
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And the players used to complain they play too much cricket!

Initially it appears a very complicated way to reorganise the cricket season. It will be interesting to read George's views.
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Consultation event with members about the proposed new T20 competition.
Oh, hang on, it's Somerset, not Warwickshire.  Oh,well...
http://www.somersetcountycc.co.uk/2017/0...Rzmx7Qc.97
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A £15 million loss in the first year? well, that sounds like a great idea:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/cricket/2017/...5-million/

As the White Queen said to Alice:
"Jam every other day."
Alice couldn't help laughing, as she said, "I don't care for jam."
"It's very good jam," said the Queen.
"Well, I don't want any to-day, at any rate."
"You couldn't have it if you did want it," the Queen said. "The rule is, jam to-morrow and jam yesterday – but never jam to-day."
"It must come sometimes to 'jam to-day'," Alice objected.
"No, it can't," said the Queen. "It's jam every other day: to-day isn't any other day, you know."
"I don't understand you," said Alice. "It's dreadfully confusing!"

Yes, I'm with Alice on this one!
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Do the ECB understand finance or even cricket? They will be offering a job to Nicola Sturgeon next!
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No longer sounds like quite the no brainer we were being lead to believe. Somebody must be trousering an awful lot of money in fees and consultancy, don't you think?
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I am hoping it will get kicked into the long grass.

However I suspect Graves and his cohorts have so much personal capital tied up in this idea that they will do whatever it takes to make it fly.

I remember back in the late-90s when the football league were sucked into a "jam tomorrow" deal with OnDigital. Some clubs were nearly sent over the edge. Might be worth some of our county chairman revisiting that deal to so how pear-shaped things could go.

Whatever happens I am certainly not paying anything over and above my existing membership or tv subscription fees to watch this if and when it arrives. But then I guess, as a middle-class retired 54 yo I am not the target demographic.   9898
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As decision time approaches for the new T20 competition, I've tried to pose a few key questions to which supporters don't know the answers:
http://deepextracover.com/2017/03/twenty...h-cricket/
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