Qualifying matches should be free to watch
AS Scotland crash out of yet another World Cup campaign, it is noteworthy to reflect that viewers of our national team were not able to watch their country play on terrestrial TV.
There can be few other countries where fans are left watching their neighbouring nation, England in Scotland’s case, play on terrestrial TV, while they are forced to watch their own country play on subscription-based TV.
While Scotland managed a last gasp win over Slovakia, Scots viewers were left sampling the delights of England v Slovenia on STV.
More and more sport is sadly moving to subscription-based TV channels. The BBC lost the rights to show The Open golf to Sky and fans wanting to watch European football have to tune in to BT Sport.
It’s understandable the SFA will want to do a deal with the highest bidder, but considering England qualifiers are shown for free on ITV, there’s no reason why Scotland games can’t be shown on one or more terrestrial channels.
We want children in Scotland to be inspired and a deal for future qualification matches on terrestrial could help us to produce the stars of the future.