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  1. Junior football, what is the future?

    I agree, but only when the teams are actually there. As things stand, the HL is the strongest league below tier 4 in the pyramid, despite the lack of anything beneath it.
  2. Bankies nxt season

    I don't think there was an actual formal offer made, but Talbot would clearly have been accepted into the LL at startup. At that time no-one was suggesting they'd have to go through the SoSL. Of course, at that time (and it still does, TBF), the LL had some weak teams and few fans, which made the idea laughable to Talbot fans.
  3. They have, though not as big a favour as BSC, Cumbernauld and EK have done for themselves. A fairly low level junior team could have been established in tier 5 by now if they'd moved two or three years ago.
  4. Is this based on actual evidence? Seems highly unlikely to me.
  5. TV Deal from 2020

    The B list wouldn't be much different from what BT (who have 30 second-picks) and Alba have right now, but with added as-live and archive material. As it would be a service rather than just a channel, you'd have better access to recorded stuff. I agree it wouldn't get huge subscriber numbers, but I think there's potential to gradually build an audience, especially if the price is set fairly low initially (like 7 or 8 quid a month). It can also be sold to pubs at commercial rates, and wholesale deals could be done with broadband/TV providers so they could include it in packages. Overseas subscribers could be offered the bigger games as part of the package, as overseas TV deals are not worth much and don't need to exclude an IP-based subscription service. As I said, this should only be done after they'd secured a decent deal with a broadcaster on a main package of 40 or so games, so there shouldn't be a massive financial risk involved. The benefits are not just directly related to potential future income, though I think in time it would be a good money earner given time. They would get more control over kick-off times (which affect hospitality income at clubs) and they would also be creating a decent business in Scotland, supporting jobs and training here.
  6. I can't see why the south should continue to have a separate part in the pyramid at tier 6. It's actually just the south west, so it should come under a wider West umbrella. If everyone were in the pyramid, most SoS teams would be at tier 8. Seems more sensible to have East and West each split into north/south sections at tier 7 or 8.
  7. We don't know that they are interested. It might just be that the club thinks there ought to be a discussion.
  8. TV Deal from 2020

    I think the proposal in the link is, actually, a step too far at the moment for the SPFL, as the figures used are wildly optimistic, particularly in the short to medium term. It takes ages to build up subscriber numbers for any service, so if everything moved to an in-house streaming service, there would be no money available to distribute to clubs at the start of the 2020 season. I think it would be more sensible to get a service up and running with secondary games, as-live and archive material that could co-exist with a mainstream channel having the main package of 40 or so games. If a service was offering 20 Prem games plus 30 Championship/L1/L2, plus lots of other material, it could gradually pick up a decent global subscriber base. The SPFL would then be in a much better position for future negotiations on the main package.
  9. Junior football, what is the future?

    I think the problem in the north can be solved fairly easily, it's just that the urgent need to do so hasn't arisen yet. I don't think there's a huge issue with some areas having more tiers than others, though the population imbalance is something that would need to be looked at if the juniors came on board.
  10. Junior football, what is the future?

    You're right, the SFA aren't going to give up the HL/LL split. I think it's just a question of whether there can be an agreement for the Junior setup to slot in under that. I know that's unacceptable to a lot of juniors (below Selkirk!), but it feels like there could be some movement towards that happening. As the LL strengthens, it becomes more plausible.
  11. Junior football, what is the future?

    I'd be quite surprised if Bonnyrigg decided to join the EoS any time soon. They've always seemed to me more hardcore Juniors. Their EGM might help put pressure on the SJFA to come to some kind of agreement with the SFA. That would be the best solution, obviously.
  12. Bankies nxt season

    But the reason it's p*** for the west juniors is because they haven't co-operated so far. The options put forward are for the juniors to co-operate. They could have done that five years ago, but instead stood on the sidelines mocking those taking part.
  13. The SPFL's current (domestic) TV deal finally runs out at the end of 2019-2020, bringing to an end what was in effect a ridiculous 8-year deal (5 + 3-year option) with Sky and ESPN/then BT. I'd imagine a new deal will be announced at the end of this year or early next. What do people want? I'd like to see BT get the main games, with the SPFL launching their own online subscription service with 2nd pick Prem/Championship/L1/L2 games. I'd also like there to be more transparency about the process and the deal(s). I hope they won't sign anything longer than a 4-year deal, with no options for extension. We ought to be able to make much more money out of the TV deals here, as Scotland is a decent sized market for pay-TV/broadband, so the very least we can hope for is that the SPFL will play things a bit smarter.
  14. Bankies nxt season

    Certainly seems more likely, but it would leave Clydebank in an odd position next season. There's also the issue of the declining number of spaces available at tier 6. It seems remarkable that just a couple of years ago any junior would have been guaranteed an LL slot if they'd applied, but may soon need to start at tier 7.
  15. Junior football, what is the future?

    It would be funny if the Juniors introduce truly radical change like summer football in order to avoid taking part in the pyramid. I'm also surprised by this idea of needing to "distinguish the grade". It's just football. Some junior teams are better than many senior teams on and off the park, so the pretence of "grade" seems to be part of the problem. The Juniors had the perfect structure to slot in under the SPFL, but the non league seniors wouldn't have wanted to join due to the backward admin. They still have the chance to slot in under the Lowland League, but it looks like even that may be slipping away.