Posted by: The Prince of Whales | February 3, 2011

A great month of sport


JPR ... the inspiration for the Gaffer's sideburns



February looks like a fantastic time to get down to The Prince and watch a whole series of great sporting occasions.

We kick off tomorrow night ((Friday) with the awesome spectacle of Wales v England in the Six Nations Rugby. Screened in the front bar and outside in the Marquee, there will be no better place to watch the action (well apart from Cardiff). We have even put my favourite Welsh beer on to celebrate – Brain’s Reverend James … well one Welsh amongst nine English ales isn’t so bad and it is a cracking beer.

We will be staying with the rugby and covering every Six Nations match in February and March

Football is getting better and better at The Prince (a bit like the Villa’s season) and Blues fans will be pleased to here we intend to recreate the atmosphere of the World Cup for their once in a lifetime trip to Wembley at the end of the month. Meanwhile we will be showing every Villa and Blues Premiership game, including the 3pm Saturday games (when the games clash, we show the away game). We will also show as many Baggies and Wolves matches as possible.

We wish we could show more … cricket for example and the football that’s exclusive to Sky. Over the last few years Sky has had a monopoly on many televised sports,  forcing pubs to pay massive amounts to bring customers key sporting events. The Prince, like many other pubs can’t afford Sky’s fees (over £1600 per month for the Prince) and we screen sports using another EU system ( a decoder card sold in another member state of the EU). This makes it affordable.

Sky has been trying to stop this for years and has taken many pubs to court. Today, a test case that spent 4 years making its way to the European Court came out with a result that backs the pubs.  According to the judge, Sky and the Premier League have been riding roughshod over the priciples of the common market by selling broadcast rights to specific territories within the EU. Pubs 1: Sky 0.

To quote our favourite all time Englishman …

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Sky will carry on trying to protect its massively overpriced offering to pubs.

So perhaps a better score line  might be Murdoch 0: British pub going sports fans 1. But its only half time and this tie is decided over two legs.




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