Is This What Is Meant By “Legacy Benefits” ?
Simply type in Malcolm Speed on Google news and literally hundreds of media reports are carried on the CWC Final last Saturday. Many of them are less than complimentary including:
‘Shambles CWC Final sums up tournament’ – Reuters
‘A stumps end of disaster’ – Toronto Star
‘Tragedy and farce will linger longest’ – Guardian
‘World Cup leaves sour taste’ – BBC
Sadly, there does not appear a tiny corner of the globe where the world’s media has been less than complimentary.
Even locally, in Mike Kings article in today’s Nation aptly entitled – First Words – he mentions ‘It is disappointment that about $2 million could be spent on a closing ceremony that had to be viewed in gloom as Barbados strangely constructed a modern stadium without floodlights’.
As a direct consequence ‘Global Cricket Corporation the international Cricket Council’s commercial partners for all sponsorship and broadcast’s, apparently found the conditions too dark for transmission and cut the feed’.
So who exactly did see the ‘$2 million’ closing event?
Certainly not the billions of television viewers across the world we were promised.
And yet Malcolm Speed is still describing it as a success!
Pray tell me – what would failure be then?
29 April 2007