TTU Awards 2009/2010: Crimes Against Football

Posted by on Jun 2, 2010 in TTU Awards | 6 Comments

He’s a sitting duck, but Richard Scudamore nonetheless edges it in the race for the Crimes Against Football gong. At the risk of sounding preachy, Sky’s ruthless bedfellow continues to grate on us unfortunates, and if the first few paragraphs of this Times piece don’t make you sick in your mouth a little then maybe you’re on the wrong site.

It’s not a simple case of biting the hand that feeds us: this “fiercely uncompromising negotiator” is compromising the competitive spirit of the game at this very moment; we gave extensive (for us, anyway) treatment of the parachute payments issue a week ago. To round it off, he’s apparently a Bristol City diehard, which makes his attitude towards everything sub-Premier League seem even more unsavoury.

Honourable mentions to: Flavio Briatore, who, not content with dragging F1 into the moral gutter, ruined a once promising season for QPR fans with his persistent interference in team affairs; Sky, for continuing to treat the game as some sort of televisual spectacle (their movement of the Plymouth Vs Newcastle match from a Saturday afternoon to a Monday evening was particularly galling); and, finally, whoever devised the Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes slot. Apparently Lizzie used to be a teacher. You can tell.

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  1. gerschenkron
    June 2, 2010

    No arguments from me about the winner, but you've ruined the blog by insinuating that it is in any way feasible to drag F1 into the “moral gutter” – it has always been in the moral gutter and never once has it looked up to the stars.

  2. Lanterne Rouge
    June 2, 2010

    Perhaps unfair on Lizzie who I am sure is a very pleasant person but Lloyd's mention is more a reflection of how tired we are with the verbal diarrhoea of the email and phone in formats. It's also no reflection on Lizzie's gender – I prefer her style to other exponents of the genre such as Spoony and Tim Lovejoy.

  3. Ben
    June 3, 2010

    That slot is, like most phone-ins, the equivalent of giving a monkey a microphone.

  4. Ben
    June 3, 2010

    (The link to the Times piece looks as though it might be broken, by the way.)

  5. Columbine Harvester
    June 4, 2010

    That Times piece was interesting. If Scudamore is managing to get South Americans to support premiership teams over River Plate or Santos, then what chance do lower league English clubs have of competing with them for fans? He's evil.

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