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Sky support breakaway league?

Postby iainf72 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 17:31 pm

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Postby Danlikesbikes » Thu Feb 28, 2013 18:30 pm

Interesting might shake things up a bit
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Postby RichN95 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 00:17 am

It's an interesting development.
To my mind, cycling is pretty backward in many ways.

Firstly, it relies on the same sponsor based business plan that it's had for decades rather than the TV based economy of most other sports.
Secondly, TV coverage of cycling is very vanilla. There's so much more that could be done with it. And Sky are the most innovative sports broadcaster in Europe.

The breakaway league gets a bad press because of the muted four day races - and rightly so. But keeping and remarketing existing races while introducing experimental four day events where possible should work.
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Postby inkyfingers » Fri Mar 01, 2013 08:45 am

Agree with you Rich, the current calendar needs revitalising, rather than replacing.

I know everybody hates Sky and Murdoch, but their sports coverage makes everybody else look frankly amateur.
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Postby Blazing Saddles » Fri Mar 01, 2013 09:12 am

inkyfingers wrote:Agree with you Rich, the current calendar needs revitalising, rather than replacing.

I know everybody hates Sky and Murdoch, but their sports coverage makes everybody else look frankly amateur.


The difference between amateur and professional being money.
Not everybody can afford Sky's premium prices
Bottom line is that fans will have to pay up large, or be left with the results page.
While the sport may gain some "new wave" supporters, it may well lose some (or many) long time
fans.
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Re: Sky support breakaway league?

Postby inkyfingers » Fri Mar 01, 2013 09:25 am

Blazing Saddles wrote:
inkyfingers wrote:Agree with you Rich, the current calendar needs revitalising, rather than replacing.

I know everybody hates Sky and Murdoch, but their sports coverage makes everybody else look frankly amateur.


The difference between amateur and professional being money.
Not everybody can afford Sky's premium prices
Bottom line is that fans will have to pay up large, or be left with the results page.
While the sport may gain some "new wave" supporters, it may well lose some (or many) long time
fans.


I do appreciate that, I was simply talking about quality of coverage, not whether it was the best thing for the sport or not.

Sponsors will decide the best route for them in the long term. They may decide that as in the case of football it might be better to attract a smaller fan base, but one that has far more money.

Out of interest, does anybody know how what percentage of households have access to Sky Sports channels?
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Postby Danlikesbikes » Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:24 am

Just to add my party I can afford Sky sports, however choose not to as I have no interesting in watching football. golf etc so actively stick with just my Eurosport coverage.

I do like the fact that it might introduce more races & would be an interesting development if the teams got more money though as I don't think this would be a bad idea.

Though the more I read the report the more it reminds me of the breakaway snooker league, football, F1 which never came about but did cause the governing bodies to change some of their attics.
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Re: Sky support breakaway league?

Postby jane90 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:40 am

Genuine question to those long-time fans of the sport, steeped in its history and traditions - would increased commercialisation of the sport be a good thing or a bad thing?

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Postby iainf72 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:48 am

jane90 wrote:Genuine question to those long-time fans of the sport, steeped in its history and traditions - would increased commercialisation of the sport be a good thing or a bad thing?


I'm not sure how much more commerical you can make a sport that exists to advertise TBH.
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Postby Danlikesbikes » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:51 am

I think it would as we are losing historic races due to not having enough money to run them on.

Partly as some of the countries running the races such as Spain are in such a poor financial position so you can't blame sponsors for no longer being able to afford to contribute. But same is true in Britain, Italy, France etc so if we can get more money in to the sport by some sort of commercialisation it can only help.
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Postby jane90 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:55 am

I'm hardly in a position to comment, Iain, as I've seen a grand total of half a dozen races, but to a newcomer like myself the sport seems very underfunded compared to the mainstream sports, the organisation haphazard and the TV coverage of mixed quality. Is this a fair impression?

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Postby Danlikesbikes » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:58 am

jane90 wrote:I'm hardly in a position to comment, Iain, as I've seen a grand total of half a dozen races, but to a newcomer like myself the sport seems very underfunded compared to the mainstream sports, the organisation haphazard and the TV coverage of mixed quality. Is this a fair impression?


Underfunded - Yes
Organisation - No sure think most races are pretty well run
TV coverage - in Britain its mainly Eurosport who buy the video in from host broadcaster so whilst its not their fault some can be pretty rubbish indeed.
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Postby jane90 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:09 pm

Danlikesbikes, so if the teams were better funded, would that be better for the sport? Would it attract better riders and reward them adequately compared to other sports? What are the costs of that happening? Would it turn the riders into spoilt football players, for example, or would the cost of dancing to the bigger sponsors' tune rob the sport of its character?

I haven't really been impressed with the cycling I've seen on Eurosport so far, it seems to be very cheaply produced but again, I haven't seen enough to comment properly. What are your thoughts of a broadcaster like Sky with a pedigree in excellent sports coverage taking over the rights?

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Re: Sky support breakaway league?

Postby northstar » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:22 pm

Bad idea, the more money that comes into a sport, the more chance we will see what has happened in the past.

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Postby inkyfingers » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:24 pm

northstar wrote:Bad idea, the more money that comes into a sport, the more chance we will see what has happened in the past.


Do you think it should stay the same then? We had a situation where pretty much every top rider was doping in some form, how could it get much worse?
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Postby Danlikesbikes » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:46 pm

jane90 wrote:Danlikesbikes, so if the teams were better funded, would that be better for the sport? Would it attract better riders and reward them adequately compared to other sports? What are the costs of that happening? Would it turn the riders into spoilt football players, for example, or would the cost of dancing to the bigger sponsors' tune rob the sport of its character?

I haven't really been impressed with the cycling I've seen on Eurosport so far, it seems to be very cheaply produced but again, I haven't seen enough to comment properly. What are your thoughts of a broadcaster like Sky with a pedigree in excellent sports coverage taking over the rights?


Eurosport - as I said previously they do not produce any of the TV coverage but purchase either the live race or highlights package from the host broadcaster. I'm not defending them just stating how they get the coverage, the commentators (just see other threads) are a bit like marmite you either love or hate them.

As for the funding I see it going into 2 areas really;
Races organisation - which was my original point that the race organisers are struggling to get funding to put on the races & if this increased then the number of races would increase.

Teams - Think the top teams already have some pretty well paid riders who perhaps we are stating to see the prima donna attitude from.

The lower level teams are ones that I think do struggle as its the chicken and egg situation they don't have enough money to bring in the talent do not win races and therefore possibly up and coming racers may not want to move to them. There are some teams though that survive on a low budget have some quality racers who may not win that many races but make the races bloody good fun to watch & become hero's to us all. Think of the last few years we have seen many large teams cease to exist due to the cost of funding, some have pulled out due to poor publicity & others are struggling to survive at the top end.

I don't think funding would bring in more top end riders as I don't think road cycling has riders currently racing that are not at the top of their game or have moved into others sports. Though perhaps we could pinch a few more track riders who knows. You'd have to remember that most of the riders come through the ranks & its often the smaller teams that take them on first & if they are struggling and do not find funding we may well end up missing some of the rising stars of the future as they simply can not get a top level contract and simply stay in the low leagues of cycling.
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Re: Sky support breakaway league?

Postby northstar » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:50 pm

inkyfingers wrote:
northstar wrote:Bad idea, the more money that comes into a sport, the more chance we will see what has happened in the past.


Do you think it should stay the same then? We had a situation where pretty much every top rider was doping in some form, how could it get much worse?


It's not broken, so why try and fix it?

Edit: If you think the big money is the way to go, then go ahead but the sport will suffer long term.

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Postby Richmond Racer » Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:56 pm

jane90 wrote:Danlikesbikes, so if the teams were better funded, would that be better for the sport? Would it attract better riders and reward them adequately compared to other sports? What are the costs of that happening? Would it turn the riders into spoilt football players, for example, or would the cost of dancing to the bigger sponsors' tune rob the sport of its character?

I haven't really been impressed with the cycling I've seen on Eurosport so far, it seems to be very cheaply produced but again, I haven't seen enough to comment properly. What are your thoughts of a broadcaster like Sky with a pedigree in excellent sports coverage taking over the rights?



For some of the teams it can be a precarious existence on the sponsorship front. Teams can - and do - disappear, and others have anxious times as their management seek replacement sponsors for headline sponsors who pull out. Two examples in 2011: one of the most successful teams, HTC Highroad, folding at the end of the season because they couldnt find a replacement for HTC; and Geox-TMC - began 2011 with their two new sponsors and then in Oct (way way too late in the day) GEOX announced they were withdrawing sponsorship and the team were unable to line up a replacement.

Right now, Vacansoleil havent confirmed whether they will continue to sponsor the team when the current contract is up. Blanco are of course trying to find a new sponsor. And Orica-GreenEdge are trying to find another sponsor alongside Orica so that Gerry Ryan doesnt have to keep on forking out. Thanks to the economic situation, Euskatel is precarious as are smaller Spanish and Portuguese teams. Italian teams are also vulnerable.

The thinking is that some revenue sharing would help put teams on a safer footing. Not that the highest paid pros will get more money (though a lot of the domestiques are paid considerably less than people think - but the Cavs, Phil Gils, Evans, Contadors etc massively bump up the 'average' pro salary figures that get quoted)

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Re: Sky support breakaway league?

Postby inkyfingers » Fri Mar 01, 2013 13:02 pm

northstar wrote:
inkyfingers wrote:
northstar wrote:Bad idea, the more money that comes into a sport, the more chance we will see what has happened in the past.


Do you think it should stay the same then? We had a situation where pretty much every top rider was doping in some form, how could it get much worse?


It's not broken, so why try and fix it?

Edit: If you think the big money is the way to go, then go ahead but the sport will suffer long term.


I didn't say that, as a fan i'm fairly happy with things how they are, albeit i'd like to see the quality of TV coverage improved.

It's very easy to think of reasons why things shouldn't change, but change doesn't always have to be a bad thing.
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Re: Sky support breakaway league?

Postby RichN95 » Fri Mar 01, 2013 13:04 pm

northstar wrote:It's not broken, so why try and fix it?

But it is broken. HTC, Gerolsteiner, Geox, Credit Agricole, Rabobank, Milram, Cervelo etc can all attest to that. As can many races. And every female cyclist.

The sport's business model, which is largely unchanged since the days of Desgrange, relies on short term investments from sponsors. The contracts are usually for two or three years at a time, which means there is no long term security.

Funding from a centralised pot gives a more sustainable and predictable revenue stream. In turn it reduces pressure for results from sponsors and gives the league owners leverage over the teams - both of which can be used to discourage doping. Furthermore, it will balance out the budgets of the teams, thereby promoting competitiveness.

It's not the amount of money that is the issue, but where it comes from and where it goes to. Currently most TV money goes to ASO shareholders, not the sport.
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