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Nothing But Money & Sky TV

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Look at those numbers that’s the way you do it
You watch your football on Sky TV
Forget the fans that’s the way you do it
In an auction with them and BT
This ain’t workin’ but that’s the way you do it
Money means nothin’ for you or for me

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Lemme tell ya the League ain’t stupid
Lemme tell ya Scudamore ain’t dumb
Maybe gets a blister on his little finger
Maybe gets a blister on his note-counting thumb

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 They hold the rights – they hold the purse strings
They hold the power in their tiny little hands
They mould the game like a supermarket giant
Across the planet .. across this little land

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 They gotta install Liverpool pundits
All angle playbacks and frames that freeze
We gotta squeze in overhead-filming
They charge the Earth for football TV

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 We shoulda learned when it all went crazy
We shoulda known how they’d treat you and me
We’re all workin’ but they ain’t helping
Live football ? We better watch TV
They got 5 billion quids worth of reasons
They do their bidding with the Premier League
They don’t care what the clubs do with their cut
They don’t care about you or me

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 We keep workin’ that’s the way we do it
Ticket prices beyond you and me
Never a thought for pricing tickets cheaper
Never a thought for a working family

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 We all know where clubs spend their money
Crazy transfers – inflated salaries
Never a rule on what it gets spent on
All that Money from Sky and BT

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 This ain’t workin’ Mr Richard Scudamore
I remember when you worked with me*
Yellow Pages you were running sales targets
Nothing much has changed form the way it used to be.

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 You raised the stakes every sales season
Like you do in the Premier League
You don’t care how clubs spend their money
You don’t care about the fans and me.
This still ain’t workin’ but that’s the way you do it
Money means nothin’ for you or for me

Editor Note:
OK.yes..this is a total rip off on a Dire Straits song Money For Nothing.. Plaguerism of the highest (lowest) order, sorry Mr Knopfler and Sting.

But dire straights is precisely where we find ourselves (as ever) in the total rip-off that is Premier League Football on TV.

*To pay the mortgage and feed the kids and my wife, I was something of a maverick sales account executive with Yellow Pages and probably something of a thorn in the side of Richard Scudamore. who was my then Sales Manger for several years in the early 80s in Bristol .We’d talk football sometimes. He kept his distance. I was just salesman. Everyone knew what an astute guy he was. I’ve bumped into him on stations a couple of times.He knows about Football Poets and what we do..

Fast-forward to now and God knows what the latest 5 billion TV rights deal will do for the cost of showing games pubs for landlords, which where loads of us have to watch our teams.

It’s still the Rich People’s Game. And it stopped being the People’s Game decades ago.

BUT…Why can’t (won’t) the Premier League and Ricahrd Scudamore enforce, govern and insist with all their member clubs, that in order to receive their windfalls, a definite monitored percentage of their money has to offset reducing ticket prices and faciilties for families, children, disabled etc.for a start. (Yeah right..dream on)

Why do I bother. We know they are weak, take the money and don’t care, won’t change it …and that we are just cardboard pawns…and not all prawn swaffing rich honchos. Rant over. Pointless.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/nothing-but-money-sky-tv/