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Fixture Rescheduling

Last week, the Livi For Life [1] trust and the Raith Supporters Trust sent a joint letter to Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the SPFL, regarding the rescheduling of the final set of fixtures in this season’s Championship campaign. Following this, we were pleased to speak to Mr Doncaster to discuss the issues raised in our letter.

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The key concerns we raised included:

Many of the issues we discussed are confidential in nature, relating to the commercial arrangements with various broadcasters. We can report, however, that Mr Doncaster acknowledged the difficulties that the rescheduling of fixtures raised for supporters, particularly those at key points in the football season; and that our concerns were listened to and understood by Mr Doncaster, and in many cases shared. Where we weren’t in total agreement, we were pleased that the constructive tone of the conversation allowed these concerns to be noted for consideration in future.

We will strive to ensure structured dialogue on issues such as these takes place, and would welcome any opportunities for supporter representation in discussions with broadcasters going forward.

We would like to express our gratitude to Andrew Jenkin of Supporters Direct Scotland for helping to arrange this conversation. SDS and the network of Trusts that it supports provide a forum for dialogue and engagement between supporters across Scotland, and with the football authorities, and we appreciate the opportunities that this creates.

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#1 Comment By Cameron Hill On Apr 28, 2016 @ 3:55 pm

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#6 Comment By Jim Stenhouse On Apr 28, 2016 @ 4:31 pm

tv rights have priority over everything

#7 Comment By Jim Stenhouse On Apr 28, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

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#9 Comment By Kevin Bradshaw On Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:07 pm

What was the conclusion? I’m guessing this means less rest for our guys pre the playoffs?

#10 Comment By Alan Provan On Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

The TV outfits have too much power and don’t give the SPFL enough money (especially Alba). It is a sad state of affairs that our fixtures have to be messed about to please them. They have us by the short and curlies and really there is sweet FA we can do about it, sad sad.

#11 Comment By James Clark On Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:36 pm

Doncaster really couldn’t give a toss for fans of Rovers or Livvy or indeed many other clubs in Scotland. He’s obsessed by TV ratings and income which are driven in the main by just two teams. He’s been an embarrassment to the game for years and should have been fired ages ago.

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#20 Comment By Raith Supporters Trust On May 16, 2016 @ 4:39 pm

There wasn’t really a conclusion – just an acknowledgement of our concerns, and a commitment to further dialogue in the future.

#21 Comment By Raith Supporters Trust On May 16, 2016 @ 4:40 pm

To be fair to him, he was more than happy to talk to us and hear our concerns directly. A lot more of that is required though.

#22 Comment By James Clark On May 16, 2016 @ 6:15 pm

In a similar fashion, politicians will happily sit down and listen to your concerns at a constituency surgery. Getting them to act on said concerns? Good luck for the most part….especially if it involves rocking the boat.