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Old 15-07-2012, 15:37   #1
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The Scottish Football Thread

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When will the anouncment be on the restructuring, ie promotion or saved from relegation for all the divisions?
There is a meeting of the SFA taking place tomorrow to find out if either Dundee or Dunfermline will take the old Rangers place in the SPL. Many SFL chairmen, and Scottish press, expect another twist in the tail.

If this season doesn't begin with Rangers in the 3rd division, the SFA and Scottish football will forever lose all integrity. Noticed another scare story on the front of The Sunday Mail this morning suggesting 5 SPL clubs will be bust within 6 weeks if Rangers start in the 3rd division. I'm pretty sure the SPL chairmen of these clubs knew the risks when they voted no to Rangers. Sporting integrity must be upheald at all costs.
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Old 15-07-2012, 17:23   #2
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Re: ESPN may lose EPL Football(Update)

Here is a copy of Stewart Regans e-mail, dated 23rd June 2012, sent to Scottish Premier League chief exec Neil Doncaster; Scottish Football League boss David Longmuir, SFL President Jim Ballantyne, SFA vice-president Alan McRae, Hibernian FC chief exec Rod Petrie and SPL chairman Ralph Topping.

”Dear all,

Many thanks for your contribution and support over the last two weeks in trying to deliver a programme of change that will move Scottish football forward whilst addressing the need to deal with the Rangers matter with integrity and in line with our own values as an organisation.

I was hugely encouraged with where we got to last night on a long and tiring phone call and I thank all of you for your efforts to move this issue forward.

I thought it would be helpful if I summarised where I think we are:

1. The Rangers Football Club will be relegated to the 1st Division of the SFL with immediate effect and will be replaced in the SPL by Dundee FC.

2. The television rights for Rangers FC matches in the SFL will be purchased by the SPL for the sum of £1m as a one-off fee for the season 2012/2013.

3. The two leagues will merge into a single league body – The Scottish Professional Football League – effective season 2013/14 – with a working party set up immediately involving representatives from the SPL, SFL and (if required) the Scottish FA to plan the integration of the two bodies – people, rules, rebranding, commercial considerations and so on.

4. A new Board of Directors will be appointed to govern the single league. The make up of this Board will consist of an Independent Chairman, CEO, 3 representatives from the Premier League, 2 representatives from the Championship/Leagues 1 & 2 and 2 Independent Non-Executive Directors.

5. Play-offs will be introduced immediately with the first matches taking place at the end of the coming season 2012/2013.

6. Enhanced parachute payments will be implemented from the end of the season 2012/2013 to soften the landing for club(s) relegated from the Premier League.

7. A revised all-through distribution model will be put in place to provide: a) An all-through distribution model for clubs 1-22 and a minimum guarantee for 20 clubs in Leagues 1 & 2, equivalent to what they would earn under the current settlement agreement.

8. A Pyramid System will be put in place which open up the bottom of League 2 effective from the end of season 2013/2014 with the first opportunity for promoted clubs to enter the league being 2014/15 thus allowing for licensing to take place.

9. Consolidation below the Third Division to take place to create a Lowland & Highland League structure effective 2014/15 with appropriate play-offs and promotion/relegation to be put in place. Clubs to be briefed that the previous season 2013/2014 will involve the opportunity to enter play-offs for the first time.

In terms of actions/timings I think the following needs to happen in this coming week:

A) A joint statement today from all 3 bodies confirming that productive discussions have taken place on a new blueprint for Scottish football. Consultation will continue over the next two weeks with a view to clubs getting together week commencing 2nd July to try and agree the way forward. (D Broadfoot to provide this and circulate to DL/ND for approval)

B) Rod P / Jim B to finalise the all-through financial model by Wednesday this week latest.

C) Neil / David to finalise the detail on Governance, Commercials and Play-Offs (ideally Monday/Tuesday) and incorporate these, plus the financials in B) above into a legally binding Heads of Terms ‘draft’ for presentation to each league body w/c 2nd July.

D) DL to organise SFL Board Meeting w/c 25th June to gain buy-in to the plan and also arrange an all club meeting w/c 2nd July

E) ND to gain support from SPL Clubs 28th June

F) SFL Clubs Meeting to be planned for 3rd July

G) SPL Club Meeting to be planned for 4th July

H) Scottish FA Board to sign off on the final plan post 4th July. Subject to approval all bodies (including Newco) to sign legal documentation.

I) Agree joint communication strategy

J) In parallel to A-D above, could Rod Petrie please brief Charles Green confidentially on the discussions from a Scottish FA perspective so that there are ‘no surprises’ and there is a general acceptance of the plan plus all of the other conditions discussed e.g. transfer embargo, fines, repayment of football debt, waiving rights to legal challenge, acceptance of relegation and so on.

K) Andrew to ensure our check list of disclosures relating to Newco and Fit & Proper Person criteria are delivered by 2nd july. The Board will need these plus the Heads of Terms above in order to complete this plan.

The Scottish FA Board have agreed to provide a one-off restructuring budget of £1m on condition the above plan is delivered.

I hope this covers everything.

Speak soon….now off to the airport!

Regards

Stewart”

This totally smacks of corruption.
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Re: ESPN may lose EPL Football(Update)

ESPN may bid for SFL rights.

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ESPN, have assured the league they are committed to showing Scottish football — and could now pursue a deal with the SFL to show Gers’ Division Three games
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Re: ESPN may lose EPL Football(Update)

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If Sky do decide to pull out, it’s understood the league will look to resurrect plans to launch their own TV channel.
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I wouldn't take that channel...I only watch scottish football because it is on ESPN or sky..but get both of those channels because of EPL among other reasons
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Old 15-07-2012, 18:39   #5
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Re: ESPN may lose EPL Football(Update)

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If Sky do decide to pull out, it’s understood the league will look to resurrect plans to launch their own TV channel.
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How can the SPL do that if ESPN are still commited to their current 30 game a season deal? SPL TV would need to broadcast about 60 games a season, on top of the 30 ESPN, to be a success. All that will do however is encourage more Scottish fans to stay at home to watch the action rather than going to the game.

If there was zero live SPL games on TV, and all SPL games kicked-off at 3pm on a Saturday, would the fans return to the games in their thousands? It's the lack of bums on seats that is killing the Scottish game. If SPL teams charged £10.00 per game, cash at the gates, and re-introduced the sensible sale of beer at the grounds Scottish football could have a chance.
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Old 18-07-2012, 20:23   #6
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So it looks like Dundee, Airdrie & Stanraer then. Glad thats sorted lets hope it can all move on.
Rangers don't have a license to play , so its not all sorted at all.
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Re: ESPN may lose EPL Football(Update)

The first competitive match played by Charles Green’s new-look Rangers – the Ramsdens Cup tie against Brechin City at Glebe Park – will be televised live by BBC Alba.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/footbal...6908-23910037/
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The first competitive match played by Charles Green’s new-look Rangers – the Ramsdens Cup tie against Brechin City at Glebe Park – will be televised live by BBC Alba.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/footbal...6908-23910037/
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Rangers don't have a license to play , so its not all sorted at all.
Surely you aren't suggesting the hopelessly inept SFA and Reagan would bar Rangers from playing as payback for making them look stupid in the courts?

That's the next part of this saga, Rangers have to accept the punishments that were ruled unlawful and have to give up the right to appeal to any other punishments for real or imagined crimes yet to be decided and if they don't they'll be suspended for a year until the SFA can fiddle the leagues to get Rangers back in the top flight.
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Re: ESPN may lose EPL Football(Update)

Talks are ongoing about TV deals for the SFL and SPL.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18891279

SPL still in talks with ESPN/Sky. I hope that the SFL deal is with a company that is in the Virgin TV lineup.
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Surely you aren't suggesting the hopelessly inept SFA and Reagan would bar Rangers from playing as payback for making them look stupid in the courts?

That's the next part of this saga, Rangers have to accept the punishments that were ruled unlawful and have to give up the right to appeal to any other punishments for real or imagined crimes yet to be decided and if they don't they'll be suspended for a year until the SFA can fiddle the leagues to get Rangers back in the top flight.
The plan was to have Rangers out of the SPL for a year.

I can see Rangers suspended for 12 months then re admitted back to the SPL next year.

Scottish Football will resemble the League Of Wales if Rangers have to spend 3 years out of the top flight.
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Rangers don't have a license to play , so its not all sorted at all.
Well if they don't let Newco play then it will still be Airdrie, Stranraer with a new club being invited into League 3.
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Talks are ongoing about TV deals for the SFL and SPL.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18891279

SPL still in talks with ESPN/Sky. I hope that the SFL deal is with a company that is in the Virgin TV lineup.
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Re: ESPN may lose EPL Football(Update)

The Rangers situation is slowly being sorted out.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/18929983

Rangers will have until September to assemble a squad and will have a one year transfer embargo imposed after that.
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Re: ESPN may lose EPL Football(Update)

The Scottish Sun are reporting bids for SFL Rangers TV deal are to be in for Monday

http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scot...n-the-way.html

It's the kind of oppertunity Premier Sports will be looking at. Virgin have a strong customer base in the central belt of Scotland, which is where most Rangers fans are from. Rangers fans with Virgin will not be happy if the broadcast rights go to a channel they can't access.

Premier Sports already broadcast Rangers and Celtic TV. In recent years they've picked up Rangers and Celtics Euro qualifiers plus pre-season friendlies. Their dedication to Conference football down in England will show the SFL they have a real interest in lower league football and have a track record of covering it.

Don't rule Premier Sports out. This is the kind of deal that could help them get onto Virgin. It wouldn't take long for Virgin to be bombarded by requests from Rangers fans to add the channel. Would Virgin react to between 20,000 to 40,000 requests for the channel to be added?
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