if it does come off it'd be fantastic if Oldham RL could be coaxed out of that dump and back to Boundary Park (which is also a dump but in comparison is Wembley Stadium).
Dr Koukash in Sundays Racing Post
Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:25 PM
Surely he could only be talking about an internet style thing - replays of the clubs games after the fact, interviews etc. If he isnt then perhaps he's insane :-)
TV channel? Sounds interesting.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 06:20 PM
He hasn't yet bought the stadium, think he is waiting for the council to become desperate to offload.
From the gossip it seems there is another hidden money man involved in all his deals. Sure someone said he was Dubai based.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 07:57 PM
Channel 4 has the pick of the horse racing sewn up for a few years now, so I don't really see him being able to get rights for anything that'll pull in subscribers from that sport. Football rights are expensive even at Oldham's level. Superleague? Sky have that and they have far more financial clout than Dr K. And if they didn't have exclusivity, they'd pay even less for it than they do now.
Chanel 4 has the pick of the terrestrial racing.
Every meeting in this country is shown on one of two channels already (and on C4 at the big ones).
Racing UK is a subscription channel owned by a organisation set up to run the media on behalf of 33 courses (so they own it) they show their meeting on this channel.
At The Races is free on sky and Virgin and owned by Sky and Arena Leisure and has 27 of the courses signed up to them for coverage.
The Koukash channel could target these courses but it means going up against Sky.
Rugby League. Well as we know Super League on Sky, Championship on Premier Sport.
SL would mean going up against Sky again. I think he could poach the Championship games from Premier but could be a mini bidding war.
Football. Premier League/Champions League rights? Somehow i don't think he has a couple of billion down the back of the couch to go up against Sky and the very big boys. Championship? I would think these rights would still be out of the price range for the number of subscribers it would attract (ITV Digital). So its lower league as a poss.
Anyone get the feeling hes got ideas of taking over the world?
Personally i cannot see it being anything other than a Premier Sports, scale channel.
That said he has made good on nearly every one of his racing predictions (still waiting for his stated intention of winning all 6/7 races in a day at Chester (going through the card) with horses he owns like he said he intends to do one day.
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