from the Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/ ... a-counties
The vote takes place today to change the Constitution of the ECB to allow them to hold a competition without all 18 counties involvement. The 1.3M bribe to all counties will ensure that all the turkeys will vote for Christmas.
As an aside --- are any supporters in favour of this new comp apart from the idiots at the ECB. Nearly all the postings after every article about the new comp seem to be against it. Do, or will, the ECB listen to supporters. NO, of course not!!
I happen to be a Middlesex Member as well as a Yorkshire Member. I've posted before about County Cricket being financially unsustainable without a cross subsidy from somewhere. The money coming in from Membership fees, gate money, hospitality, food & drink, and media rights is not enough. It won't pay for player's & coach's salaries, ground developments, pitch maintenance & expenses for staging games. Without a cross subsidy, we'd have sub standard pitches, poor drainage, part time players, poor fitness & poor quality games. As it happens. As a realist. I'd accept some of that. Cricket “Supporters” bleating on about it all being someone else's fault will as surely kill County Cricket as the ECB Bogeyman.
The current cross subsidy is provided by ECB International Cricket. The system is far from perfect. But, I'm happy to acknowledge. Without a vibrant & sellable England team, there would be no money for County Cricket. To see County Cricket continue, I will happily pay the price of the ECB dictating who can play when. We need to have a cross subsidy. We have to accept a price.
But, that's as far as I go. ECB Franchised T20 is an attempt at generating another cross subsidy. But, I'm against it. My simple logic is - if you can't generate enough money to fund 18 teams, creating 8 more is an odd thing to do.
I'm glad “my second County” Middlesex have voted against it. Salute.
Middlesex finances are different to Yorkshire’s. They are not a rich club. They don't own their own ground. Plus side - they don't have to get into debt developing & maintaining it. Down side - they don't make any real money from gate receipts and food n drink. All that goes to the MCC. And of course, Middlesex don't make a penny from hostng ECB International Cricket. They won't be a Franchise T20 host. They don't own a ground, remember. In a sense, they're a Cricket Club. They don't get sidetracked by loans, debts, council grants, bidding for Test matches. They don't need construction engineers, project managers, property developers, millionaire sugar daddy grocers on the board. A lot of nervous energy into CRICKET. Precious little into associated Bollocks. I quite like that. They won the Title you know….. and they can & have voted against Franchise T20.
Taking advantage of all the discounts, my Middlesex Membership cost me £59.