UK time is: 23:04:36
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

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.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The Journalist

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
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Coventry City Articles

Do City Need a Goalkeeper in January? (Thursday December 18 2014)

Final Call: Back the City This Saturday (Wednesday December 17 2014)

Tudgay Strikes for City Under-21's (Tuesday December 16 2014)

A Busy Weekend at the Ricoh Arena (Monday December 15 2014)

Stats: Port Vale v Coventry City (Sunday December 14 2014)

Battling Win For Coventry (Saturday December 13 2014)

Port Vale v Coventry City (Friday December 12 2014)

City Striker Set for Red Devils Start (Thursday December 11 2014)

Archived Coventry City Articles

List All Vital Coventry Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. houchen 17

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Fleetwood 20 7 5 8 1 26
12. Walsall 20 6 8 6 1 26
13. Chesterfield 20 6 7 7 -1 25
14. Coventry 20 6 6 8 -5 24
15. Barnsley 20 6 5 9 -4 23
16. Port Vale 20 6 5 9 -4 23
17. Doncaster 19 6 5 8 -7 23

Breaking League News

Former Man City and Man United duo on the agenda
Doncaster : 18/12/2014 22:10:00
Dickov in talks with Sheffield United for defender
Doncaster : 18/12/2014 22:00:00
Swindon Town v Doncaster Rovers Team News
Doncaster : 18/12/2014 21:43:00
DRFC McKay hat-trick knocks out Norwich
Doncaster : 18/12/2014 21:32:00
Ticket Details For PNE Second Leg Confirmed
Walsall : 18/12/2014 18:44:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Should City Sign a Keeper in January?
Suggested By:  Editor
Yes - As First Choice 0%
Yes - As Back-Up 0%
No - Stick With Allsop/Burge 100%