Friday, March 06, 2015


Late Kick Offs Upset Everyone

The decision by Indonesia Super League to schedule a number of matches at 9pm, to cater to TV companies requests, has not gone down with many clubs.

Quite right to. Nonsense time to start a game and 11pm is an even more nonsense time to end one and it is hardly likely to encourage fans who have commitments the following morning.

But spare a thought for clubs like Persiba, PSM and Pusamania. The 9pm kick off refers to Jakarta time. Clubs in other timezones must fit in with Jakarta time so PSM could be kicking off football matches at 10pm and finishing at midnight! And Persipura? A 1 am finish is on the cards just to cater to the TV audience on Java and Sumatra.

Games in Malaysia have long kicked off at 8.45pm but traditionally in Indonesia kick offs have been a more fan friendly 3.30 pm or 7.30 pm.

He who pays the piper calls the tune and all that but how much are the clubs actually receiving from the TV stations?

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