Media, Scottish Football

Four Questions for the Evening Shark-Jump

Good Morning.

The Clumpany reads all sorts of things in pursuing its ‘obsession’ (sic). I even sometimes stray into the realm of local papers such as the Evening Shark-Jump (ESJ). Of course, the ESJ is part of the Herald family and its journalists sometimes get to appear in the Big Paper too, thereby obtaining a much wider audience across Scotland than other staff who work in the local news sector.

This means that – on occasion – they even get to be opinion-formers at the national level.

And it is with this in mind that The Clumpany feels duty-bound to draw attention to one of yesterday’s ESJ offerings.

Times Talker: Should the SPFL consider a move to summer football?

Yesterday’s ‘Times Talker’ piece coincidentally talked about the possible introduction of summer football a few hours before the Record and others ‘revealed’ that ‘summer football’ (sic) was on its way in the form of a revamped Scottish League Cup, which would start with ‘loosely regionalised’ groups in July.

I will leave the press pack to debate whether there was actually an ‘exclusive’ to be had, and whether anyone secured it. Because the real focus of this blog are remarks from one of the contributors to the ESJ ‘story’.

During the course of his argument about a move to summer football, which was headed “Not until there is more of an appetite for change”, Chris Jack wrote the following words:

“There are many things that are wrong with our game”.

“Our game is broken, but the schedule doesn’t need fixing”.

These are remarkable things to say, especially as they are asserted without any real justification other than a mention that “The product on the park will still be the same, and clubs will still charge the same prices, which is a bigger problem in our game”.

I for one would love Chris to follow up his observations by answering these crucial questions:

  1. When our game was broken?
  2. How it was broken?
  3. What are the symptoms of its brokenness?
  4. What will it take for it to be fixed?

A rational person would surely only state that the national sport is ‘broken’ if they had their own coherent sense of the reasons, and a clear vision of what a healthy and well-functioning game would look like.

I am sure Chris has better things to do than read my little blog. And so I don’t expect my questions to be answered.

However, I do think it might be worth Clumpaneers bearing  my observations in mind the next time they read commentary on the state of our game from Mr Jack and the Evening Shark-Jump.

Because it is quite a curious thing to be writing about our national game day-in and day-out if you view it as a broken product and have no solutions to offer.