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General Chat Thread, setanta - how long till it goes bust in General; Well they have lot the rights so how long till it closes. To be honest I hope it does as ...
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    setanta - how long till it goes bust

    Well they have lot the rights so how long till it closes. To be honest I hope it does as good chance espn will then go over to a sky package.

    BBC NEWS | Business | Setanta loses Premier TV rights

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    sky arent allowed to own all of the english games any more.

    They will go elsewhere. Theres been a lot written about it in the scottish press..

    Its Scottish football it will affect the most.

    About 4 of the SPL clubs rely on the income from Setanta as 20% of their income. The money in Scottish football pales into insignificance compared to the money in England.

    http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news...ent_to_spl.php

    http://www.theherald.co.uk/sport/hea...of_setanta.php

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    I give it til the end of the week.... the sooner the better though


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    Put it this way, I'll be cancelling my subscription from today.

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    Sky apparently can bid for sentantas rights not sure of ins and outs.

    Apparently epsn have wanted to move their channel away Sentanta for a while but locked into a contract.

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    Sky aren't allowed to own all packages, which I think is silly so long as there's good competition in the bidding process. It's probably costing viewers more money to have Setanta and Sky now, so I don't see what being anti-competitive has to do with anything! Customers were getting a better deal in the first place.

    I believe Setanta owe the taxman quite a lot, and not just the Premier League. A lot of other companies could have financial problems as a result (if they're owed money too). It's not looking bright for Setanta. I was surprised also when a £20M bid for 51% was put forward to Setanta. Seems quite a small amount bearing in mind they owe at least £35M.

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    No sky are not allowed to own all the packages but they are allowed to bid for one of two packages that setanta did own which means they will have most of games.

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    Yes one of the two on offer you're right. And knowing Sky they probably will buy the better of the two. Question remains however, other than EPSN who else would bid for the remaining package? They could offer a stupid amount and no one could do anything (even Sky).

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    bbc should come in for the remaining package of 21 games or whatever it is.

    Hopefully ESPN will go for the Scottish package,
    Spl Consider Substantial Espn Offer (from The Herald )

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    Quote Originally Posted by russdev View Post
    To be honest I hope it does
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    Great way to think of all the hundreds if not thousands of people who are going to lose their job over this

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    According to linkedin has 500 staff of course I don't want staff to lose jobs that is obviously but on personnel level can see closure of the company being beneficial to lot of the customers.

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    FYI Setanta employs around 200 people in Ireland and another 220 in Britain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by russdev View Post
    According to linkedin has 500 staff of course I don't want staff to lose jobs that is obviously but on personnel level can see closure of the company being beneficial to lot of the customers.

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    on a personnel level ? they won't have any personnel if they go bust you loon.

    Or did you mean personal level, in which case yeah i'm sure the setanta customers your speaking on behalf of would love to see the service cut or alternatively to see only part of what they currently pay for to be bought up by setanta's UK competitors. Setanta broadcast much more besides premier$h1t football and spl you know. I don't know how seamless a transition it would be for competitors to buy out these packages if acceptable to the sporting orgs selling them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    bbc should come in for the remaining package of 21 games or whatever it is.

    Hopefully ESPN will go for the Scottish package,
    Spl Consider Substantial Espn Offer (from The Herald )
    i thought they'd spunked all their [sorry, our] money on F1. Plus don't they already pay a fair wedge for MOTD highlights. Doesn't look good if they can pull out the stops to buy 21 premier league games AND premier league highlights but not a single ball of international cricket.

    not that i think they could/would buy those live games.

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    We can't get ESPN in the UK right? So, how would we watch these games? Or would they be shown on the ESPN America Channel on Virgin Media?

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