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Issue 345
23 October 2011
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Future Tense

OLD BAG: This is an archive story from Issue 203 - 9 Jul 2007
Who shot JR?

JR: Not hanged by Cliff Barnes

Premiership trophy

How next season could end

Sean Bean

Bean: Written out

Football season finale to be carried over for cliff hanger ending

TV executives have drawn up a plan to see the last weekend fixtures of next season's Premiership carried over to the first week of the following season.

Look out, cliff!

The practice follows successful US TV shows to keep viewers interest piqued and give the producers more leverage when renegotiating contracts with the shows' stars.

Glitzy soap opera Dallas was the first try leaving a cliffhanger ending with the now famous Who Shot JR? storyline. Viewers waited for months until the start of the next series where it was revealed that Maggie Simpson did it. Since that time any US TV show that has been scared of being canceled or who had bolshy actors threatening to walk out has used the device as a ratings winner.

Summer scheduling

"We've seen that despite the lack of a newsworthy tournament, the Tevez affair has kept interest in the sport alive throughout the whole summer," Sky's Head of Sports Programming Ernesto Cockgroupier told intrepid Onion Bag reporter Larry Gak. "We can't rely on an incident resulting in inept Premiership mishandling or the sort of blindly optimistic legal action that we saw this summer to be repeated, therefore we need systems in place to guarantee a summer of speculation and unrest."

Lone Wolf McCabe

All this has come too little too late for Sheffield United chairman Kevin McCabe. "Third party ownership is wrong and needs to be severly punished," he droned to an ever-shrinking pack of reporters (none of whom rude enough to point out that Sheffield United told Watford Steven Kabba couldn't play in their crunch tie).

"The Premiership may have got their way, but I'm not finished yet," foamed McCabe. "I'm going to take them to the Small Claims Court and I'm going to get BBC's Watchdog on them. I've been to the Citizen's Advice Bureau - I know my rights."

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