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SBD Global/May 22, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Buenos Aires Clubs Boca Juniors, River Plate Hope To Reverse TV-Motivated Decision

Boca Juniors VP Oscar Moscariello is not confident the Argentine FA will change its decision to make Boca and River Plate alternate playing games on Saturdays at 9:30pm, according to OLE. Moscariello: "I hope other clubs join the protest." Both Boca and River will make a protest before the Argentine FA to try to stop the proposed schedule change, but Moscariello "does not believe it will work." Moscariello said, "I do not have much expectation with respect to a possible schedule change. We have to think about the fans, who have to make too much sacrifice to go to the stadium under this schedule" (OLE, 5/21).

COMPETING WITH LANATA: In Buenos Aires, Daniel Lagares reported Buenos Aires Deputy Governor Gabriel Mariotto admitted the schedule change was made to distract viewers from Jorge Lanata's highly-rated Journalism For All program, which is critical of the government and airs at the same time, 9:30pm. Mariotto: "The decision to change the schedule of the games is for ratings and competition against a good program like Lanata's. It seems political, it seems athletic, but it is TV. Everyone always fought for the rating. It seems perfect to me that the channels compete" (CLARIN, 5/21).
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