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Over the years I have paid a Sky subscription at the end of january for sport, and then in autumn have stopped it at the end of the Super League season, on average my team Bradford Bulls have been featured 7-8 matches per season in line with most other clubs except league leaders who are usually featured more. This season Bulls have been only featured 3 times, I don't include M weekend where all clubs are featured. I would like to remind Sky I am a subscriber and irrespective of what club I follow 3 matches a season is hardly value for money.

I did think of stopping my subscription, but this only means I will not be able to watch any Super League at all and is only causing myself to be disappointed. Therefore I am writing to Sky to ask if they can explain the reasons why the downturn on Bulls matches. If the response is unsatisfactory I will report them to the Ombudsman on the grounds of discrimination. It would appear at present that they are discriminating against Bradford supporters who like myself are subscribers.

Incidentally, only three clubs have gone 8 weeks without an home fixture, and of course Bradford is one of those which for a side who is only paid half the Sky money makes things harder.

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Personally I'd rather my own club was only ever on Sky for away games, if at all.

Hate being on Sky for home games, does nothing but lower the crowd.

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Personally I'd rather my own club was only ever on Sky for away games, if at all.

Hate being on Sky for home games, does nothing but lower the crowd.

 

Whether it lowers the crowd or not is speculation, it highlights how low your crowds are though.

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Over the years I have paid a Sky subscription at the end of january for sport, and then in autumn have stopped it at the end of the Super League season, on average my team Bradford Bulls have been featured 7-8 matches per season in line with most other clubs except league leaders who are usually featured more. This season Bulls have been only featured 3 times, I don't include M weekend where all clubs are featured. I would like to remind Sky I am a subscriber and irrespective of what club I follow 3 matches a season is hardly value for money.

I did think of stopping my subscription, but this only means I will not be able to watch any Super League at all and is only causing myself to be disappointed. Therefore I am writing to Sky to ask if they can explain the reasons why the downturn on Bulls matches. If the response is unsatisfactory I will report them to the Ombudsman on the grounds of discrimination. It would appear at present that they are discriminating against Bradford supporters who like myself are subscribers.

Incidentally, only three clubs have gone 8 weeks without an home fixture, and of course Bradford is one of those which for a side who is only paid half the Sky money makes things harder.

Did Sky make a guarantee that they'd show a certain number of Bradford games? They can show whatever they want, you don't have to subscribe to their service and you'd have no case whatsoever if you went to the Ombudsman.

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I really feel for this guy, his club is only featuring 3 times this season. I guess Bradford are the reason why I have a sky subscription. But I think my own club has only been on twice in the last 15 years. But then again I do enjoy actually seeing all the matches in person, I somehow get the feeling I am more involved with the club I support.

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Welcome to the also ran clubs. I think SKY state that all teams will be on SKY for a minimum number of games.

 

For many seasons teams like Salford have reached that minimum and no more.

 

This season our 3  SKY games have all been home games against teams with poor floodlights. Maybe that is a factor in this era on modern square stadiums.

 

You need to adjust your view of the RL world now Bradford are just an average team unlikely to win a trophy until your rebuilding is complete. It's been this way for the rest of us for some years.

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hindle xiii will be along soon with 12 years worth of stats on this very subject

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I must explain, I live in South Wales, and when I was younger I used to drive at least once a month to Odsal, I am nearly eighty and long distance driving is not my forte, particularly as I still work on a number of days weekly

On my count Salford have appeared twice the number of times as the Bulls this season, and if Sky were doing there job properly there would be an all round fairer representation of all clubs. In Wales the Beeb give a more equal coverage of the Welsh sides. It doesn't say much for sky's motto- we believe in better. Incidentally Sky do guarantee a minimum number of matches for clubs which they seem to have forgotten.

My argument is while most fans on here are thinking of local sides, we who live outside the rugby league world are given a second rate service.

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hindle xiii will be along soon with 12 years worth of stats on this very subject

6.

 

I didn't get that dull until 2008.

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Bulls need to do what Leigh and others have done http://www.leighcenturions.com/centurionstv/latest

 

I can listen to games live - home & away, and can watch all of the matches once they are uploaded, which is normally Wednesday, from a Sunday game 

 

Try contacting Sky with your concerns about their coverage if you're that way inclined. I seem to remember a period , when your team Bulls were never off, or so it seemed, so swings and roundabouts I think

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Trying to work out if this thread is satire or not...

 

Yes me too.  I was going to suggest that it doesn't sound like it's going to be a long term problem for the OP, but I thought better of it.

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Bulls need to do what Leigh and others have done http://www.leighcenturions.com/centurionstv/latest

 

I can listen to games live - home & away, and can watch all of the matches once they are uploaded, which is normally Wednesday, from a Sunday game 

Omar Khan mentioned to me at the last forum they were planning on doing something like it. I don't know whether the Leigh, Wigan or Hull KR ones are different but I spose it's somewhere along those lines.

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Not that anyone asked or cares, but I'm pretty sure Leeds are currently first with around 11 appearances on sky (including this Monday), London are last with 2. These include the Magic Weekend.

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I'm glad we aren't on TV often, we're frequently a bloody embarrassment when we are.

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Not that anyone asked or cares, but I'm pretty sure Leeds are currently first with around 11 appearances on sky (including this Monday), London are last with 2. These include the Magic Weekend.

 

that's just this season I presume - what's it like since 2008? Does is even out?

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I'm glad we aren't on TV often, we're frequently a bloody embarrassment when we are.

 

Yes, there's that too, as Ant said it doesn't help gates and if you've got a low crowd and play badly, as does seem to happen all too often, you also have the happy happy joy joy of the commentary team going on and on and on about it.

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I don't see what the problem is, I love it when Rovers are not on Sky - we usually lose anyway ;D

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that's just this season I presume - what's it like since 2008? Does is even out?

This is just so far this season, 11 times in 18 rounds (they weren't scheduled to feature in their other postponed game) to me does seem a little excessive.

 

And that info is at home. In my special nerd place.

 

(Or the last few threads are here until TRL stops)

 

But not really, the top clubs feature more, the biggest drop was Huddersfield in 2011 to 2012, I think 14 (top) to around 6.

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Have you posted on this subject before – seem to remember something similar coming up about this in relation to the Bulls a few months back now I think about it. Whilst as a fellow Bulls fan I have some sympathy for you, I have to say realistically you’re on a hiding to nothing. If you are paying to watch Rugby League on Sky then you are paying for Super League and nothing else. If I was in charge of Sky, looking at our remaining fixtures and current form I wouldn’t put us on TV again and I’m bias!!

 

I’ll say to you what I said to you (or someone with a very similar query) a few months back. If it concerns you that much, dump Sky because the SL deal is based to be beneficial for fans of the sport in general rather than the needs of any one specific team. Then, if/when the Bulls are next on Sky buy the Sky Sports online day pass for £10 – watch all Sky Sports channels for 24 hours. You’ll save a ton of money and even more heartache because we’ll be on twice more this season and that’s being massively generous.

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Trying to work out if this thread is satire or not...

 

 

Nothing to worry about. The Bulls coverage will balance out when we storm the playoffs and Grand final.

:D

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Salford have been on 3 times Hull KR, Cas and Wakefield plus Widnes at magic weekend.

 

SKY assume everyone wants to watch the top teams, where most fans want entertaining.

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This is just so far this season, 11 times in 18 rounds (they weren't scheduled to feature in their other postponed game) to me does seem a little excessive.

 

And that info is at home. In my special nerd place.

 

(Or the last few threads are here until TRL stops)

 

But not really, the top clubs feature more, the biggest drop was Huddersfield in 2011 to 2012, I think 14 (top) to around 6.

 so case proven, the more you're on the more likely your results will suffer 

 

Sky can keep showing Bulls every week for mine 

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I live in South Wales, and when I was younger I used to drive at least once a month to Odsal

 

Whereabouts are you from?

I'm originally from Garndiffaith.

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