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  1. If the stock market continues to fall back through the floor, they can kiss goodbye to those multi-bn$ broadcast deals for the foreseeable. They will all want the money now while they can still get it
  2. Ok .. so who pays Sky & BTs employees & stakeholders, unless you want them to work for free (and their staff will not quite be on footballs salaries)? Or do the broadcasters have a money-tree to pluck from? There's a system in place for a reason - the 'big, bad broadcasters' can't afford to lose up to a £bn any more than the clubs can.
  3. Why? Do you want to bankrupt a majority of football clubs? Or do you expect all playing & non-playing staff to work for free also? Also - and not related to the quote above - why is the line "If Liverpool & Manchester United are against it .." still trotting out as if relevant? The Independent article makes quite clear "95% of English game want 2019-20 season completed". Its a non-issue.
  4. The curtailing amount will be the £790 m (I.e the delta between the total amount broadcasters pay and the remaining 9/10 fixtures) - it won’t be curtailed either. Those games will be played one way or another, or else they better hope clubs/ the league have got pandemic insurance to the tune of hundreds of millions.
  5. Yes, but what about pulling straws or multiplying the number of homes games by the number of away games, adding 2 points for a win 1 point for a draw and dividing by 10? This season will be finished.
  6. Alex_K

    Coronavirus

    She got a 2:2. 'Betters', you say? Like those from the City of London School, where she sent her son in one of the biggest hypocrisies of recent politics (and there are many). Let's hope there's no "blonde, blue-eyed Finnish girls" propping the NHS up right now through this difficult period either. Anyway, not the thread for that.
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    Coronavirus

    I think you’re doing Italy an enormous disservice sharing that video. The regions referred to there - with gangsters threatening to kill people - are strictly in the south (Palermo/Sicily) - where ironically the virus has least-touched society. The hardest hit areas in the north seem to have pulled together through this. Those loveable Neapolitan ultras will no doubt be great fun to have around the community at a time like this. The North/South divide could become a chasm by the end of this.
  8. Alex_K

    Coronavirus

    Not quite true. Germany response differed across States - there was not a completely unified view. Despite it escalating more quickly than in the UK nightclubs in cities like Berlin and Hamburg -- for example -- were still open until relatively recently, whereas some States went into much quicker shut down. Berlin - again for example - was trying to hold Bundesliga games open to the public as late as w/e 15th March, against recommendations. Nothing is ever black/white.
  9. Alex_K

    Coronavirus

    Yes it will be interesting to see what the impact is: they are also a bit of an outlier in terms of circumstance. Median age of around 40 - compared to northern Italy where median age can be as high as 48 / 49. One of the very lowest obesity rates in Europe (embarassingly, the UK has one of the very highest). A more robust social-welfare/healthcare system. If any country is built for a long-haul approach, its probably Sweden. That said, Norway was one of the first countries to take a hard lockdown stance I think, so clearly not a united point of view across the Nordics.
  10. Alex_K

    Coronavirus

    @Red Phoenix- its a long post so I won't quote it, but your link is to BuzzFeedNews. Do you know what you get if you type BuzzFeedNews into google? The screenshot attached. The article has no named-sources in hospitals. Its important to refer to facts at times like this, or at least to try and look closely at information sources. I don't think this is a conspiracy. This is putting huge burden on hospital services - clearly. I also think the ramifications go far beyond the immediate view - and it warrants a complex discussion. By and large, this event has actually spoken very well of humanity - the majority of communities have really pulled together, social-contributions have gone way up & people the world-round are abiding by the guidance of their governments.
  11. Alex_K

    Coronavirus

    "US deaths doubling every 3 days". US deaths also represent a 1.6% fatality rate of those explicitly tested positive. That fatality rate assumes everyone with corona in the US has tested positive. They won't (i.e. asymptomatic carriers - the majority aged under age 40). Assumes everyone who has died with Corona infection would have lived for a prolongued period anyway. They wouldn't. Assumes China numbers were accurate. They won't have been. Meanwhile Imperial College (who have been a key source on worst + best case estimates over the past months) today estimated UK Corona-deaths will be less than those from seasonal flu. There's a time to be negative and a time to be positive.
  12. Alex_K

    Adriàn

    Ok - this really is my last post .. what a stupid comment. We were in the lead having absolutely blasted Atletico up until Adrian's mistake. To be honest I stopped reading after this its so ridiculous. The idea that the 'whole team' was at fault ... I mean OK, cool.
  13. Alex_K

    Adriàn

    Bolded is the important part. To his credit, you have a Super League penalty shootout. To his detriment, I would place two howlers within a week that were absolutely pivotal (by far the most pivotal - I'd be really interested to hear who you think played that was more at fault) to bombing us out of the two most esteemed competitions other than the League. Add to that the howler against Southampton for Ings' goal, add to that the weak hands for Madisson's goal at Leicester .. All this in, what, 18 appearances in all competitions where we're typically registering 65% possession and hardly conceding a shot on target? I mean we conceded 6 shots on target in the whole of that Atletico game, half of which flew through him .. do the math .. No point continuing the conversation beyond this point - if you review those facts & conclude he's a player deserving of sympathy (which is the senitment of your initial post that roped me into this dialogue) / even praise for the sheer coincidence of being in goal for the next couple of games to reap the rewards his colleagues earned .. well, that's your prerogative ...
  14. Alex_K

    Adriàn

    Yup, exactly, you got it. Players earn respect. Players earn the right to make mistakes. That's why Steve Gerrard is an absolute icon and the Chelsea slip is a mere after-thought in the context of his entire Liverpool career. There's no subext other than a statement that he is a handsomely employed footballer whose foolishness/incompetence cost his team-mates the opportunity to progress and make the level of historic achievements his colleagues deserve and doesn't deserve sympathy for it. No more, no less.
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