SteveW wrote:Not dictate, just if you don't work with them they won't give you the money you would have got if you did.
Don't see any problem - you want their cash, follow their rules.
They're also fining them 42,000 aren't they?
One thing that is definitely true is that it is THEIR tournament. UEFA have been very successful at branding it. It's not the Champions League, but the UEFA Champions League. It belongs to them. A modest governing body would see themselves as just that, but UEFA (and FIFA) are sports entertainment franchises. And as such they are in direct competition with Liverpool vs Bolton in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, so the competition has to yield.
One thing they probably don't give a fuck about is the time zone difference. Whilst the matches kick-off around 9pm in central Europe, that's only 8pm in the UK, which doesn't leave a lot of time to squeeze a match in between the end of work for most people and the start of the UEFA Media Blackout. (It also means that teams out in the depths of Russia have to play their matches in the middle of the night - with or without public transport home from the match for the fans.)