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Old May 26th, 2010, 07:05 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by parcdesprinces View Post
Actually, according to Platini, this decision was taken first for the fans .. since it's easier to follow your team on week ends rather than a wednesday, especially if you want to take your kids with you !
Of course he said that and that's part of it but the final has never had a problem getting enough traveling fans even in midweek. TV money drives this tournament more than anything else. That's why the round of 16 is now played over 4 weeks instead of 2 and that's why the Euro was expanded to 24 teams. These decisions are cloaked as being for the good of the game bla bla bla but you need to be really naive to believe that. UEFA's just trying to create as much value as possible for broadcasters around the world to maximize TV revenue.
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