As expected, Seven have caved in -
http://news.realfooty.com.au/seven-back ... 4-x6c.html
The reporter in the gun, Dylan Howard, has also just been sacked from his radio gig on 3AW following an unrelated article on the AFL he wrote in the 'Geelong Addie' (another gig on shaky grounds) which 3AW management accused him of lieing (similar to last weeks The Footy Show).
Meanwhile, the public has spoken about ch7's footy coverage. In this case, I think the survey doesn't lie in its judgement. It's just stating the obvious -
Nine is still the one
03 September 2007 Herald Sun
FOOTBALL coverage has gone backwards in the hands of Channel 7, according to armchair experts. In a stinging blow for the new AFL rights holder, 66 per cent of fans said footy games made better viewing on Channel 9 than Seven.
The Herald Sun Footy Fans Survey revealed the majority of followers thought the current coverage was not up to previous standards. Channel 7 was supported by 10 per cent of those surveyed
, while 24 per cent thought the quality was the same.
Collingwood fans, ever loyal to club president and Nine star Eddie McGuire,
were the most critical of Seven's foray back into AFL action. Some 80 per cent of Magpie fans believe footy followers are worse off watching Seven.
The best support for Seven came from the north, with 18 per cent of Brisbane fans glad the switch was made. However the majority said long commercial breaks, poor camera angles and boring commentary put Seven well behind last year's standards. (ed - I'd add in the lack of crowd sound affect mikes - all we here are the friggin umps yapping on)
The survey also showed:
SEVENTY-six per cent of viewers want to see the countdown clock on TV, but 60 per cent are opposed to seeing it at AFL grounds.
THREE-quarters of fans said they would still go to watch their team play if the game were being televised live.
SATURDAY afternoon is still the preferred time to go to the footy, with 53 per cent favouring the traditional slot.
FIFTY-one per cent of fans watch at least three games of footy on TV each week.
IN a sign of the times, 76 per cent of fans use websites to gain information on the AFL or their clubs, but only 20 per cent use online forums to discuss footy issues.
Bruce Walker described Seven's footy coverage as "dreadful". "There's too many ads after goals. Not only is it bad on the TV but you go to a game and you're waiting for ages while they cram seven ads in," Mr Walker said. "(Bruce) McAvaney is past it and (Dennis) Cometti isn't as good because he doesn't have the support." (ed - The support cast of the Ox and Mercs are just crap)