Deathwatch - will Setanta be sent off this month?
It all started going a little Pete Tong for Setanta in February, when the Premier League gave half of Setanta's matches to Sky. The loss of Monday night games sparked concerns amongst investors, and now The Guardian is reporting that Setanta could collapse in the next month, if it can't renegotiate expensive contracts and bring in new funding.
Some sporting bodies such as the US PGA Tour, are said to be willing to re-consider the terms of their contracts. However the likes of the Premier League and the FA are insisting their deals are honoured in full, and those are the contracts that matter - not only because the numbers involved are huge (their new three year deal with the FA is costing Setanta £150 million) but because they're key to maintaining subscription numbers.
According to The Guardian, Setanta's last £10m fee to the FA was late, the next £10m instalment is due next month, with a payment of around £35m due to the Premier League immediately following the end of the season.
For those of you who ideally like to see Setanta buried in a landslide of heavy rock and faeces, you may soon get your wish.