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Structural change pack ice moving again

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Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack gave us a glimpse into the finances of practically every club in Europe by explaining the financial predicament his club finds itself in.  They expected £1m in match day income between now and the end of the season, as well as £5m season ticket money by June, summer merchandising income and hospitality income.  Instead, they have practically zero income stretching out for an indeterminate number of months – quite possibly until August or September.

Monthly outgoings at Aberdeen are £1.2m, this month’s costs will consume nearly all the £1.5m they had in the bank at the start of the month.  How they, and others, meet payroll April, May and June, is a challenge for the industry.  Few clubs are as well run as Aberdeen, most will be in more serious peril.

This is not just a Scottish phenomenon; it will play out across Europe.  The Championship in England is particularly vulnerable. Around the time of the collapse of ITV Digital, Brian Quinn spoke of the pack ice of European football-broadcasting homogeny showing signs of a break up.  That financial crisis in English football passed when the Premier League stepped in to salve any sores.

It remains to be seen what, if any, issues afflict the Premier League.  Ticket and merchandising sales are almost irrelevant to the business model in England’s’ top tier. There, it is all about the domestic and international TV deals.  It cannot be emphasised enough, Premier League TV deals are absolutely critical to the entire pyramid of English football.  If the contracted number of games broadcast for this season or next cannot be fulfilled, the drop in income would have serious consequences.

You and I have been debating structural change in football for too long to get excited about any of this.  There is a better chance of things changing now than at any point in the last 18 years, but whatever change takes place will not necessarily involve Celtic. Still, we can ponder….

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  1. GORDYBHOY64-I have the best musical taste,we know that🕺

     

    How’s things Mate,what do you do know with everything closing 🍀

  2. cana

     

    sorry about your dad i worked with joe in the yards he was a charactor

     

     

    and a goo d mate to work with may he rest in peace

     

     

    prayer will be said

     

     

    gerry

  3. FB,

     

    been off since Friday night,other than going in for an hour

     

    on saturday to shut the place up.

     

    Only out for a bit today to walk to the shops,

     

    spent most of the day on Netflix.

  4. GORDYBHOY64-😉

     

    I haven’t watched any of the second season of power.No spoilers please 😉

  5. Alasdair MacLean on

    FairhilBhoy and Bognorbhoy,

     

     

    Cheers,

     

     

    I’m going to visit here more often now.

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  7. GORDYBHOY 64-is DD doing ok,last time I spoke to him he was bumping up a brilliant Aussie tribute band 😂😉

  8. Marspapa-I love Bruce,thanks pal-johnny 99 is my favourite for the same reason that Kenny Rodgers was my favourite,it was my music in school and its staid with me 💚

  9. FB

     

    not heard from DD in a long time,

     

    seen a couple of posts of his on SC

     

    but that was some time ago.

  10. Marspapa,

     

    FB is usually away to bed by now,

     

    dont give him reason to stay up please ;-))

  11. Alasdair MacLean on

    Well, don’t suppose anyone wants to get in touch with me – but if anyone does …welcome through P67.

     

     

    Most people here know who I am.

     

     

    Just wish we could meet.

  12. GORDYBHOY64 on 24TH MARCH 2020 10:47 PM

     

    Marspapa,

     

     

     

     

    FB is usually away to bed by now,

     

     

     

     

    dont give him reason to stay up please ;-))

     

     

    unfortunately he ,like some of us, has no work to go to…better to get used to lol

  13. ALASDAIR MACLEAN on 24TH MARCH 2020 10:53 PM

     

    Well, don’t suppose anyone wants to get in touch with me – but if anyone does …welcome through P67.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Most people here know who I am.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Just wish we could meet.

     

     

    Nearly got up for a game against county then found out the guys i was getting a lift from were staying overnight overnight .

     

     

    I love meeting new Tims , unfortunately the feeling is not always reciprocated :))

     

    Take care.

  14. FAIRHILL BHOY on 24TH MARCH 2020 10:21 PM

     

    GORDYBHOY64-😉

     

     

     

     

    I haven’t watched any of the second season of power.No spoilers please 😉

     

     

    Tommy still canny act….

  15. Canamalar

     

     

    Very sorry to read that your Dad has passed away.

     

     

    Condolences to you and yours.

     

     

    TT

  16. ALASDAIR MACLEAN on 24TH MARCH 2020 10:53 PM

     

     

    Great to see you posting again Alasdair. Thought we had lost another good one. Take care.

     

     

    Stay at home everyone. Beat the covid and save your essential workers and oldies lives. It’s not that difficult.

     

     

    Hail Hail

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