Wage deferrals are also on the horizon at Aberdeen, while even Celtic, who had 33 million pounds cash in the bank in their latest financial figures in February, are mulling wage cuts according to manager Neil Lennon.Despite the fate of this season hanging in the balance, clubs are looking ahead with season tickets for the 2020/21 campaign a means to a short-term cash injection.“I’ve been heartened by the messages of support I have received from fans asking what they can do to help the club through this really difficult period,” said Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack.Season ticket sales are not the only reason why the smaller leagues in Europe are more keen to turn the page on the 2019/20 season.With just 10 percent of income for Scottish clubs coming from the television deal that is due to expire at the end of this season, the big penalty clauses faced by Europe’s top five leagues with broadcasters for failing to fulfil fixtures are not as severe.Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars criticised the Dutch FA for “hiding behind UEFA” and not being brave enough to call their season to a halt.“We in the Netherlands are not as dependent on television rights incomes as the leagues in Spain, England, Italy and Germany are,” Overmars told De Telegraaf.“I think that they had been put under big pressure by UEFA to continue playing at whatever cost.”The issue is further complicated in Scotland with a new, more lucrative, TV deal — worth a reported 32 million pounds annually — set to start next season meaning clubs do not want to sacrifice a late start to the 2020/21 campaign for finishing this season.“Given the timescales involved, with every day that passes I think it becomes more unrealistic,” Motherwell chief executive Alan Burrows told the BBC on the prospect of finishing the season. UEFA said a failure to complete the football season could lead to exclusion from European competition.London, United Kingdom | AFP | UEFA’s ultimatum to national leagues that a failure to complete the football season could lead to exclusion from European competition has left the continent’s less wealthy leagues, like Scotland, in limbo.Scottish clubs were due to meet by video-conference on Friday with the possibility of following the Belgian league’s recommendation to call their season to an end amid the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.That meeting has now been pushed back to next week as Scottish clubs scramble just to survive in the months to come with matches indefinitely suspended on public health grounds.Meagre television rights deals, in particular in comparison to the English Premier League across the border, have seen Scotland slide down the food chain of European football.The existing broadcast contract for the Scottish Premiership is reportedly worth a total of just 21 million pounds ($22.7 million) annually.Clubs can therefore little afford to miss out on European competition, with even those who do not participate eligible for solidarity payments from UEFA.“Since participation in UEFA club competitions is determined by the sporting result achieved at the end of a full domestic competition, a premature termination would cast doubts about the fulfilment of such condition,” UEFA said in a joint letter with the European Clubs Association and European Leagues.Many Scottish clubs had been keen for the season to be called as it stands — with Celtic crowned champions — so that prize money could be handed out to solve a cash-flow crisis.A proposal for league reconstruction whereby two teams are promoted and no side relegated from the top four leagues would also mitigate the damage and any potential legal challenges.Instead, as so often, Scottish clubs have had to turn to their fanbases for support.– Celtic mull wage cuts –According to UEFA’s latest Club Licensing Benchmark report, gate receipts provide 43 percent of revenue for the 12 clubs in the Scottish Premiership, by far the highest in Europe’s top 20 leagues.The inability to play games and get people through the gate has already resulted in Hearts asking players to take a 50 percent pay cut and members of the Hibernian squad deferring up to half their salary. Share on: WhatsApp
DOUBLE DUTY—Manasseh Garner of Brashear finds a hole in the Westinghouse defense. Garner scored two touchdowns for the Bulls and was also called on to play quarterback after starter Henri Chatman injured his ankle in the first quarter. Perry (3-2) was a part of the four-way tie of first place in the City League that also included its opponent on Friday, Oliver (4-1). They did not prevail as the Bears had one of their best defensive showings of the season, winning a 12-6 thriller at Cupples Stadium. “I had to answer a question to myself in the fourth quarter,” Oliver coach Tim Keefer said. “Do I want to be aggressive playing defense, or do I want to play it safe? We decided to be aggressive.” Their aggression was on display whenever Perry had a final drive in which they had advanced to the Oliver 25-yard line in an attempt to win in the last minutes of the game. Perry’s quarterback Greg McGhee was sacked twice in six plays and hurried once. This led to a final heave to the end zone with 27 seconds remaining that was incomplete and sealed the victory for Oliver.“The next step is getting our kids to do their parts in the classroom,” said Keefer. “We want to keep our kids striving so that they can (stay out here on the field).”The winning points for Oliver were scored in the third quarter whenever quarterback Dante Jeter flipped the ball to Martise Smith who then fired it to David Marshall for the 10-yard score. They also scored on a 60- yard fumble recovery by Ed Mathis late in the second quarter.Perry jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first quarter when Richard Lowry scored on a 10- yard run. He finished with 27 carries for 117 yards. The Perry offense had 181 yards total offense—123 more than Oliver.OTHER GAMESBrashear 17, Westinghouse 0Brashear (4-1) kept Westinghouse winless as they stayed in a first place tie with Schenley. Manasseh Garner scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. He added on another 5-yarder in the third quarter.Brashear’s kicker Cody Magliocca hit a rare (for the City League) 19-yard field goal, also in the third quarter, which helped his team get past the Bulldogs.Peabody 16, Allderdice 0This game was scoreless into the final quarter until Peabody scored on an 81-yard pass from Ronell Moses to Shannon Binion on a fake punt. They added an 18-yard touchdown run by Daniel Burrell with the game winding down.Allderdice’s losing streak extends to 20 games (0-5 on the season). They were held to only 30 yards total offense in the game.This Saturday, Peabody (3-2) will take on Schenley (4-1) in its Homecoming game at 12 p.m. at Cupples Stadium as the Highlanders continue to take part in the post-season.