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It wasn’t until I noticed a Tim blowing up online regarding Skys non screening of our Hibs game that the penny dropped this affects us all, and the timing couldn’t be worse.
For a fanbase used to choice, and in a world where everything is online, for a game not to be televised at all in this day and age just seems wrong.
Fans of Brechin, Stockport County and Cliftonville would roll their eyes at that statement, and I admit in normal times they would have a point, but they aren’t in our shoes.
For this game to have no coverage will leave many tens of thousands in limbo, as it could well be history in the making, yet we are left to turn to the old transistor wireless ala the 50’s.
And its a BIG game. It has to be stated there is a chance it will be Lenny’s last in charge (for this spell) as a thrashing here would probably be too much for everyone.
But a thrashing is exactly what the Hibee’s would love to hand out, don’t believe anything else.
For starters their manager has been earning high praise, is said to be quite tactical, and was even tipped for our hotseat by a few Tims, he has no better chance to cement his potential credentials.
The old Hibees that played under Lenny, or any youth ignored then but playing now, will be absolutely desperate to pile the pressure on their old boss they helped force out.
And after the Covid / International break no one knows exactly what they are gonna get from us.
It all screams of a must watch game where we could see the Champions implode or step up to the plate.
And we won’t see it !?
Why must be asked. I read that Skys next three televised SPL games will all feature the same team, our title rivals. I understand the leading team may be televised more overall, but three games in a row, after Translategate, plus their general attitude regarding the national sport up north, helps this Tim feel there’s some institutional bias at play, plus a bit of currying favour for the future taking place here.
‘Stevie’ won’t be here much longer, is being hyped up by the media down south as a future EPL maybe Liverpool manager one day, and getting him in front of the camera helps Sly Sports to justify the meager pittance they pay to the game up north.
Getting in his good books now makes sense then I guess, and he himself did well out of the relationship via positive spin as after all not winning something for two years over there usually would see the media help force you out, but that just never happened.
Both parties will be hoping for a trio of magnificent victories followed by Cheshire Cat interviews, great business and television all around.
Except for the rest of us.
Now the Hibs home fans will have the game, its correct and befitting their VST permits them to watch all home games, but there is no PPV available for fans of the opposing team (at least not yet) which really shows the disjointed nature of Scottish football.
I understand their fans weren’t impressed when our own club didn’t allow them to buy our last meeting, and I agree with them. I’ve no idea why that happened, but it shouldn’t have, and all top flight matches should be available for a reasonable fee I believe.
But then this shouldnt be getting made up on the hoof, these decisions should have been determined by the SPL board or via a members vote, and protocols set in stone, but no.
Of course the SPL will hardly care that Tims miss a game. Their favoured team is on instead so what’s the problem?
Meanwhile you and me are left to get on with it, never mind it’s a momentous season or the fact supporters can’t go to their beloved game so should be indulged via streams or tv channels more than ever.
Never mind this has the chance to be a season, maybe an era defining game.
And never mind the fact this has the potential to go very wrong when that one guy who can somehow get the game invites the guys around for a wee session, illegal now in many places but Tims need to watch their team and shouldnt be put in this position.
Part of me hopes it’s a real cracking game just to ram it up the executives that patently bypassed us, but then would they even care?
They will probably get exactly what they want from Ibrox, with no guarantees the same wouldn’t happen again.
Of course your money isnt second class for those still paying Murdoch, just you.
There may be sunshine on Leith occasionally, but next Saturday there’ll be no cameras for us.
The sooner we get rid of Sly Sports for good the better.