BBC critics complaining it's taking too many people to a major sports event is almost as old a tradition as the World Cup itself – so no surprised at these headlines today.
The corporation is taking 272 staff to Brazil for the football World Cup this summer. In the interests of scale, 736 players will be taking part in the tournament.
The lineup of pundits for the BBC this year includes old "favourites" Alan Shearer, Alan Hansen as well as newbies Rio Ferdinand and super-sexy Thierry Henry.
"With over 9,000 kilometres between BBC Sport's HQ in the UK and our production teams in Brazil, it is technically very challenging to leave significant elements of the broadcast operation back in the UK. "For example, the significant delay in communications between the two countries presents an unacceptable risk to the continuity and quality of our programmes if we attempted to control the live operation from back in the UK with commentators, cameras and presentation teams spread around Brazil."