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Steve201
post Jul 20 2019, 01:07 PM
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Just listening to the third round of the Open here on 5 live and rte radio and it frustrated me surely the Open should be free to air like Wimbledon last weekend?

What events should be and should they enforce it?
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post Jul 20 2019, 03:35 PM
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These:

Wimbledon
The Open
All national team football matches
All national team rugby matches
FA Cup Final
Grand National
The Derby
Cheltenham Festival
Royal Ascot
Live England Cricket
Rugby World Cup
Women's Rugby World Cup
British and Irish Lions Tour
Six Nations
Summer/Winter Olympics
Summer/Winter Paralympics
British Grand Prix
Rugby League Challenge Cup Final
FIFA World Cup
FIFA Women's World Cup
European Football Championship
Women's Euros
Champions League Final
Europa League Final
PDC World Darts Championship
World Athletics Championship
London Marathon
World Snooker Championship
The Masters Golf
Ryder Cup
Commonwealth Games
The Boat Race
Cricket World Cup Final
Tour de France
Tour of Britain
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post Jul 20 2019, 04:34 PM
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Channel 4 were given the cricket World Cup final by Sky last week and what did they do? They shoved about four hours of it onto More4. I don't think any of the main five free channels want to show anything that lasts more than a couple of hours. BBC are making lots of cutbacks so they can't afford to show the golf open. They've still been showing the athletics on BBC1 and the netball on BBC2 this afternoon so I don't know where they would have put it if they had it. Unfortunately over the last 20 years,sport has become money obsessed with huge wages and large amounts of prize money so the days of all the major events being free to air are over.
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post Jul 20 2019, 06:50 PM
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Far too much money involved in sport rights now.
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post Jul 21 2019, 12:49 PM
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Something like happened last weekend with the World Cup final in cricket could be arranged where the big companies could show all the stages before and then it could be shared with BBC/itv.

Don't think the Masters should be free to air but certainly the Open as it's traditional to this country for example.
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