TV GIVES VERDICT ON CUP ‘MAGIC’
WE ALL know the TV companies will choose Man United first.
Their fourth round clash at Derby will be their 49th – yes, 49th – televised FA Cup game in a row.
The Reds will be paid the princely sum of £144,000 for their appearance on BBC.
That’s 0.03 per cent of their annual revenue or, to put it another way, three days’ worth of Wayne Rooney’s wages.
Yet Eastleigh – a club wealthy by National League standards but who could certainly use £144,000 – have once again been completely ignored. So, too, have Bury, Bradford and Shrewsbury.
The Beeb and BT like to bang on about the magic of the Cup, but it’s starting to grate a little. A bit of variety wouldn’t go amiss.
The next time the Beeb or BT start waxing lyrical about the romance of the Cup, remember that what really makes their heart leap is the thought of ten million viewers tuning in from Bangkok and Beijing.