I was having a quick flick through to see what matches were being shown on Sky Sports last night and, much to my relief, there were only two – both in the Copa del Rey. Should I have picked to watch the coverage from start (18:55) to finish (23:00), it would have taken up just over four hours of my time… on a Thursday. That got me thinking – “why is there football on TV on a bloody Thursday?”
Now don’t get me wrong, I quite like football if you haven’t noticed yet. That’s why I write about it, or play FIFA and Football Manager occasionally, or go out and play it for myself. And unless you’ve got horribly lost in the dark corners of the Internet, if you’re reading this then you probably do at least some of that stuff too. But surely I can’t be the only one who thinks it’s reached a point where the amount that’s on almost every single day is a bit overwhelming.
Not that anyone’s forcing all of us to watch it or anything. It’s nice having the choice, and I know that if I wanted to watch the Central Coast Mariners vs. Melbourne Victory match at 08:40 on BT this morning then I could have done just that – even without needing some dodgy, ad-filled stream on FirstRow / *insert dodgy, ad-filled streaming website of your choice here*. I didn’t want to watch it and I doubt I ever would (no offence to those two teams, of course) but, like, knowing it’s on is irritatingly tempting. Just for the reason that there’s football on and nothing more.
Then of course after that one there are some more games in the evening and a whole weekend packed full of it to look towards. A lunch-time kick-off or two, games galore during the day and evening, and then Match of the Day to top it all off. And just when you think it’s all over for a little while there’s some Monday Night Football with Carragher and Neville, and the Champions League, and the Europa League. Oh and then it’s suddenly the start of the weekend again. You get the point by now, I’m sure. It just never stops.
Even international breaks don’t offer a form of relief anymore. The new Week of Football concept that UEFA are trying means that, if anything, there’s even more during the so-called ‘break’ that you can actually watch in a row. That’s the whole point of its implementation I suppose, with more games being televised meaning that revenue streams are higher and that the lovely guys at the top of football’s brilliantly run organisations can feed their poor families for the week, but having some kind of day off once in a while would be nice.
Fortunately I don’t have the time to watch all of this football, and I’d be a bit worried if I did, but it takes almost no time of searching to find something which could be of at least some minor interest. The good thing about globalisation, technology and what-not is the sheer availability of anything from around the world in an instant and I’m sure I’d be among the first to complain if there wasn’t enough of it on. That isn’t the issue, however, and right now the novelty of having so much on is gradually wearing off. As that old saying says – maybe you can have too much of a good thing.