Originally Posted by Langeveldt
Strange how there was such outrage over how cricket was lost to sky, and now there is outrage about the Ashes being lost to terrestrial.. I'm firmly in the pro-terrestrial camp to be honest, it's not like English cricket is starving, and you can see their penchant for the big buck when it came to Stanford, and nobody liked it, so it's a bit rich to say they are holding cricket to ransom now..
What is also worrying is how the Ashes get different treatment to other test cricket.. A step closer to world of English cricket where we only have the Ashes and T20 methinks
I just look at how I can watch more English cricket from the other side of the world, for less money than my parents do, who live a few miles from the county ground in Taunton.. That to me isn't right..
Just on this point, at the moment the Ashes is not raised above the rest of test cricket in regards to the tv rights, exclusive home test cricket is sold as a package for all tests. If this gets the go ahead, the Ashes will be separate from other test cricket and we may get even more skewed towards an Ashes schedule.
Conversely if BBC or whomever pays jack **** for the Ashes, which they probably would want to do, then whats to stop the ECB saying, we will make the Ashes a 3 test series cos we can make more money by having a longer series against SA or India on Sky.