HT Image
HT Image

Football is all about fun and ‘real’ entertainment

Unlike what cricket has done —change its rules — football has never made any major compromise with its basic structure, writes Pradeep Magazine.
By Pradeep Magazine | None
UPDATED ON JUN 15, 2008 02:26 AM IST

Watching a football match can be exhilarating. Unlike what cricket has done —change its rules drastically — football has never made any major compromise with its basic structure. Today’s marketing gurus will tell us that football was made for the present times, and that is why one should honour the man who invented this game centuries ago. He must have been a great visionary, who could see deep into the future and realise that the value of entertainment lies in its brevity and not in its length.

And when we are told that people of our generation don’t have the time or the patience to watch a sport that lasts for five days or even a full day, you marvel at football, which is just right for the ‘impatient times’ we live in.

The beauty of the game lies in it being subtle, tactical, and at times, even slow-paced despite its short duration. No one is forcing entertainment down our throats or screaming at the top of their voice that short is sweet. Football won’t be what it is if its playing time is halved or doubled.

That brings me back to cricket and its bastardised version called T20. It is now the new entertainment and, if our marketing wizards are to be believed, it can even threaten football's popularity some day.

If millions in India can watch a three-hour film and get entertained, there is no reason why sports fans all over the world cannot get used to enjoying a three-and-a-half-hour sporting drama on the field.

Isn't 90 minutes too short a time and seven hours too long a time to watch gladiators in action? The right balance could be a three-and-a-half hour on-field action.

Who knows, a century later, people would be marvelling at the visionary Lalit Modi who ushered in a new revolution in world of sport.

India and Modi are not the only ones who may have found that right balance which could make cricket the game of the future.

There is an American, Allan Stanford, who may have been the first man to realise the potential of T20 by introducing a league in West Indies before IPL came into existence. And now he is going to give Rs 80 crore as prize money to the winners of an England-West Indies three-match contest.

He is also splurging millions on making T20 the new face of world sport. The BCCI and Modi must be turning green with envy as, in their scheme of things, there is no place for any ‘rebels’ in the forward march to make cricket the number one money-making sport in the world.

One was given to believe that there is an international governing body called ICC, which runs world cricket. But that no longer seems true as Modi has already announced who will take part in the proposed Champions League, and that all those who have played in Subhash Chandra's League will have no place in it.

It is a small matter that as many as 25 ICL players play in English County and, if reports are to be believed, the English domestic teams are worried and concerned that the Modi diktat could leave many of them ineligible for the tournament.

This must be one of the greatest victories for India in their humbling of the British supremacy. English, worried and concerned, and at the mercy of an Indian!

Wow!

In a world where might and money are right, India seems to be on the right path. And in the interlude to the

Champions League and the fights that might ensue between the warring factions of world cricket, watch the real beautiful game now playing on your TV screens every night to realise what entertainment is all about.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.(ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.(ANI)

'Tragedy unfolding today in country': Rahul Gandhi on protest over farm laws

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 02:18 PM IST
"There is a tragedy unfolding today in the country, govt wants to ignore the issue and misinform the country," Rahul Gandhi said while addressing a conference after the release.
Close
KPCC President D K Shivakumar during a press conference at the party office in Bengaluru, Karnataka.(PTI File photo)
KPCC President D K Shivakumar during a press conference at the party office in Bengaluru, Karnataka.(PTI File photo)

Supreme Court shouldn’t stay but scrap farm laws: Congress’s DK Shivkumar

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Kanishka Sarkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 02:04 PM IST
DK Shivakumar said that the Congress party will hold a big protest on Wednesday backing the farmers protesting against legislations enacted in September.
Close
India has 6.8 gigawatts of existing nuclear generation capacity, which accounts for roughly 2% of the nation’s total capacity.(AP representative image)
India has 6.8 gigawatts of existing nuclear generation capacity, which accounts for roughly 2% of the nation’s total capacity.(AP representative image)

India debuts largest nuclear reactor with more planned

Bloomberg
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 02:01 PM IST
India is counting on its nuclear program to help meet its Paris climate commitments to reduce the emissions intensity.
Close
Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. (File photo)
Republic TV’s editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami. (File photo)

Maharashtra mulls police action against Arnab in leaked chats case: State home minister

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:59 PM IST
A delegation led by Maharashtra Congress general secretary Sachin Sawant met Deshmukh and demanded action in the leaked chats case. The delegation said the state government has every right to initiate action
Close
BJP leader and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose speaks to the media in Kolkata on Tuesday. (ANI)
BJP leader and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose's grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose speaks to the media in Kolkata on Tuesday. (ANI)

Subhas Chandra Bose’s birth anniversary to be celebrated as Parakram Diwas

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:43 PM IST
In a gazette notification, the ministry stated that decision was taken to “honour and remember Netaji’s indomitable spirit and selfless service to the nation”
Close
A Covid-19 vaccination centre in Mumbai. (Satish Bate/HTphoto)
A Covid-19 vaccination centre in Mumbai. (Satish Bate/HTphoto)

Maharashtra resumes Covid-19 vaccination drive after delay over CoWin

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:43 PM IST
The state intends to inoculate 28,500 people in a day through sessions at 285 centres across the state
Close
Saif Ali Khan plays a lead role in web series ‘Tandav’. (File photo)
Saif Ali Khan plays a lead role in web series ‘Tandav’. (File photo)

Fresh case filed in Greater Noida against makers of web series ‘Tandav’

By Shafaque Alam
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:11 PM IST
A BSP member filed the case for showing the UP Police in a bad light and hurting religious sentiments and social beliefs
Close
Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter along with a newspaper clipping on the issue.(ANI)
Rahul Gandhi posted on Twitter along with a newspaper clipping on the issue.(ANI)

News updates from HT: Rahul Gandhi targets PM over Chinese village in Arunachal

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:00 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 1pm. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Close
The scientists, including those from the University of California (UC) Irvine in the US, said this "sweeping shift" of the rain belt was disguised in previous studies that provided a global average of the influence of climate change.(PTI File Photo)
The scientists, including those from the University of California (UC) Irvine in the US, said this "sweeping shift" of the rain belt was disguised in previous studies that provided a global average of the influence of climate change.(PTI File Photo)

Climate change may change rainfall patterns in south India: Study

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:59 PM IST
The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, examined computer simulations from 27 state-of-the-art climate models, and measured the tropical rain belt's response to a future scenario in which greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise through the end of the current century.
Close
BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI)
BJP national president JP Nadda. (PTI)

Why is Congress misleading farmers, surrendering to China: Nadda to Rahul

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:47 PM IST
The BJP has also targeted the Congress for accepting donations for the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) from the Chinese government
Close
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi .(PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi .(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi to release booklet to highlight pitfalls of farm laws today

ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:53 PM IST
Congress has been continuously demanding a repeal of the three laws and has also called a nationwide protest and a "Raj Bhavan Gherao" in all the states.
Close
Union minister Shripad Naik outside the Goa Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Union minister Shripad Naik outside the Goa Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)

Nearly 10 days after accident, minister Shripad Naik discharged from hospital

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:42 PM IST
Naik, 68, was on his way from Yellapur to Gokarna in Karnataka on January 11 when the accident took place. The minister's wife Vijaya and personal assistant were killed in the accident.
Close
Many Indian officials believe that China's will not move out of the contested points in East Ladakh sector till President Xi Jinping delivers his address to mark 100 years of Communist Party of China (AFP)
Many Indian officials believe that China's will not move out of the contested points in East Ladakh sector till President Xi Jinping delivers his address to mark 100 years of Communist Party of China (AFP)

China’s PLA may ramp up military activity in Ladakh in 2 months

UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2021 01:33 PM IST
  • India does hope that the incoming Biden administration will stand by its commitments on China, South China Sea, Taiwan or Indo-Pacific at large but New Delhi is not dependent on the US for handling the PLA on land frontiers
Close
BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait (ANI)
BKU spokesperson Rakesh Tikait (ANI)

‘Will go back same route’: Farmer leader on farm law ordinance

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:28 PM IST
Rakesh Tikait, spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, said no farmer leader will attend the first meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed panel on farm laws today.
Close
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India, January 16, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi(REUTERS)
A healthcare worker fills a syringe with a dose of Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine called COVAXIN, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination campaign at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, India, January 16, 2021. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi(REUTERS)

Centre issues Letter of Comfort to Bharat Biotech for 45 lakh doses of Covaxin

PTI, Hyderabad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 12:21 PM IST
Out of the 45 lakh doses, the city-based vaccine maker will be supplying over eight lakh to some of the friendly countries such as Mauritius, Philippines and Myanmar, free of cost as good will gesture.
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP