Robbo makes interesting Sweden claim about Rangers

Robbo makes interesting Sweden claim about Rangers
20th January 2019, Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow, Scotland; Mid season football friendly, Rangers versus Helsinki; Rangers Managing Director Stewart Robertson arrives for today s friendly match PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxHUNxSWExNORxDENxFINxONLY ActionPlus12097637 VagelisxGeorgariou

We find Stewart Robertson’s comparison with Sweden to be yet another wide of the mark.

The Swedish Allsvenskan is said to have a TV deal worth easily double what the Scottish Premiership gets, and Rangers’ managing director is complaining at our league being undersold, using that example.

There’s a few slight differences though – the Swedish top flight is a nation 20th in the world rankings (Scotland are 45th), and their league has 16 teams to Scotland’s 12.

They are also a much, MUCH bigger country (10.5M) and they have more than just two teams to sell.

That’s right, Rangers and Celtic are all the SPL has going for it, with the title ALWAYS going to one of these teams.

Meanwhile, in the last four years alone Sweden has seen three different champions. Four if you go back 8 years. It’s a better league for goodness’ sake, with far higher quality teams compared with the utter rubbish in the SPL below Rangers and Celtic.

So comparing a country of 6M with a country of 10.5M, far less the bizarre comparisons to the PL, demonstrates Robertson is arguing a point he just doesn’t believe in, and he’s not convincing us either.

Is our league undersold?

Well, compare it to any other similar-sized country in the world, particularly in Europe, in which two goliath teams are a chasm above the rest and there’s only a dozen teams in their top flight.

That’s right, there ISN’T another like this anywhere. There’s nothing we can compare Scotland to, so doing so is just invalid.

It’s why selling it isn’t easy – yes, the Old Firm matches are a jewel in the crown, the biggest club match in the world aside el clasico, but it is the only selling point we have. No one cares about Aberdeen, Hearts or Hibs.

Take away Rangers and Celtic and there is absolutely nothing to sell, and it’s the League of Ireland.

Add them, and it creates a curate’s egg of confusion.

Four valuable matches in a season really isn’t a big seller, and while we are no fans of the SPFL, they do have a tough job getting anything big for the broadcast rights.

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  1. The sky deal is garbage honestly , but no one else is waiting in the wings as the product on view is piss poor apart from the OF games and occasional Edinburgh Derbies. The rest are awful . I personally think the OF should get the most of the money and those further down that stabbed us in the back can go to wall at all levels .

  2. I am slightly confused ,was it not pointed out on here that sponsorship and TV deals were dreadful ? .I am no great fan of Robertson but I get 100 percent why he is trying to get a better TV deal ,2.4 million a year is shite and better off telling them to ram it and selling out own rights on a ppv basis round the world .If the spl knock it back then just go without ,2.4 million would barely cover goldsons wage for a year christ sake ,criminally undersold ..also I don’t care about league appeal rangers have MASSIVE appeal ,loads more than any Swedish club imo ,sell rights individually or not .

  3. Simple arithmetic. The Old firm ranks very highly in viewers, well above average viewers for EPL games. EPL games average £6.6 Million per game. Old Firm is well above average. So our TV package is worth £26.4 Million, easily, if you ignore all the other games in Scotland.
    Secondly, the new deal offers up to £30 Million by the end of it. Given cumulative inflation is likely to be anywhere between 20% and 40% in that time, that is a real pay cut on the present deal.
    Robertson is right, we are being shafted.

    • Mate, the audience for Old Firm matches in the UK is around less than two million. For PL games it averages 5M. No idea where you’re getting your numbers. So, wrong, I’m afraid.

  4. On that basis Sell each game for 20 quid – 40 million X 4 or 6 redistribute through league with OF getting lions share.

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