If it was up to me I would have football only shown on the BBC or on Sky Sports because they do a fantastic job at broadcasting football yet with the way things are with money in football the highest bidder gets the rights and that’s what ITV did to get the FA Cup coverage yet if anyone tuning into watch Middlesbrough vs Sunderland last night you would of had a hard time knowing they were covering the game.
Fabio Capello resigning as the England manager last night was out of nowhere, the news of which broke at around 7pm. With the way of the world the news was everywhere, you really couldn’t miss it, it was all over Twitter, BBC News, Sky News and it was on every website going so in a 30 minute block before ITV1 went on air with the FA Cup 4th round replay of Middlesbrough vs Sunderland so I would say everyone was clued up on Capello resigning.
The ITV team opened the program with talk of Capello resigning, fine, I was fine with that because some tuning into the game may not of known but they came back from an ad break to talk more on Fabio Capello resigning and the pathetic coverage started from there.
The opening 15 minutes should draw you into watching the game televised, i.e. tell you team news, manager interviews, talk about the two clubs playing but we got none of that. In the opening 15 minutes we got the views of Adrian Chiles, Roy Keane and Gareth Southgate on Capello resigning. I didn’t know the team news up until 30 seconds before the kick off which as a viewer isn’t good enough because I want to know whose playing.
Half time and it was Middlesbrough 0-1 Sunderland thanks to a brilliant strike from Jack Colback but did the ITV team care for that or any of the other 45 minutes of the game, no. More talk on Capello resigning. Sure it was massive news in football but ITV1 were there to broadcast an FA Cup game and the ITV team are employed to talk about that game but 15 minutes rolled on and nothing but Capello.
As a Sunderland fan I was finding it a little disrespectful on both teams that the ITV team couldn’t be arsed with the game going on over their shoulders. Apart from a small 20 seconds where Keane and Southgate said Colback’s goal was great that was the only half time analysis we the viewer got. Not good enough.
I know pundits can be annoying but sometimes as a viewer I don’t mind an ex-players input into the game but we got none from ITV.
The 2nd half went on and Lukas Jutkiewicz scored for Middlesbrough, great moment for him, the fans in the stadium and watching because credit to Middlesbrough, they played really well and you got a good amount of excitement from Peter Drury and Andy Townsend because of that but that soon went and even they were joining in telling the news of Capello resigning.
ITV were submitting us into submission with the amount of Fabio Capello talk during this game but if we thought they’d shut up about it they went lower and started to show what the England players were tweeting on Capello resigning.
Like we should care less what Wayne Rooney is tweeting about Capello, I care for the football match that was going on but my focus was not on the game it was on how bad ITV were covering the game and banging on about Capello even though I knew everything about it by know.
Full time came and the game went into extra time, Adrian Chiles still passing on the message of Capello resigning because it wasn’t as if they were banging on about it.
Stephane Sessegnon popped up with the winner 8 minutes before time and it ended Middlesbrough 1-2 Sunderland. Sunderland move on to play Arsenal in the 5th round while Middlesbrough can hold their heads up high after performing brilliantly. You’d expect now the ITV team to talk about the game that had finished and they did, all of about 6 minutes.
Highlights included both managers interviewed, all the goals, more Capello talk in there too and the two idiot fans that ran onto the pitch, yes ITV thought that two idiot fans running onto the pitch was a highlight. After all of that they then spent 30 minutes talking more about Capello. So in total about an hour of the 3 that ITV1 were on air with the game was spent talking about Fabio Capello resigning, appalling coverage.
At the end of the program I knew Middlesbrough 1-2 Sunderland was the worst televised game ever, not because of the game but because of the pathetic coverage where the ITV team only wanted to talk about Capello.
ITV should learn that when they went to broadcast a live football match they should concentrate on that game and not on other issues, talk about other issues for maybe 2 minutes but not for a third of the broadcast because as a viewer I expect more than the shower of rubbish I got with Middlesbrough 1-2 Sunderland.
Sunderland vs Arsenal 5th round tie is live on ITV1 as well, think I’ll go to that so I can watch the match and not watch more redeem chat on something other than the match that is being shown.