Scottish league season extended 24 times since the war
By Grandmaster Suck
Updated Wednesday, 23rd April 2008
Statistical analysis shows extending the season is no unusual occurrence.Between season 1946-47 and season 1989-90 (the last time it was extended) the Scottish senior league programme has seen fixtures occur after the scheduled end 24 times in 44 seasons - more than half.
Since 89-90 two major factors have made the need for extension less onerous - the lack of Scottish clubs competing in the later stages of European competition and the prevalence of under-soil heating.
The statistics clearly show that historically the Scottish game has regularly extended itself to accommodate the vagaries of fixture build-up. Sportsmanship demands that players be given a reasonable amount of time between competitive games.
That being the case the motivations for those opposed to extending the season must be called into question.