OPINION: A national disaster in the making
Many international players want to be paid on time at a time when First League clubs, run by frivolous businessmen who use their clubs for personal fame are bankrupt, with over TL10 bn of debt been reschedule thanks to the grace of....Yes, you guessed it President Erdogan. Without beIN revenues, they are up the proverbial manure creek, without shin protectors
Turkey’s courageous and combative President Erdogan boldly states “United, we are stronger than any virus”, which is true, given Turks startling capacity of pulling miracles from the jaws of abject humiliation, such as the War of Independence, the amazing success of the woman’s volleyball team and the mere fact that DESPITE President Erdogan, the economy is still more of less functional. The Covid-19 outbreak will take a huge toll on the economy, but so what. Erdogan already found the solution: A nationwide voluntary-mandatory donation drive marketed under the catch phrase “We are enough for each other”, a concealed jab to those mouthpieces of the International Interest Rate Lobby, who demand an IMF stand-by.
Turkey does not need IMF, thanks to $250 mn collected in the said national donation drive, voluntary for opposition voters but mandatory for any business who benefited from AKP’s largesse in handing out plum state tenders, and civil servants who happen to be the relative of some AKP honcho.
Erdogan’s brain-team, arguably only second to those geniuses surrounding the likes of Trump and Bolsanaro, also came up with the idea of Turkish Post distributing 23 million packages of face masks and eau-de-cologne, used as hand sanitizer, shaving lotion, perfume and at times in surgery as disinfectant to households. Turkish Post has only 20K carriers. Fortunately, eau-de-cologne because of its 90 percent alcohol content doesn’t spoil, even if it is delivered long after corona becomes history.
In short, Erdogan in his infinite wisdom and boundless energy and resourcefulness appeared to be winning the twin war against the coivd-19 outbreak and the economic slump caused by it. Until yesterday. The, catastrophe struck.
According to Advanced Television website, beIN, the monopoly broadcaster, is reportedly freezing payments for Turkey’s first division football games that have been suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
Bloomberg reports that the Qatari broadcaster sent a letter to Turkey’s Football Federation saying it didn’t make approximately $30 million of payments that were due since the games were postponed last month.
beIN has already paid 75 per cent of the $500 million it owes for the current season, but the balance will remain on hold until there is more clarity on when matches will resume. Representatives for beIN and Turkish football authorities have thus far declined to comment.
This week beIN said it will allow subscribers to defer payments for the next two months and get some other entertainment services for free.
Many international players want to be paid on time at a time when First League clubs, run by frivolous businessmen who use their clubs for personal fame are bankrupt, with over TL10 bn of debt been reschedule thanks to the grace of….Yes, you guessed it President Erdogan. Without beIN revenues, they are up the proverbial manure creek, without shin protectors. A national bail-out is out of question, because, well, the Treasury has no money left.
Now, the people of Anatolia can put up with a lot ranging from invasion by infidels, to the incessant scheming of beady-eyed International Interest Rate Lobby, to UFOs frequenting Cappadocia to anally probe hapless locals, but the collapse of the football business is a disaster of Biblical proportions.
I predict mass nervous breakdowns, broadening civil disobedience to authority and finally a total collapse of the social order as we know it. Some will survive by adopting to watching bas-ket-ball, a game played by 10 Afro-American players who have Turkish names like LeBron Muhammed Mc Gerkill. A tiny minority will make the switch to exercise and meditation, but the Great Turkish culture, which has endured the invasion of two Mongolian Hordes is basically finished. Shame on you beIN. We built military bases in your darned country to defend your sheikh’s tushy against the Arab World.
By Damien H. Grande, proud subscriber to rival satellite station broadcasting basketball
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