Date: 13th November 2007 at 10:51am
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An attractive looking Championship game between two in-form teams attracted a crowd of only 18,566 to the Ricoh Arena on Monday night as Coventry City lost out to West Bromwich Albion.

In the rush to accept TV deals, are clubs really looking at the kind of money they are losing at the gate and on peripherals such as programmes and food?

2,210 West Brom fans were at the match on Monday night compared to 6,411 in a crowd of 26,343 for last season’s corresponding fixture (albeit it was the end of the season and the Baggies were going for a play-off place).

No-one can blame either the majority of those visiting fans or Coventry City fans without season tickets for not attending but their absence suddenly lessens the value of the cheque that Sky hand over for live coverage.

On a similar theme, the Championship has become one of Europe’s best-attended and commercially attractive leagues over the past few years but while games are scheduled simply to compete against Premiership football on another channel it is not going to get the coverage it deserves.

 

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