How much Collingwood do we all need?

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    As a Collingwood supporter, I love the fact that my team’s matches are frequently broadcast. But, as a fan of the game, I can’t help but wonder whether a more shared coverage from Channel Seven would serve everybody better?

    Channel Seven’s key aim is to get ratings and that’s not surprising. It is about selling advertising space and making money.

    But the ethical principles of media coverage balance should come into play.

    You only need to look at next week’s programming guide to see that the big teams dominate.

    The four free-to-air games feature Hawthorn, Geelong, Carlton and Essendon, probably four of the five biggest Victorian teams.

    The fact that the network is perpetually promoting the already strong clubs means that others are falling further behind in terms of media share.

    Look at the Bulldogs last year. Up until round 16 they only had four games on free-to-air broadcast.

    This means that they are not being given the opportunity to connect with the mass audience like other teams are, and ethically they deserve this privilege.

    In a perfect world, each club would have the same number of games broadcast by Channel Seven, but that’s never going to happen.

    What I hope for is that they at least consider making the disparity a little less obvious.

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    • May 4th 2012 @ 2:58am
      Cameron said | May 4th 2012 @ 2:58am | ! Report

      There is a disparity between the most popular sides and the least popular, esp when it comes to Fiday Night football.
      It is less obvious in AFL than NRL, where you have the Brisbane Broncos, a one team town in a league heartland city, play on free to air TV virtually every Friday night.

    • May 4th 2012 @ 6:03am
      ManInBlack said | May 4th 2012 @ 6:03am | ! Report

      and thus the need to centralise revenues and distribute fairly given the massive leg up these sides get regarding exposure and value to sponsors.

      As a North fan – we’ve certainly been dudded year after year on big games, Friday nights etc etc.

      Although – ironic that people whinge about our ‘soft draw’ – – given that we’ve so far this year played Essendon (lost by 2 pts), Geel (beat ’em) and Sydney (at SCG). That’s 3 very tough matches. Oh yeah, Suns and Giants which is part of the method by which the AFL buries us in TV oblivion.

      • May 4th 2012 @ 6:42am
        Cameron said | May 4th 2012 @ 6:42am | ! Report

        The two games against GC and GWS are also a virtual pass to push NM into the finals, so I wouldn’t complain too much

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      May 4th 2012 @ 6:19am
      The_Wookie said | May 4th 2012 @ 6:19am | ! Report

      See where your tv rights go if you dont have popular clubs on. What business in their right mind is going to accept low supported clubs that will afffect it. Not to mention antisiphoning legislation now requires the best games to be on FTA.

      As James Brayshaw saidf, you want a better deal, be better.

    • May 4th 2012 @ 7:28am
      Norm said | May 4th 2012 @ 7:28am | ! Report

      I go to as many matches of my team as possible, incl interstate. However, when I am in Melbourne I will go to any other games being played that W/E. That’s when I get to enjoy the skills & athleticism of the game, devoid of the passion to win & the exasperation of bloopers by my players. Watching big games on TV is the icing on the cake

    • May 4th 2012 @ 7:36am
      ChrisH said | May 4th 2012 @ 7:36am | ! Report

      Can’t beat economic rationalism on this one, so I decided to go with it and get a Foxtell subscription. Must admit, for $60 a month it’s paying off in spades. No adds, all games and I don’t have to head up to the pub and spend $30 nursing a couple of pints throughout whatever game I’ve wanted to watch that wasn’t on FTA. Still haven’t rid myself of McAvaney though.

    • Roar Guru

      May 4th 2012 @ 11:01am
      Redb said | May 4th 2012 @ 11:01am | ! Report

      These are clubs with the biggest fanbase and therefore highest TV ratings potential. At the moment especially they are competitive to boot.

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