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Last Updated: Sunday, 25 September 2005, 09:44 GMT 10:44 UK
Scudamore reveals concern over TV
Richard Scudamore
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore believes that the number of matches shown on television should not be increased beyond the current deal.

The Premiership has come under fire this season over a perceived lack of entertainment and falling attendances.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "I do not think there should be criticism of TV.

"It is the rocket fuel that sent the Premier League into the stratosphere - 106 games in the last deal was about right, 138 might be at the high end."

Scudamore also rejected suggestions that Premier League attendances are falling.

He added: "We're tracking at 33,300 for the season. We came out of October only at 33,080 last year. It's far too early with far too few games to make meaningful comparisons.

"In fact, we think attendances are holding up and indeed will be slightly up."

The Premier League chief executive gave a sceptical reaction to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's suggestion that an extra point for teams that win by three or more goals would lead to more attacking football.

"It's one for debate. My personal view is I don't like the idea.

"I think it's a little contrived and I think it's unlikely."

Two Premier League chairman - Bolton's Phil Gartside and Everton's Keith Wyness - criticised the media's coverage over the perceived lack of entertainment and the subject of attendances.

Gartside said: "The Premier League is still the best league in the world.

"The biggest problem we have got is that without a transfer system the press hasn't got anything to talk about. So they create stories. And the story this year is Premier League attendances.

"I think it has been manufactured.

Wyness added: "Richard Scudamore gave you the actual facts. If you want to look at the facts they do not bear out the scare stories that attendances are falling."

Interview: Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore


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