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The four big questions as we carry on waiting

There will be no more scenes like these should the game get underway on June 8


By Hugh Southon

It’s surely time to get a few things straight as the top clubs try to press gang those at the bottom into finishing the campaign on any terms.

And the first is that the idea of getting things underway again came – not from the Premier League – but from  government as a plan to lift the nation’s morale by getting some sport back onto TV.

There were fears from the Premier League that TV would be demanding something like £720 million for matches which were planned but not broadcast and there are still overseas broadcasters who may go down that route.

But the general view is that given the situation worldwide with every organisation affected talks aimed at settling such issues will take place and mutual agreements arrived at.

So with the scenario surrounding a possible easing of lock down restrictions still unknown the questions are:

  • Will we be able to safely restart?
  • If so, given circumstances which have changed out of all recognition since last August, should clubs be relegated via a neutral ground conclusion?
  • Will the TV companies – starved of football and desperate to get it back – be happy broadcasting games where the campaign isn’t concluded as such but the games played for entertainment purposes only to fulfill  government’s morale building purposes?
  • Should the return of football, if it happens, be accompanied by that of other sports and if so which?

The first question is unanswerable at the moment but the second is a given for me. Such are the changed circumstances that no club should be awarded a title or relegated.

That leads directly into the broadcasting issue and although I believe the TV firms would show the game under any circumstances playing what would amount to no more than friendly games would see them surely want a reduction on monies paid.Also that would at the very least allow clubs to fulfill sponsorship deals by games being seen.

There are those among several clubs who believe this scenario would suit TV!

Other sports all have their own proposals in place but we hear little of them because King Football appears to take precedence over them all.

We must wait and see but I don’t see the rest of this season being anything other than cancelled a good idea.

Right at this moment the only answer to many of these problems is ‘There is no answer.’



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About Hugh5outhon1895

Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!" Follow on Twitter @hughsouthon

2 comments on “The four big questions as we carry on waiting

  1. The Premier League need to think of the ramifications that this will have on English football as a whole. Say we get ‘project restart’ underway, what happens to the teams in the Championship, do we do the same for them? Then what about League One and League Two? The more players that play, the higher the risk. The decision has to be one that is reflected across the board and not just for the elite. Quite simply, the season shouldn’t be restarted and should be decided on a points per game basis. This should be done across all the leagues who can’t finish their season. Focus more on the health of the staff rather than the unnecessary use of health resources, the brand and money. Even if lockdown is lifted, the pandemic is still continuing.

  2. I still say we wait until a better all clear especially if the TV companies are willing to not ask for any money back.
    The 2020-21 can wait.
    Re-start when it’s pefrectly acceptable to do so at every teams ground.
    If it means waitng until August so be it. The season can finish at the end of September.
    Due to the WC in 2022 fixtures are going to be screwed anyway in the 2021/22 and 2022/23 season. Just have season starting in Jan and ending in October/November again with a summer break .

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