Thursday, February 07, 2008

Steven says no.

The Australian Government has announced that it will not negotiate with Foxtel to allow free to air viewing of Socceroo matches. You can listen to Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy on the ABC this morning here. It means that the only Socceroo games on free-to-air TV will be the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa all the way to 2013.

At least the Socceroo qualification against Qatar is now over and we can get back to the A-League finals. It has been like being in a vacuum. A-League clubs has struggled to get coverage and as we know only scandals and fights can cut through.

The Roar has apparently sold 25,000 tickets for tomorrow night's last home game for the year and believe that 40,000 is possible. Let's hope the rain holds off. Kick off has been extended to 7:30pm.

This could be the last time Roar fans get to see a sizable slice of their squad. Some to Adelaide (Ognonovski), Gold Coast (Lynch) and overseas (Reinaldo plus others - Kruse? Murdocca?).

The club will be glad that Craig Moore has quit international games. Unfortunately he was the only A-League player to turn out last night. Hopefully he can last tomorrow.

The Queensland State Government has signed a sponsorship deal with the Roar - ahead of any Gold Coast entry.

Ballymore oval is back in play as the new Federal Government has backed out of a $10m investment in upgrading the stadium to a training facility.

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