City chairman Bryan Richardson has dismissed claims that the club are
locked in talks over the possibility of launching a television channel
to show their games.
A Sunday newspaper this week suggested that the Sky Blues were
among several midlands clubs who were attempting to establish a joint
channel, in a similar vein to Manchester Unitedís MUTV.
However, Richardson has revealed that this plan was hatched as a
contingency plan after a doubt was raised over the legality of Sky TVís
deal with the Premier League.
"I think this came about some while ago before the result
was known in the case between the Office of Fair Trade and the
"There was a dispute over whether they should be allowed to
sell the rights to show games centrally, so clubs had to look at
other things, and that was something we looked at.
"But at the moment I donít think there is anything in
Cityís continued improvement this season has been rewarded with
an FA Cup fifth round draw against Division One Charlton Athletic and
the city chairman is delighted with that.
"Itís a great draw for us. I think the main thing was to
get a match at Highfield Road because the team believe they can beat
"We just want to get everybody behind the team because if we
win the Charlton match we are only two games from Wembley."
A continued run in the competition also causes a scramble for
tickets and Richardson has warned fans that attending Premier League
games could be crucial.
"There is always going to be a shortage of tickets
available, not only for that game but for ones subsequent to it.
"So tickets for next Saturdayís match with Wimbledon will
be valuable should we progress past Charlton.
"So in other words, if you come to the Wimbledon game the
value of your ticket will be carried forward."