Wednesday, November 14, 2007

We're greedy; we're stupid; we don't care

This ongoing spat between Cricket Australia and photo agencies (followed by the BCCI's idiotic comments that they'll follow suit) is merely the latest depressing reminder of how much I despise everything about cricket other than what happens on the field. Why cricket administrators feel the need to periodically remind us that they're a bunch of greedy, incompetent, blowhards is beyond me. But from a larger perspective this spat is no surprise. Cricket's managers don't understand very much about the fans, or the larger economy within which the game is staged. They don't get one simple fact: you pay advertisers to advertise your game, not the other way around. And they forget that cricket photographs make the game memorable; that they help keep the game alive, popularize it, and bring in more revenues from things like television. But what do the cricket managers care? Heads and wallets up their arses, they ride on their corporate donkeys towards the sunset, fattening up, and headed for the kill - of the game.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Ottayan said...

Sumit,

The papers and the magazines sell a lot more when they feature cricket.

2:01 AM  
Blogger Straight Point said...

this is another classic case of jumping to anything which brings money even at the cost of the very thing which has brought you this far to be in this position...

the 'quickness' of support is also very alarming from the board who even after months have passed...says whats the hurry to appoint a coach...

disgusting very disgusting...

5:01 AM  
Blogger Uncle J rod said...

muppets

7:29 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Ottayan: I Agree but cricket has become memorable in our minds because of the many, many wonderful photographs taken of the game that turn small moments into iconic memories. The games managers should be thankful for this. Not greedy and grasping.

Muppets indeed.

10:09 AM  

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