Disadvantages of Resuming the Current Serie A Season

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Last week, I wrote an article on the advantages of resuming the current Serie A season. This week will be the polar opposite. This article will be on the disadvantages of resuming the current Serie A season. So sit back, grab a chair, and get the popcorn ready. This should be a good one!

 

FIRST DISADVANTAGE: HEALTH AND SAFETY RISKS

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Group training is officially allowed to happen this week! However, there are many risks of contracting COVID-19. What is even more concerning is that the Italian Government changed the rules a little bit. If a player/staff member tests positive for the virus, only those individual people who test positive will be quarantined. That’s definitely controversial. When this season first got postponed, it was because Daniele Rugani tested positive for COVID-19. Initially, it was only him that tested positive. After that of course, other players tested positive for the virus. It should be the same protocol to resume the season. Unfortunately, it won’t be and now there’s a real risk of an outbreak of COVID-19 among the players and staff, which would definitely cancel the current season. It’s something that will have to be discussed among the FIGC and the Italian Government.

 

SECOND DISADVANTAGE: THE OPTICS OF IT MAY LOOK BAD

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One thing that should be considered is that there are still countries around the world where people are quarantined. It may lift people’s spirits to resume the season, but it could also cause anger and bring people down. It may not look good to some fans around the world that they’re in quarantine, while players can do their jobs and get paid the majority, if not all of their yearly salaries. People who are currently not bringing in a lot of income and are fully quarantined, may not see this in a good way. Also, the fact that the games will be played behind closed doors, may rub some fans the wrong way. However, to be fair, we don’t know when fans will ab able to fill up stadiums again, so it’s tough to cancel matches because of that.

 

THIRD DISADVANTAGE: THE PLAYERS WOULD BE MORE FATIGUED 

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Professional Calcio players are definitely in top shape. However, if the current season fully resumes, the matches will definitely be condensed.  Also, unless the start of the next season isn’t delayed by a couple of months, it would most likely cause more injuries among the players as well as fatigue. That would definitely be tough on everyone from the players to the coaching and medical staff. That may make resuming the season not worth it. The only good thing is that FIFA has permitted the use of five substitutes for a match. Here is the rule, for reference. That may help, but condensing the season would definitely impact the next season as well.

Whichever side you’re on in this debate, we can all agree that this is an unprecedented time and hopefully, soon enough fans are allowed to go to stadiums. Thank you for reading this article on the disadvantages of resuming the current Serie A season. Let me know in the comments section as well what your stance on resuming the current season is!

 

 

 

Advantages of Resuming the Current Serie A Season

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Earlier this week, Serie A clubs voted to resume the current season on June 13th. Pending, Italian Government approval, of course! So, I’ve decided to write an article on the advantages of resuming the current Serie A Season. Sometime, within the next week, I will write an article on the disadvantages of resuming the current Serie A season. So, stay tuned! Also, I wrote another relevant to this topic. It was about reasons for and against resuming the current season.  Anyways, here we go! 

 

First Advantage: It’s Something to Look Forward to For Fans 

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For some time, Serie A matches will be played behind closed doors. This would include the current season if it resumes. However, I’m sure fans would be glued to their television every weekend supporting their team. There are a lot of risks to resuming the current season. However, one advantage will be that’ll lift the spirits of Calcio fans around the world. For some, resuming the season would be like opening a birthday present. Also, from the amount of stuff that fans gone through over these past several months, it should provide them with some sense of normality. Although, it may not happen for months. It would definitely help fans, immensely! 

 

Second Advantage: Recovering Some of the Lost Revenue 

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According to The Telegraph, if Serie A cancels the current season, they’d lose 15-20% of the TV money that would be made if the full season was cancelled. According to The Telegraph, the amount they’d lose would be approximately 230 Million Pounds or 257.6 Million Euros. That loss of revenue is immense. Also, in the article, it’s pointed out that there’s a pandemic clause in the TV Deal, whereby even if the rest of the games are played behind closed doors, they will still receive the full TV deal fee. That’s huge for several reasons. One, it will give clubs more room to spend on stuff such as merchandising, marketing, player wages, transfer fees and may even help them to not be overwhelmed by operational costs for other employees and stadium maintenance costs. Clubs probably wouldn’t make all their revenue from the season back, but recovering some of the revenue by resuming the campaign would help.                 

 

Third Advantage: Broadcasters Would Benefit

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Normal fans may not see this as an advantage, but it is. If the season doesn’t resume, Serie A broadcasters would most likely lose tons of advertising revenue. Advertisers pay broadcasters to advertise their company during their programs. If a program such as Serie A is cancelled for the season, companies’ ads wouldn’t happen at different parts during, before and after the match because there’s no audience and no reach to promote their products/services. Therefore, broadcasters would lose a ton of ad revenue just on broadcasting Serie A, alone. In the future, that may hinder those broadcasters from airing matches because it wouldn’t be worth it for the costs they pay to show games. If the current campaign resumes, broadcasters would make some of the advertising revenue they lost back and in the future, they may feel it’s worth it to re-acquire the rights to broadcast Serie A. It might be a bit complicated to understand, but it would be an advantage for fans and broadcasters if the current Serie A season were to resume. 

 

Whether the current Serie A season resumes or not, remains to be seen. However, there are both advantages and disadvantages to resuming the season. However, this article is about the advantages of resuming the current Serie A season. Thank you for reading this article and let me know your thoughts on the advantages of resuming the current campaign.