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The cost of TV coverage

An attractive looking Championship game between two in-form teams attracted a crowd of only 18,566 to the Ricoh Arena on Monday night as Coventry City lost out to West Bromwich Albion.

In the rush to accept TV deals, are clubs really looking at the kind of money they are losing at the gate and on peripherals such as programmes and food?

2,210 West Brom fans were at the match on Monday night compared to 6,411 in a crowd of 26,343 for last season's corresponding fixture (albeit it was the end of the season and the Baggies were going for a play-off place).

No-one can blame either the majority of those visiting fans or Coventry City fans without season tickets for not attending but their absence suddenly lessens the value of the cheque that Sky hand over for live coverage.

On a similar theme, the Championship has become one of Europe's best-attended and commercially attractive leagues over the past few years but while games are scheduled simply to compete against Premiership football on another channel it is not going to get the coverage it deserves.




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Writer: CCFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 13 2007

Time: 10:50AM

Your Comments

I think it's fair to say there would have been at least another 5,000 on the gate had it been on Saturday afternoon
Rugby Sky Blue
no question that City lost out big time last night, especially on the gate. No doubt a mid twenties crowd would have made the game if it had been last Saturday, but I guess no one is going to challenge any TV company.
roberts
Do you say: TV or Bigger Gates?
StevieG Col U
It happens with all championship clubs and it always will.
will it ever happen
look at the stats.Outside of the 'big 4', TV brings lower gates
roberts
Yeah agree with that.
StevieG Col U
 

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