Scottish football in serious trouble amid latest TV disaster

Scottish football in serious trouble amid latest TV disaster
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: Neil Doncaster, the CEO of the Scottish Premier League, talks during the Leaders In Sport conference at Stamford Bridge on October 11, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

Once again, yet another bumbling SPFL and SFA disaster, particularly the SPFL, has befallen Scottish footballer after Nordic broadcasting giant Viaplay quit Scotland and a host of other markets in a bid to reduce costs.

In their previous guise of Premier Sports, a truly shockingly-run company we hasten to add at Ibrox Noise, the SPFL sold the league cup rights while the SFA blagged the Scottish Cup and NT over to the formerly-Irish company.

It was widely-condemned, not just because Premier Sports were by a distance the poorest sports broadcaster in the UK territories (and with Sky Sports around that takes some doing), but because it took a bunch of football away from terrestrial TV into premium content and subsequently subscription-based.

But of course, the absolute clowns in charge of our game, particularly Neil Doncaster, who is paid to produce the most incompetent decisions in the history of our game, went ahead with this deal regardless of public opinion or credibility.

And while Viaplay in its newer guise was a better company than the hideous Premier Sports, a bad decision has once again bitten our game in the backside as the Scandinavians pull out of Scotland and leave the Scottish cups with no full broadcaster (BBC has some rights still) and the national team with no partner.

It’s not even a surprise that we pay £400,000 a year for Neil Doncaster, who has insurance on his position of £1M, incidentally, to absolutely blunder his way frequently throughout the game north of the border.

We cannot think of a single decent thing the man or his cohorts have done since inexplicably getting appointed and while this wasn’t completely his doing, and was in major part an SFA decision, there’s SFA going right with how he and the governing body do things at times.

How does it affect Rangers? Not all that much, but then this is our home too so anything damaging Scottish football will affect our club too.

Marvelous stuff.

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