Thursday, November 12, 2009

Who Benefits From Sports On TV ?

As the UK Government takes revenge on Murdoch's sprawling media empire by listing the cricket Ashes competition so that it has to be shown on terrestrial TV, it's worth looking at the contention that TV benefits sports.

Here are figures for football from the 07/08 season in the Premiership:

£2bn overall revenues
£1.3bn from broadcasting
£1.2bn paid in salaries

The only logical conclusion that I can come to is that Sky hugely benefits around 500 footballers.

Removing them from the equation would save the rest of us schmucks £30 a month...