Has Opinion Punditry Lost Its Colour in front of Fan TV/Website?

Arsenal Fan TV
Arsenal Fan TV founder Robbie Lyle asking a question with a passionate fan DT at the Emirates Stadium
Well we all know about the emergence of football club fan TVs. Basically, a fan TV channel is defined as one in which the fans of clubs are entitled to their opinions pre or post match. This enables the general hierarchy of football to understand the state of fans better. It also helps in witnessing how and what a particular set of fans want from a football club and are they getting that or not. We will discuss as to why this has overshadowed the opinion punditry from ex-players and managers.

The opinion punditry, on the other hand, has come under a bit of a shadow with all these fan channels running. The ex-players stating their opinions in various TV channels is being viewed less as compared to the voices of fans in YouTube channels. It is a cliche that tactical or analytical punditry has more weight and interest collating to the opinion punditry.

The Redmen TV, Fan TV
Chris Pajak and Paul Machin, the front-runner hosts in the Redmen TV

Opinion Punditry v Fan TV: –

The fan TV channels on YouTube has been in large number these days. We know the famous ones namely The Redmen TV, Arsenal Fan TV, CFC Fan TV, etc. The other clubs have also started to put in these voices on YouTube generally. But, their significance is now being realised all over the football world. The Redmen TV has more than 200K subscribers, Arsenal Fan TV has 600K+ subscribers. This just goes to show how much, a general public are aligned in favour of knowing what the immediate reactions are from the core fans of a particular club.

On the flip side, some of the opinion punditry shows has lost its shine in a sense that people are more equipped with social media. So, they are able to read articles while on way in train or bus or anywhere in their garden or in a relaxing place. They are able to view the main facets of the news via social websites, mainly Twitter. Hence, switching a TV and turning to Sky Sports for watching an opinion debate (for example) might be less on agenda as compared to watching Fan TVs post or pre match anywhere they want.

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Examples and contrast: –

Just for an instance, a week ago, former Premier League player Danny Murphy was asked about Naby Keita’s arrival (now or in summer to Liverpool). The former Reds player was very skeptical about the Guinean’s possible impact coming to Anfield. But, in contrast, we have few fan websites including the Anfield Index, This is Anfield who have done enough scouting on the player displaying him as one of Europe’s hottest property. This is where we think whether opinions just for the sake of it has a meaning or not. Obviously, the ex-players won’t do the scouting, stats analysis on a player when they are coming into a TV show.

Even the Redmen TV covered a section on Keita and his possible impacts. People are now more inclined to listen and read their analysis rather than sticking their ears on what Murphy thinks. One other example came about two days ago when beIN Sports panelists were very concentrated on proving Roberto Firmino’s goal against Manchester City a foul rather than talking about a wonderful, breathtaking game which just took place.

Ofcourse, this is their job to analyse all minute things, yet talking about an instant which was not even discussed by Pep Guardiola is a bit silly considering the fact that the game had enough other talking points. It was a 50-50 challenge and not a blatant mistake from the referee, we have witnessed worse than that. On the other hand, fan TVs of both clubs had contrasting emotions and the analysis of the game in the Monday Night Football was more keenly watched.

Tactical Punditry Acceptable in all: –

If we look at the big picture, tactical punditry is of higher significance among all. The likes of Monday Night Football, BBC Match of the Day analysing games in depth always attracts fans. This is the best way a punditry can be done rather giving opinions when people are not interested in watching just after a match or an hour before kick-off. The tactical side of things is always intriguing and people are interested as to how their team won or lose a game.

Conclusion: –

The one thing is clear – as to what football fans’ go to things are at the current stage of the modern day game. The quick way of reading things and wanting to know what people make of a game opinion wise is bossing over the ex-players’ opinions after or before a game. The likes of Redmen TV, Arsenal Fan TV, etc must get the credit they deserve to start this trend and making people state their opinions just coming out of the stadium or before entering it. This is a good way, if the higher hierarchy of the clubs, can see how the reaction has been to a particular decision made by them or something related to the game.

Obviously, this does not completely finishes the trend of opinion punditry, but something tactical from pundits would be more preferable. They are the ones who have been there and done it on the pitch, so rather than giving opinions and debating on topics, giving people what they want would be more good for certain TRPs.


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