Should be a difficult start with a sombre mood following the events in Manchester.
I hope once people have paid their respects though the cricket takes over and people enjoy themselves in the Sunshine.
That said, perhaps it would be fitting if a little bit of extra self control could be shown to tone down the amount of alcohol fuelled idiocy that often takes place in certain areas of the ground.
"Hitting the ECB's revenue would have the knock on effect of hitting the counties' revenues, but carry on."
Indeed it would and I am completely conscious of that impact. "Boycotts" always have a price which has to be paid. In economics this is known as "opportunity cost", and reflects the understanding that all activity has its price.
The question is that of whether the potential cost is proportionate to the potential benefit. Because an approach of this type would involve ALL stakeholders including the supporter who boycotts, the counties, the ECB and Sky, it would ultimately bring them together to fabricate a solution which takes the interests of all into account. At present that is not the case. Supporters feel aggrieved, Counties feel that their interests are not being taken seriously, and players are being prevented from playing when they want to do so (e.g. Bairstow at Lords last year), the ECB enforces its own position and Sky is happy to cash in on the revenues which it can make from televising that which the ECB has enforced.
Only the ECB appears to be unconcerned. Maybe ( I do not know) Sky takes the attitude that the internal working is a matter for the ECB alone, but surely it is interested in what its customers really want and the money which it puts into the game gives it leverage. It is, therefore, potentially a key ally for those other stakeholders who want to change the behaviour of the ECB.
Before threatening to "boycott" attempts should be made to negotiate with the ECB and certainly with Sky; it is my understanding that some counties, and certainly YCCC, have tried to do so with the ECB; to no avail. I suppose that the counties only relate to Sky through the medium of the ECB. As far as I am aware there is no association which can express the views of cricket followers other than to work through their own county; a modus operandi which we have noted is futile. The media would have the capacity to bring about change if it wanted to do so, but individual journalists have employers who might be happy with the benefits of the current position.
So, in short, aggrieved supporters can either accept the status quo and shut up, or they can band together to promote change. If they choose the latter there will be costs. If they accept the former then they must stop complaining, because it will not change anything and the constant "whinge" is tedious.