Barber wary over TV games

The Argus: Paul Barber Paul Barber

Paul Barber admits he will have extra reason to keep an eye on two televised matches over Christmas and New Year.

He won’t be watching them. But he will be very interested – and a little concerned – about what they could mean for the balance between TV coverage and people attending or playing in live games.

Albion have moved their Boxing Day clash against Charlton forward to 12.30pm to avoid the West Ham v Liverpool televised match at 3pm.

They will go head to head with Southampton v Chelsea when they host Bournemouth on New Year’s Day.

Albion’s chief executive is worried to see televised games – both on Premier League newcomers BT Sport – kicking off at 3pm on both days.

And he is wary of a dangerous precedent being set Barber, pictured below, is happy with a current set-up which sees the day’s first live games ending just before 3pm and later TV fixtures kicking off after 5pm.

But he hopes this year’s holiday schedules do not lead to top-flight matches being screened just as hundreds of clubs at all levels are getting stuck into their own matches.

Barber said: “This is the first time in memory that on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, a live TV game has been scheduled for the protected zone if you like, the 3-5pm slot where we try to protect each other’s crowds.

“It could put people off going to live games.

“The bigger concern for me, though, is whether this is the beginning of seeing live games scheduled for 3pm on a Saturday in the normal course of a season.

“That could affect us and it also affects grass roots football “All of us at the Albion accept that at 3pm on a Saturday there will be lads playing football who can’t get to The Amex.

“If we compound that by having, let’s say Manchester United v Manchester City on TV at 3pm on a Saturday, then some of our own attendances are going to be affected.

“I’ve got some concerns about that and I feel we just need to be careful we keep this balance we have had for a number of years.

“We have great live TV slots which by and large don’t seem to affect the grass roots game or live attendance at matches.”

Barber is also unhappy about what he sees as an unbalanced schedule of home games for Albion – and he has told the Football League so.

He said: “I think one home game in 33 days followed by three in 18 days leading up to Christmas is an imbalance.

“We know December is busy and it is very difficult for the league to get a perfect balance and we understand that. But what we have now doesn’t feel right from the football club’s business point of view.

“And, more significantly, from the fans’ point of view I don’t think it’s the right balance.”

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12:09pm Sat 7 Dec 13

ringtone says...

Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul.
Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul. ringtone

12:28pm Sat 7 Dec 13

tonypulis says...

I wish my employers were as financially astute as Mr Barber.
I wish my employers were as financially astute as Mr Barber. tonypulis

12:29pm Sat 7 Dec 13

GovindaTim says...

ringtone wrote:
Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul.
Thats his job ringpiece.
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul.[/p][/quote]Thats his job ringpiece. GovindaTim

12:53pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Captain Haddock says...

Completely agree with Mr Barber. Schedule on both counts is ridiculous. Regarding the live TV arrangements, I also agree. It is a dangerous precedent to set.
Completely agree with Mr Barber. Schedule on both counts is ridiculous. Regarding the live TV arrangements, I also agree. It is a dangerous precedent to set. Captain Haddock

12:55pm Sat 7 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

ringtone wrote:
Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul.
Given what his role is at the club you would rather he thought about what?
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul.[/p][/quote]Given what his role is at the club you would rather he thought about what? VegasSeagull

1:15pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Yogi says...

Let's get in the premiership and host a televised game at Xmas!! Agree with his sentiments though.
Let's get in the premiership and host a televised game at Xmas!! Agree with his sentiments though. Yogi

1:17pm Sat 7 Dec 13

ringtone says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
ringtone wrote:
Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul.
Given what his role is at the club you would rather he thought about what?
Solving the Kennedy assassination.

Thats how highly I rate this guys forensic skills.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul.[/p][/quote]Given what his role is at the club you would rather he thought about what?[/p][/quote]Solving the Kennedy assassination. Thats how highly I rate this guys forensic skills. ringtone

1:17pm Sat 7 Dec 13

albion64 says...

He should focus on why some of the current season ticket holders don't turn up for games. Lots of empty spaces on Tuesday, but apparently a crowd of 25000. Of course that includes the ones that weren't there. Think how empty it would look should there be a live game on at the same time.
He should focus on why some of the current season ticket holders don't turn up for games. Lots of empty spaces on Tuesday, but apparently a crowd of 25000. Of course that includes the ones that weren't there. Think how empty it would look should there be a live game on at the same time. albion64

1:29pm Sat 7 Dec 13

tonypulis says...

ringtone wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
ringtone wrote:
Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul.
Given what his role is at the club you would rather he thought about what?
Solving the Kennedy assassination.

Thats how highly I rate this guys forensic skills.
Even if he did solve the Kennedy assassination, some people would still not be happy and say that he had ruined a thoroughly good conspiracy theory.
[quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ringtone[/bold] wrote: Always thinking of the bottom line, eh Paul.[/p][/quote]Given what his role is at the club you would rather he thought about what?[/p][/quote]Solving the Kennedy assassination. Thats how highly I rate this guys forensic skills.[/p][/quote]Even if he did solve the Kennedy assassination, some people would still not be happy and say that he had ruined a thoroughly good conspiracy theory. tonypulis

1:49pm Sat 7 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Whilst Barber makes a valid point regarding televised matches at the end of the day I all comes down to the quality of the product you are trying to sell.
If Brighton were to find themselves in the top six come Christmas the fans will come no matter what is on TV, but if we continue to play in the manner we did against Barnsley, then sitting warm and comfy at home and watching a match might seem a good idea.

The product must be of good quality in order to get people to buy, in these modern days there are many ways to record a big match on the TV, but there is only one way to see a live non televised match.

Once the season starts the manager has more to do with the gate numbers than any financial minded suit.
Whilst Barber makes a valid point regarding televised matches at the end of the day I all comes down to the quality of the product you are trying to sell. If Brighton were to find themselves in the top six come Christmas the fans will come no matter what is on TV, but if we continue to play in the manner we did against Barnsley, then sitting warm and comfy at home and watching a match might seem a good idea. The product must be of good quality in order to get people to buy, in these modern days there are many ways to record a big match on the TV, but there is only one way to see a live non televised match. Once the season starts the manager has more to do with the gate numbers than any financial minded suit. VegasSeagull

1:52pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Hove Actually says...

Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches.
If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps
Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches. If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps Hove Actually

1:58pm Sat 7 Dec 13

south1919 says...

“If we compound that by having, let’s say Manchester United v Manchester City on TV at 3pm on a Saturday, then some of our own attendances are going to be affected.
In other words Brighton for quite a few are their second team, is what he is trying to say
“If we compound that by having, let’s say Manchester United v Manchester City on TV at 3pm on a Saturday, then some of our own attendances are going to be affected. In other words Brighton for quite a few are their second team, is what he is trying to say south1919

2:02pm Sat 7 Dec 13

VegasSeagull says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches.
If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps
From where would he find the finances to build this promotion quality team, and who is to say that we can't get promotion with the squad we have now. I think it a tad early to write off our chances.
The first task he had this year was to bring us into FFP compliance, by all accounts we will be, are you suggesting that we shouldn't concern ourselves with the FFP?
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches. If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps[/p][/quote]From where would he find the finances to build this promotion quality team, and who is to say that we can't get promotion with the squad we have now. I think it a tad early to write off our chances. The first task he had this year was to bring us into FFP compliance, by all accounts we will be, are you suggesting that we shouldn't concern ourselves with the FFP? VegasSeagull

2:35pm Sat 7 Dec 13

tug509 says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches.
If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps
Your an idiot !

3pm on Saturdays has been the time to GO to watch your team LIVE for ,in our case 112 years !! ,wow, and you want to tread all over that because of a Barnsley game ,you are not a fan of the Albion with crap like that ,in fact you need a change of sport imo,perhaps synchronized swimming,you can watch from your armchair ,and need not get any wetter than you already are !. UTA
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches. If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps[/p][/quote]Your an idiot ! 3pm on Saturdays has been the time to GO to watch your team LIVE for ,in our case 112 years !! ,wow, and you want to tread all over that because of a Barnsley game ,you are not a fan of the Albion with crap like that ,in fact you need a change of sport imo,perhaps synchronized swimming,you can watch from your armchair ,and need not get any wetter than you already are !. UTA tug509

3:32pm Sat 7 Dec 13

ringtone says...

tug509 wrote:
Hove Actually wrote:
Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches.
If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps
Your an idiot !

3pm on Saturdays has been the time to GO to watch your team LIVE for ,in our case 112 years !! ,wow, and you want to tread all over that because of a Barnsley game ,you are not a fan of the Albion with crap like that ,in fact you need a change of sport imo,perhaps synchronized swimming,you can watch from your armchair ,and need not get any wetter than you already are !. UTA
You tell em tug
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches. If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps[/p][/quote]Your an idiot ! 3pm on Saturdays has been the time to GO to watch your team LIVE for ,in our case 112 years !! ,wow, and you want to tread all over that because of a Barnsley game ,you are not a fan of the Albion with crap like that ,in fact you need a change of sport imo,perhaps synchronized swimming,you can watch from your armchair ,and need not get any wetter than you already are !. UTA[/p][/quote]You tell em tug ringtone

5:12pm Sat 7 Dec 13

south1919 says...

tug509 wrote:
Hove Actually wrote:
Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches.
If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps
Your an idiot !

3pm on Saturdays has been the time to GO to watch your team LIVE for ,in our case 112 years !! ,wow, and you want to tread all over that because of a Barnsley game ,you are not a fan of the Albion with crap like that ,in fact you need a change of sport imo,perhaps synchronized swimming,you can watch from your armchair ,and need not get any wetter than you already are !. UTA
Says the bloke who hardly ever goes
[quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches. If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps[/p][/quote]Your an idiot ! 3pm on Saturdays has been the time to GO to watch your team LIVE for ,in our case 112 years !! ,wow, and you want to tread all over that because of a Barnsley game ,you are not a fan of the Albion with crap like that ,in fact you need a change of sport imo,perhaps synchronized swimming,you can watch from your armchair ,and need not get any wetter than you already are !. UTA[/p][/quote]Says the bloke who hardly ever goes south1919

9:49am Sun 8 Dec 13

olebut says...

I am a Brighton fan and if I lived close enough to attend home matches I would not be put of attending because there was some other match on TV I am one of the increasing number of people who do not and wont pay for SKY . But that apart why miss your own tam to watch somebody else's unless you are a fair weather fan and with tickets hard to come by at The Amex unless you are a season ticket holder I can not see it really affecting the gates there or indeed anywhere else. Perhaps Mr Barber just felt the need to e in the papers.
I am a Brighton fan and if I lived close enough to attend home matches I would not be put of attending because there was some other match on TV I am one of the increasing number of people who do not and wont pay for SKY . But that apart why miss your own tam to watch somebody else's unless you are a fair weather fan and with tickets hard to come by at The Amex unless you are a season ticket holder I can not see it really affecting the gates there or indeed anywhere else. Perhaps Mr Barber just felt the need to e in the papers. olebut

10:45am Sun 8 Dec 13

Baldseagull says...

I can't imagine anyone that wanted to watch Brighton deciding not to, just because some other team is on the telly. If Brighton were on the telly then I would expect a few to just watch it on the box instead of travelling, but not a game between two clubs from Manchester.
There are a few who have Brighton as their second side, they might choose to stay in the pub if their first love is on the telly. London clubs would do the most damage, Spurs seems to be well represented among our crowd.
I can't imagine anyone that wanted to watch Brighton deciding not to, just because some other team is on the telly. If Brighton were on the telly then I would expect a few to just watch it on the box instead of travelling, but not a game between two clubs from Manchester. There are a few who have Brighton as their second side, they might choose to stay in the pub if their first love is on the telly. London clubs would do the most damage, Spurs seems to be well represented among our crowd. Baldseagull

2:02pm Sun 8 Dec 13

tonypulis says...

Baldseagull wrote:
I can't imagine anyone that wanted to watch Brighton deciding not to, just because some other team is on the telly. If Brighton were on the telly then I would expect a few to just watch it on the box instead of travelling, but not a game between two clubs from Manchester.
There are a few who have Brighton as their second side, they might choose to stay in the pub if their first love is on the telly. London clubs would do the most damage, Spurs seems to be well represented among our crowd.
There are a few closet Palace ones too xx
[quote][p][bold]Baldseagull[/bold] wrote: I can't imagine anyone that wanted to watch Brighton deciding not to, just because some other team is on the telly. If Brighton were on the telly then I would expect a few to just watch it on the box instead of travelling, but not a game between two clubs from Manchester. There are a few who have Brighton as their second side, they might choose to stay in the pub if their first love is on the telly. London clubs would do the most damage, Spurs seems to be well represented among our crowd.[/p][/quote]There are a few closet Palace ones too xx tonypulis

4:30pm Sun 8 Dec 13

tug509 says...

south1919 wrote:
tug509 wrote:
Hove Actually wrote:
Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches.
If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps
Your an idiot !

3pm on Saturdays has been the time to GO to watch your team LIVE for ,in our case 112 years !! ,wow, and you want to tread all over that because of a Barnsley game ,you are not a fan of the Albion with crap like that ,in fact you need a change of sport imo,perhaps synchronized swimming,you can watch from your armchair ,and need not get any wetter than you already are !. UTA
Says the bloke who hardly ever goes
How the hell would you know how often i go ?. You dont know anything at all,where i live,my work and family commitments,finances
,you know nothing about me ,but i know one thing about you,take a guess what i`m thinking !!!.
[quote][p][bold]south1919[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tug509[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Long overdue, Saturday 3pm Kickoffs will be welcome by more than complain, People are paying vast sums for the sports chanels and deserve live football and the best matches. If Barber is worried about people not turning up he needs to finance a team that can walk all over the likes of Barnsley and take us into the Prem instead of looking for cheap loan players to cover the gaps[/p][/quote]Your an idiot ! 3pm on Saturdays has been the time to GO to watch your team LIVE for ,in our case 112 years !! ,wow, and you want to tread all over that because of a Barnsley game ,you are not a fan of the Albion with crap like that ,in fact you need a change of sport imo,perhaps synchronized swimming,you can watch from your armchair ,and need not get any wetter than you already are !. UTA[/p][/quote]Says the bloke who hardly ever goes[/p][/quote]How the hell would you know how often i go ?. You dont know anything at all,where i live,my work and family commitments,finances ,you know nothing about me ,but i know one thing about you,take a guess what i`m thinking !!!. tug509

7:27pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Falmer Wizard says...

Much as i follow football Christmas is a family time so no way i would go to watch a match other than highlights on TV.
Much as i follow football Christmas is a family time so no way i would go to watch a match other than highlights on TV. Falmer Wizard

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