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BBC Complain About Pre-Season Tours–Global Warming, Don’t You Know!

August 3, 2022

By Paul Homewood

h/t Ian Magness


Precisely what has this got to do with the BBC?




The Premier League’s unrivalled global appeal has seen sold-out stadiums across the world this summer – with fans spread across various continents getting to see their heroes in real life.

After two years of Covid-restricted travel, most clubs in the English top flight chose to play matches overseas on money-spinning tours, while some opted for more low-key training camps abroad.

But after calls for sport to use the pandemic as a chance to reset around its role in climate impact, the return to vast amounts of plane travel has raised questions on the cost to the environment.

  1. HotScot permalink
    August 3, 2022 9:26 am

    The ladies have just won the Euro’s dontchaknow so anything even tenuously related to football is newsworthy.

    Didn’t watch it myself. I find woman’s football, rugby, hockey etc. slow and boring. They are welcome to do what they want to do, just don’t expect all of us to be entertained.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      August 3, 2022 10:06 am

      Sorry, HotScot, I used to think like you, but at national level it’s (as they say) a whole different ball-game – and thoroughly enjoyable.

      • bobn permalink
        August 3, 2022 10:13 am

        Agree. Top level women’s sport is often better to watch than mens. Mens games can boring. In Tennis if a top man has his first serve going then there are few rallies and it can be dull. Womans sport is often more open, a bit like college games can be more fun to watch than over-trained professionals. Bring back the amateurs.

      • August 3, 2022 11:02 am

        The wonder of different opinions based clearly on different criteria. I tend to side with Hotscots view. Speed and skill levels are just not their (yet?). Plodding it certainly is, as if they are wearing diving boots. Like watching paint dry is a pretty good analogy. Probably going to get cancelled now 🙂

      • Phoenix44 permalink
        August 3, 2022 11:30 am

        Women’s football is a very poor imitation of the men’s game. There’s a lack of basic skills in many players. It’s non-league level at best. And I cant stand the adoption of all the mindless stuff from the Men’s game, particularly in commentary. Women’s cricket isn’t bad but the fielding is quite dreadful. The real problem is though that there’s essentially about half a decent team in every international team. The rest are make-weights. Now tennis is different because the women by and large aren’t simply trying to copy the Men. There’s room for different styles and approaches to the game which makes it more interesting and much less dependent on physicality and thus more competitive.

    • 2hmp permalink
      August 3, 2022 10:40 am

      The only sport I enjoy watching is team sports excluding soccer which is loutish.. Tennis,Golf, etc are just boring and populated by spoilt contestants. Team sports are a different matter.

      • August 4, 2022 12:20 am

        I quit watching all professional team sports in the 1980s; no interest in overpaid pseudo competition that is unlike personal competition that pits individual humans against other humans. My family, however, insisted on watching the Superbowl every year until the NFL went mindlessly woke a few years ago. Blessedly, I don’t have to put up with that annual mindless hype.

    • Mad Mike permalink
      August 3, 2022 11:27 am

      Like Harry, I used to find woman’s football lacking in skills etc but this national team, along with other countries’, was skilful and positive. They could show our men’s team a thing or two about attacking football. Southgate’s guys would do well to watch the ladies attacking ethos instead of instinctively passed across field or backward as their default.

      As for the BBC’s comments, it only highlights their political bias and selective journalism although I use the word generously.

      • cookers52 permalink
        August 3, 2022 12:14 pm

        Comments are suggesting men and women are different.
        You are not allowed to say that, I am reporting you to the LGBT + thought police.
        Meanwhile I am identifying as Klingon, they are sure to win the Wimbledon league Cup!

      • dave permalink
        August 3, 2022 1:12 pm

        The droning, dreary, dreadful, “professional commentators” on TV ruin EVERY sport for me. There are only two things one can say about the entirely unintellectual thing that is sport, “Oh my!” and “He didn’t want to do that!” And, God!, they say it and say it and say it; and then wait for the replays – to say it again. Meanwhile the actual players spend more and more of their time preparing to do something, and less and less time actually performing.

  2. Andrew JOHNSON permalink
    August 3, 2022 9:34 am

    What sad bastards that The Graudian employ, if all they can find to be offended about is the flying that the EPL did to travel to visit some of their global supporters.
    Time you lot pack up.

    • Old Grumpy permalink
      August 3, 2022 10:19 am

      I hate to be pedantic, but shouldn’t that be Grauniad?

      • Devoncamel permalink
        August 3, 2022 12:31 pm

        Or Raudaing…

  3. John Croxton permalink
    August 3, 2022 9:48 am

    The BIG BROTHER Corporation may be nearly 40 years late but they have DEFINITELY ARRIVED! Have they calculated & published similar figures for Sir David A and all his support staff travelling worldwide for the past fifty years!

    John Croxton

    Sent from my iPad


    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      August 3, 2022 1:46 pm

      What about their environment experts who seem to be able to jet off round the world for any story with just of a hint of the so called climate emergency in it?

      • Dr Ken Pollock permalink
        August 3, 2022 2:20 pm

        Note that the four environmental experts do not have a single science degree among them – Harrabin, McGrath, Shukman and Rowlatt. Strange – it’s the sort of subject where one might have expected some specialist understanding…

  4. August 3, 2022 10:00 am

    The BBC’s hypocritical attitude to travel to “…. see their heroes in real life” cannot be better summed-up than:

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      August 3, 2022 11:32 am

      And you can bet there will be plenty of BBC staff at the World Cup later this year.

  5. Mark Hodgson permalink
    August 3, 2022 10:02 am

    The BBC is utterly hypocritical about this. Sport rules the roost, along with obsessing about climate change. If they are as concerned as they claim to be, they would be campaigning (they do, after all, spend a lot of time campaigning) against all international sports events. Given the BBC position on global warming, things like Olympic games, Commonwealth games, World Cup football, test matches etc ad nauseam should be beyond the the pale. Instead they represent a large part of BBC output, a lot of BBC “stars” make a lot of money out of it, and during the summer it seems to be all we hear about.

    Compared to that, pre-season football games are a drop in the ocean.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      August 3, 2022 11:34 am

      Yes, I said that recently about the Commonwealth Games – it’s all pretty second-rate yet we have people flying in from literally all around the world to compete. Yet the BBC coverage is breathlessly excited, presumably because they have TV rights. Why isn;t the BBC calling for the Games to be abolished?

    • Mike Jackson permalink
      August 3, 2022 3:56 pm

      The BBC has abandoned sport as such — this Euro tournament being an exception.
      Rugby has gone apart from a sharing arrangement with ITV for the 6N and who knows how long that will last. Cricket ‘highlights’ are anything but — in one-hour programme you are lucky to get 50 minutes and the Beeb’s idea of a highlight this summer seems to have been repeated discussions about the ball going out of shape!
      The Commonwealth games coverage is somewhat uninspiring as well.
      All we’re left with is tennis for which they clear the schedules for two weeks every summer.

      • mjr permalink
        August 3, 2022 4:54 pm

        you cannot say that BBC has abandoned sport as they have currently cleared the schedules for the commonwealth games ( or what i call the UK v australia multi sport ashes) . I agree it is uninspiring and whilst i applaud the fact that they participate, i am not sure that 3 a-side disabled basketball for example is going to top anyones lists of “must watch” tv.

  6. bobn permalink
    August 3, 2022 10:23 am

    Yes. Why does the BBC fly its reporters constantly all over the world, rather than just take the reports of local reporters who have far more intimate knowledge of events. Simple – the BBC needs to get its bias in which wont happen with honest local reporters. When there were the tragic shootings in NZ, BBC Clive jetted in. So NZ doesnt have its own competent reporters whose output could be used? BBHC – Bigoted, biased,Hypocritical C—-.
    But im glad i dont pay a license fee. Stopped 4yrs ago and I still get letters occasionally threatening to visit. They havent of course but I wish they would – what an enjoyable rant i would have!
    Just stop paying them – it’ll make you feel better that you are doing something to improve the world.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 3, 2022 11:22 am

      You could also wonder why they send so many people to some of these events where one or two reporters could cover all output. And don’t even start of the liberal-wankerati fest of Glastonbury where they get very shirty if you ask if they send more people than there are performers….

      • Ray Sanders permalink
        August 3, 2022 1:25 pm

        A few years back there was a famous traveller encampment eviction that the BBC majored its news coverage on. It was noted at the time that there were more BBC staff monitoring the eviction than actual number of those being evicted.

    • EPC1948 Rh permalink
      August 3, 2022 1:02 pm

      Agree absolutely…. Hypocrisy is now the keyword for the 21st century in anything connected with climate change.

  7. Malcolm permalink
    August 3, 2022 10:38 am

    The BBC is lost Paul. Totally lost…..

  8. Martin Brumby permalink
    August 3, 2022 10:38 am

    To each his own.

    I don’t care two hoots about seeing 22 men, women or anything in between, running around agitating a pig’s bladder.

    Or any other ‘sport’.

    Bread and circuses.

    But that’s just me and I’m delighted that others enjoy it all.

    But if the BBC really believed all this, you’d see as much sport on the telly as you do about muslim rape gangs, illegal immigrants, unseasonal cold weather, the bureaucratic idiocy of the EU and anything else they prefer to keep quiet about.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      August 3, 2022 11:19 am

      The use of ‘pig’s bladder’ demeans your post since you must be fully aware that the footballs used are no such thing.

      • Martin Brumby permalink
        August 3, 2022 11:50 am

        “Football” demeans itself in countless ways, with no help from me.

        Do you honestly imagine I care a fiddler’s fart what modern footballs are made from?

      • dave permalink
        August 3, 2022 1:32 pm

        “…demeans itself…”

        Sid James coaching during a ‘friendly’ football game:

        ” Kick him ! ”


        ” Wait ’till he’s got the ball !! “

  9. Wodge. permalink
    August 3, 2022 11:03 am

    If you look under the headline you will see that it took three people to write that load of tosh.
    You can bet they are not on minimum wage although they should be.

  10. Dick Lowe permalink
    August 3, 2022 11:03 am

    One might ask why do the BBC send reporters to stand outside empty football grounds or offices or across the road from No 10 when there is no chance of an interview. Why send so many people to international events ? Strikes me as the kettle calling the pot black!

  11. Gamecock permalink
    August 3, 2022 11:23 am

    They want to take our circuses. And our bread.

    ‘the return to vast amounts of plane travel has raised questions among twitter losers and BBC journalists on the cost to the environment’

    Fixed it.

  12. Phoenix44 permalink
    August 3, 2022 11:26 am

    “But after calls for sport to use the pandemic as a chance to reset around its role in climate impact…”

    Calls from whom? Once again the BB present the views of nutty extremists as mainstream.

  13. August 3, 2022 12:21 pm

    When’s the BBC climate miserablist team’s next trip to the polar regions? Cancelled perhaps?

    • dave permalink
      August 3, 2022 1:25 pm

      Yes, what has happened to the traditional ‘Ships of Fools,’ sailing each August to bob around at the North Pole? Which everyone knows is possible, because all the ice melted so long ago.

      • Mike Jackson permalink
        August 3, 2022 4:03 pm

        Ah well, there you have it, Dave. There are only so many times you can get trapped in ice that isn’t there before people start to notice. Even stupid people like politicians and eco-campfollowers!

  14. Devoncamel permalink
    August 3, 2022 12:27 pm

    Since CO2 levels didn’t drop during the massive shut down of all things flying ( am I right Paul?), what possible impact can this make on the climate? Sweet Fanny Adams.

  15. Dr Ken Pollock permalink
    August 3, 2022 12:47 pm

    As a BBC pensioner, I need to be moderate, but I was amused that the BBC moved its whole “sport” operation to Manchester (Salford) just before the Olympics were held in ??? London! Bet that increased the travel costs…
    Now when the news hands over to “sport”, it means a transmission from Salford, so that base has to be up and running just for 2′ of sports headlines. I am sure it all makes sense.
    Like buying White City for £34m a couple of years after it was originally sold for about £3m…
    Still it is only our licence fee that pays for it all!

  16. catweazle666 permalink
    August 3, 2022 1:33 pm

    I wonder how many air miles an Attenborough series adds to the grand total…

  17. JohnM permalink
    August 3, 2022 3:56 pm

    I will believe in net zero when ALL football is banned, together with the BBC

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