"It's a sad day for everyone involved in English cricket. Is it really that cricket is getting so greedy that everyone who wants to come and report on the game for the good of the game is going to have to be charged for it?"
|Aggers here with Boycs|
Not my quote, but that of Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew in 2001, after a row over broadcasting rights in Sri Lanka had forced him to report from the fort in Galle. However, this week the hatchet man of the Beeb's cricket broadcasting seems to have changed his stance on 'the good of the game' as the row between test Match Sofa and Test Match Special continues. His namesake Spiro may have been the hatchet man of the Nixon regime over subjects such as Vietnam, describing protestors an "un American", but the stance of the modern day Aggers, has been, in our opinion, "uncricketing".
From here we have to refer to them as Special and Sofa, as regular readers of this site will tell you the only TMS we know is The Middle Stump. The row seems to have its' origins when the greed of the BCCI demanded that Sky cough up half a million quid for rights, whilst the Beeb, reeling from scandals regarding other radio broadcasters from a previous era, cough up fifty thousand smackers, just to get be allowed to broadcast from games. This row was settled amicably yesterday as the BCCI have now allowed the boys from Special to commentate.
The lads from the Sofa, of whom we have been the guests of a couple of times, broadcast from a room whilst watching it on television. This seems to have irked the chaps from Special, most notably Christopher Martin Jenkins and Jonathan Agnew. CMJ wrote this week, "The thought of having to listen to the predators who purport to be producing commentaries from sofa or armchair without paying a penny to the
In response Andrew Miller, editor of the Cricketer was baffled by such a protectionist stance from CMJ, which is when Aggers jumped in, with the mature quote that he was never going to buy the Cricketer ever again! He has also blocked us on Twitter when we have tried to debate the points over recent days. Far be it for me of all people to describe somebody as immature, but this is a man who threw the kit of Phil De Freitas over the balcony once, because of Daffy putting salt on his food, causing a huge furore at Leicestershire.
Daniel Norcross of the Sofa seems also baffled, "Anyone who has seen the raw power of a gaggle of middle-aged, balding, fat men commentating on cricket in front of the telly in a windowless box, at all hours of the day and night to avoid engaging in the futility of their dwindling lives, will attest to that," he said.
|De Freitas...Aggers launched his kit over the balcony|
Right, I'm off to find Phil De Freitas.