A few months ago there was a meeting. The gist of it was that the product which had previously been immensely popular was now a bit tired to the public. Fewer people were watching, the format was becoming jaded and important decisions had to be made.
That’s enough about Big Brother but lets imagine they’d decided that the very thing to bring the viewers back would be to have two fewer contestants and a format which guaranteed that the game was rigged in such a way that only two contestants could win?
Yesterday’s vote by the SPL clubs defies any logic. A top ten was first tried in 1975. It has never been a format that has been popular with the supporters. Those supporters are crying out for change but rather for an increase in the number of teams in the top league.
I listened to a programme on Radio Scotland last night where an Irish journalist scoffed at the fourteen team idea. ” I mean at the moment the two extra teams would be Raith Rovers and Dunfermline (laughs and scoffs) well… that’s hardly going to increase the attraction of a top league is it?”, he said.
Lets think about that. Well there would be at least two more ‘derby’ matches in the SPL, there would be the opportunity for teams to take part in a more varied competition and not face every team four times but retain the four OF games for the telly.
If the SPL had gone for three leagues of fourteen the league would have had a streamlined ordered look. Now it looks as if the piecemeal proposals will produce an unwieldy hotch-potch of a league format.
They had the opportunity to improve the whole game – to have a purpose built infrastructure suited to the times.
Instead they’ve just grabbed the best table at the jumble sale.
Scottish football is doomed.