Cricket South Africa, and Rugby South Africa, at risk of collapsing financially, and possibly permanently, if they do not apply some Enlightened Thinking;
Government, and many businesses, are first going to restore a sustainable business operating level, before they will be able to invest in elite sports.
TV Rights, will be under pressure, as their range of saleable products need to be reestablished, the number of subscriptions that will need to be cancelled, will need to be restored, to bring financial power.
With regard to Cricket South Africa, they have funds to pay all players, Proteas, Franchise, and I assume management, full pay till end of August, and then they will reassess their future.
This is stupid, and here I am not going to debate the options, only to say that throughout the world, sports bodies are giving consideration to the way forward, and cutting wages and salaries.
I have often quoted the reason for why Eskom must implement ‘load-shedding’, because, Eskom to go into Total Black-Out, no electricity available in the network, it will be impossible to restart. This ‘load-shedding’ takes place automatically, in most computerised networks, for the same reason.
The attitude that CSA will reassess, when they reach end August, is indicative of the belief that either the Government, the Sponsors, or the TV Rights, will come to their rescue, and I quote.
“So, at this stage we have enough capacity to see us through the next season. Post the season we’ll have to look at the longer-term impacts of Covid-19.”
Should the Corporate, or the Government, not have the ability to fund the Proteas and Franchise players, their skills will earn them money, in a larger Global attempt to re-lunch of the game at top level?
The South African Rugby Players Union, reportedly agreed to a wage cut, but the Officials Refused to, so the status quo continues.
The USA Rugby Union Company, has collapsed financially, and I am of the opinion, they will never recover.
When the war against Coronavirus is over, the Government, Corporate Sponsors, TV Broadcast Rights, will be presented with a cheaper investment option, through funding school sports in the Townships and Rural Villages, the number of spectators and TV followers, will exceed the numbers ‘before Coronavirus’.
The rules for playing the elite sports games, will be change drastically, one of the few positives caused in the war against Coronavirus.