- Jan 17, 2015
- Reaction score
- Lincoln City
I could half understand his point, not fully, but it sounded like it was really centred around clubs profiting as much from away games, which in itself does seems a weird logic. For me, it should have been set up on a sliding scale so if an away end is sold out, the away club should get more of the split because they've done as much as they possibly can in terms of away attendance and if it isn't sold out, it's a different split (so in the example you use, I agree with you in the main because you sold out the away end but I don't think there should be any circumstance where an away club pockets 100% of the revenue from iFollow pass sales).His actual gripe was abit ridiculous though. It started with him claiming his club Accrington should be getting 50% of our IFollow revenue when we sold 5,500 passes to the game against them. That is despite us having already sold out the away end. It made no sense.
We also played them midweek at our stadium (this could’ve been last season) and sold over 5,000 IFollow passes and again he was adamant it was a disgrace that Accrington wouldn't receive half the revenue. I don’t understand how he can think it’s a valid argument when our fans are clearly paying to watch us. Why would they receive half because they are the opponent? Whereas we’d have got half of their 50 IFollow buys. It made no sense at all and was clearly just a way for the littler clubs to ponce money off the bigger fanbases.
His argument about the game at their place was insane anyway as the actual away end had already sold out. So it wasn’t as if the IFollow buys were restricting numbers at their ground as he was insinuating.
I've always found iFollow a bit of a weird one anyway, it's never felt like the revenue and the split of it has quite been worked out correctly. I don't agree with an away club getting 100% of the revenue just because the iFollow pass is bought through their site because it's not their feed they're using, or their cameras, or their cameraperson, their overheads that need covering etc etc etc.