Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Letter to the Chairman of the Committee from Mr John Busby


  By the time a football stadium is built, the exhaustion of all but Middle East oil reserves will mean that transport to the games by car or bus will be prohibitively expensive or restricted by fuel rationing and priority allocation.

  What would serve football best is a well-lit pitch equipped with state-of-the art audiovisual services, ie good TV cameras and commentator boxes. The existing Wembley Stadium would suffice, but with the current spectator seating removed.

  Inter-active TB would provide an opportunity for participation if microphones transmitted audience reactions to be synthesised for loudspeakers borrowed from pop-concerts.

  This would have the advantage of preventing football hooliganism (except in the sitting room, when TV' could be destroyed in anger).

21 May 2002

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