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Mambo95 said:
Fox and Sky are completely different entities. News Corp only own 38% of Sky. And the Murdoch family only own 46% of News Corp. So Murdoch only owns about 17% of Sky. But don't let details get in the way of you ill informed rants about how Russell Downing kills arabs - or whatever nonsense you'll come up with next.

How is what I said nonsence?. State your percentages all you want i'm not here to argue them. I know what Murdoch related media did pre-Iraq. I don't want him in cycling. Period. Everything he touches rots. And once again ask cycling fans in the Arab world about TeamSky my once again WoolPulledOverTheEyes friend?
 
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Good grief! I am a UK meejah freelancer and dependent on dear old Aunty (ie News Intl enemy No 1) for about 50% of my income - if anyone would want to do a bit of Sky-bashing I should be at the front of the queue.

But even I can see that James Murdoch putting some Sky money into UK cycling is not the same kettle of potatoes as Fox News.

Plus there are now loads of Sky vans going round the UK with huge pics of Queen Victoria on them. black/white, good/bad - the world just isnt like that.
 
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Im sorry if my techique of the queens english is different and 2nd class.I don't care about that or her. Its how I speak here. And I have no repect for TeamSky's Rubert Murdoch FOXNEWS false documents, WMD reporting, 100,000 dead Iraqi civillians in Iraq sponsored team in cycling. Got that?

Could you explain to me exactly what Rupert Murdoch has to do with any of this?

Murdochs Newscorp are a very minor sponsor as far as the team goes, the main sponsors are bskyb and skyitalia.

Sky is a public company, with Newscorp holding a minor shareholding. (ie. less than half), So arguably Murdoch could claim to own 39.1% of bskyb and therefore about 30% of team sky, sadly Murdoch is not the sole owner of newscorp, its a public listed company. So by no stretch of the imagination does Rupert Murdoch own Team Sky

Rupert Murdoch is not the owner of BskyB nor involved on the board
 
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Jamsque said:
Murdoch being a terrible human being doesn't excuse your terrible posting.

Well at least I keep my postings cycling related.
We the wider cycling community which ain't just cyclingnews.com viewers don't want this man in our sport. It offend alot of cycling fans. I don't see your point?
 
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Wiggins was chosen becuase he's a brit. Nothing more. Is that even legal these days???

I dont know, i suggest you ask Euskaltel who make a habit of hiring Skinny Basque Climbers, or Belgian teams who like to hire, wait for it, Belgains, or Spanish teams that tend to go for spanish riders. Dont even ask about those damned Italians hiring Italians. Splitters!

You really do talk a lot of tosh.

edit: skinny basque riders is not intended as racism, its a running joke from the twisted spoke.
 
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And once again ask cycling fans in the Arab world about TeamSky my once again WoolPulledOverTheEyes friend?

that would be why I have photos from Qatar and Oman showing smiling arabs posing for photos with the Sky Team, photos of young arab kids posing with the Pinarellos, and why they were so popular over there. Ho Hum.

I dont mind you talking nonsense but at least make it informed nonsense.

Sky are not fox. Sky have invested massive amounts of money into cycling in this country. Millions of people over the last few weeks have got out on their bikes for Sky Rides. Maybe thats something you should do instead of sitting on your **** griping on here.
 
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here we are defending the indefensible - LOL - they would have me out of a job as soon as you could say 'free Sunday Times articles poached from Top Gear'

anyway, at least they are doing something about promoting the sport and try to make it safe.

Based on my recent experiences in France which involved a load of minors and yoofs opening a can of whuppass on me up the Alpe d'Huez I think it will be a long time before our continental bretheren need worry about loads of Murdoch financed Brits encroaching on GC podiums (Kennaugh excepted).

Valley floors, rain cold and misery on flat badly surfaced roads - now that's a different matter :D

PS Dim - quality new line on the bottom of the sig - is that true?
 
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boardhanger said:
Well at least I keep my postings cycling related.
We the wider cycling community which ain't just cyclingnews.com viewers don't want this man in our sport. It offend alot of cycling fans. I don't see your point?

So now you think you speak for the 'wider cycling community', do you? They seem quite popular with cyclists I know.
 
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PS Dim - quality new line on the bottom of the sig - is that true?

Yep. 100% true. Was one of the most special moments in my life :D
 
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Well at least I keep my postings cycling related.
We the wider cycling community which ain't just cyclingnews.com viewers don't want this man in our sport. It offend alot of cycling fans. I don't see your point?

if you are going to use the fox news argument as a reason for Team Sky not to be in cycling, then I dont think any american teams or astana should be in cycling as both america and khazakstan support the death penalty. Shall we do a background check on ALL team sponsors?
 
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if you are going to use the fox news argument as a reason for Team Sky not to be in cycling, then I dont think any american teams or astana should be in cycling as both america and khazakstan support the death penalty. Shall we do a background check on ALL team sponsors?

My previous landlord put down Quick-Step floors in our building and then totally ripped me off when I moved out, so QST has no place in the peloton either.
 
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When my two year old bangs his spoon on the table and yells 'HAMMER', I do laugh, but with my head turned in an ignoring fashion so as to not encourage him.

Just sayin'.
 
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MTDave said:
When my two year old bangs his spoon on the table and yells 'HAMMER', I do laugh, but with my head turned in an ignoring fashion so as to not encourage him.

Just sayin'.


mmmmmh??? Im getting flack from England, US and Austraila today at the mention of Iraq war and Murdochs TeamSky connection??? All leading Murdoch newscoverage nations???? mmmmmmh??? At the end of the day SKY has bombed. Went the wrong road with Wiggo and not a notable result to have had. Is there new signing posibilties this winter?
 
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I'm a sky fan, we are 16/17th in the rankings. We need points so we don't need a wild card next year, the team selection was very strange
 
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Mambo95 said:
So now you think you speak for the 'wider cycling community', do you? They seem quite popular with cyclists I know.
That's 'we the people' as in 'me the people'...:rolleyes:

Can't abide the Evil Empire myself but even I can see that bashing the team on the back of that is daft.
 
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I'm a sky fan, we are 16/17th in the rankings. We need points so we don't need a wild card next year, the team selection was very strange

They're 15th in the rankings. 177 points ahead of 18th place. It would take some very very unusual results to knock them out of the top 17 now.
 
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Mambo95 said:
They're 15th in the rankings. 177 points ahead of 18th place. It would take some very very unusual results to knock them out of the top 17 now.

They should get Robbie McEwen.He still gets the odd win and he has 147 pts.He would also make an excellent mentor for Sky's young sprinters
 
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Armchair Cyclist - Winterfold Hill and the Top Gear circuit are not so far apart, it would be a trivial matter to pedal from my favourite 1 in 4 leg breaker to a nice cosy Zonda ;)

PS Clarkson obviously hates cyclists because he is fat, but the Hamster is quite keen, even if he is £1500 carbon 8kg hybrid not really getting it rider.
 
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They should get Robbie McEwen.He still gets the odd win and he has 147 pts.He would also make an excellent mentor for Sky's young sprinters

Well he's deciding between three teams for next year, one is to stay with Katusha, one must be Australian Fly V but who is the third team? perhaps Sky, perhaps a phantom to keep the other two honest ?_?
 
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I think he'd be a great addition to Sky, he has a lot of wisdom he could impart to all the young sprinters on that squad, and he's probably faster than Hendo or EBH anyway.