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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Raider999 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Feb 2021 at 20:06
Originally posted by Bigmal Bigmal wrote:

I'm having trouble understanding what is the strategy here - the chances of fans being allowed to travel have to be slim especially as Mhazelnutille has problems with C 19.

I know it is 3 months away but I can't see everyone being vaccinated by then either.

Not much thought being given to the fans?


It's all about completing the competition to satisfy BT.

I don't think they have got as far as thinking past the next 2 rounds - so I doubt fans have even been considered.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote PiffPaff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Feb 2021 at 07:57
It has got nothing to do with BT.

EPCR sold TV Rights to multiple companies, BT is just one of them. Its about EPCR getting their cut pure and simple.

FYI, TV Deals are with BT (for UK), Sky Italia (Italy), beIN Sports (Aus and NZ) and S4C have a deal to provide Welsh language coverage of games involving Welsh sides. 

There are also some Live streaming agreements in place.

You'd think TV Companies run the game given some of the comments on here. BT were not happy with the ringfencing in the Prem and told PRL so. PRL have agreed to an unspecified tweak to their agreement as the ink wasn't quite dry on their new 3 year £110 Million deal.
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Originally posted by PiffPaff PiffPaff wrote:

It has got nothing to do with BT.

EPCR sold TV Rights to multiple companies, BT is just one of them. Its about EPCR getting their cut pure and simple.

FYI, TV Deals are with BT (for UK), Sky Italia (Italy), beIN Sports (Aus and NZ) and S4C have a deal to provide Welsh language coverage of games involving Welsh sides. 

There are also some Live streaming agreements in place.

You'd think TV Companies run the game given some of the comments on here. BT were not happy with the ringfencing in the Prem and told PRL so. PRL have agreed to an unspecified tweak to their agreement as the ink wasn't quite dry on their new 3 year £110 Million deal.


You contradict yourself in the first 2 sentences.

Organisers have already stated that they are trying to satisfy the broadcasters - presumably to avoid having to give partial refunds to them.
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Really? The first two sentences contradict your wild assumption that a TV Broadcaster told a governing body/competition to complete its competition in the middle of a pandemic to satisfy them. Why didn't BT tell PRL to carry on the season in March 2020 when Lockdown 1.0 happened?

Player welfare should trump any other reason to complete a fixture. EPCR feel that they can successful complete a modified competition safely. Yes it helps if that means they don't have to give TV money back but to suggest a Broadcaster calls the shots on running a competition is wrong.
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Originally posted by PiffPaff PiffPaff wrote:

Really? The first two sentences contradict your wild assumption that a TV Broadcaster told a governing body/competition to complete its competition in the middle of a pandemic to satisfy them. Why didn't BT tell PRL to carry on the season in March 2020 when Lockdown 1.0 happened?

Player welfare should trump any other reason to complete a fixture. EPCR feel that they can successful complete a modified competition safely. Yes it helps if that means they don't have to give TV money back but to suggest a Broadcaster calls the shots on running a competition is wrong.


Never said they did - just said the TVs rights were a consideration on the decision made by the organisers - there is a big difference!
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