Date: 16th November 2018 at 6:30am
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This week it was confirmed that Premier League Chairman Richard Scudamore would receive what is in effect a £5million golden handshake paid for by each of the 20 Premier League teams.

He deserves it obviously and he’d be broke otherwise as it’s not like he’s taken a very commensurate wage over the last 20 odd years as the game we all love became more about the money and less about the fans.

Sky Sports carry the details of the arrangement and they quote a statement from the Premier League which in effect tries to pass off the handshake as being in return for a future consultancy role which will ensure non-compete clauses are adhered to given Scudamore’s knowledge of our top-flight and his insight into television deals that have been negotiated.

Understandably the Premier League don’t want him running to a rival and affecting our bottom line.

But the clubs themselves are paying directly for it and not in a roundabout way given the money the Premier League themselves make on the back of clubs existing.

Fans across football were largely against the payment and the Football Supporters’ Federation had urged clubs not to agree and I’m completely with them.

Keep Scudamore on as a consultant and pay him appropriately, but don’t wibble about ‘recognition of his work’ like he’s been an unpaid intern and isn’t set for life already and hasn’t enjoyed the trappings that his role and the growth of the Premier League have brought him.

Fans aren’t thick and it won’t come as a surprise to anyone to see him thank ‘broadcasters’ and sponsors yet curiously the word ‘fan’ doesn’t feature in the quotes Sky have put out.

Then again he was a cog in the machine that championed fans not receiving compensation when his TV buddies saw £ signs, but they can find money for his compensation.

Curious that isn’t it.

 

5 Replies to “Funny What Football Can Find Money For When The Word ‘Fan’ Isn’t Involved”

  • Can we send him to St. Helena or Elba, please? Napoleon’s penis is said to have ended up in a pickle jar after the experience. It’s said to be owned now by the family of John Lattimore, an American urologist. I kid you not. May similar be the end of a man who dedicated himself into extracting money from athletic supporters, if you catch my drift.

  • Have to agree with most of this article; grass roots football and the EFL clubs struggle whilst the PL squeezes the lifeblood out of football.

    However one does have to acknowledge that Scudamore would be in real demand from other leagues and since the PL is an international product, they are not risking him being poached. But why should the clubs pay and not the PL itself.?

    Good article. Makes it worth dredging through a lot of dross and tweets from people who really are what the previous contributor claims to be!

  • Hootspur (and not the blowfish?). LOL. I think I agree with you about that lad who wrote the first comment on this thread, although I’m not sure how to take your meta-comment about his identity claim. there surely are many a knob headed fool commenting these days. Outrageous, especially when they feign (not deign) to poke fun at themselves. At least they should be poking fun at us.

  • just to be clear, I think the point of the first comment was that people like Scudamore are sucking the lifeblood from the supporters of the real football that is the foundation holding up the PL, and thus people like Scudamore deserve the same fate at the end of their careers as Napoleon’s penis at the end of his career: Chopped and pickled in a jar, all shrunken and shrivelled, an object of alienated smirks.

  • Aflter his greatest military victory, Napoleon was reputed to have sent to his Empress wife the following message: “Josephine, stop bathing. I’m coming home.”

    At long last even his penis couldn’t come home to her and the bottled and pickled member was sent eventually to a kinky urologist to put on a shelf, an object of ridicule.

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