Ferguson says TV has too much power over clubs

AP, Monday 26 Sep 2011

Alex Ferguson has complained that television companies have too much power over clubs, despite broadcast revenue helping maintain Manchester United’s status as one of the biggest clubs in the world

Alex Ferguson
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and manager Sir Alex Ferguson

The United manager told the BBC on Monday: “When you shake hands with the devil you have to pay the price. Television is God at the moment. It’s king.”

Ferguson is unhappy that television companies can determine the fixture list, resulting in “some ridiculous situations like playing on Wednesday night in Europe and then 12:30 at lunchtime on Saturday.”

United and England’s other topflight clubs decided to break away from the other divisions in 1992 to increase their shares of television revenue.

United received 60.4 million pounds (then $98.7) last season.

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