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by Return_of_the_STAR » Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:19 pm

KK wrote:Sky have retained the EFL rights, with highlights likely moving from 5 to ITV, but boy have they paid for it...

Guardian wrote:Sky set to retain live Football League rights in £180m-a-year deal

Broadcaster understood to have entered into exclusive talks, after winning bidding war with rival BT

Sky is set to retain the rights to the Football League in a blockbuster bidding battle with BT that has seen the price as much as double to £180m a season.

The Football League is understood to have entered into exclusive talks with Sky for the live rights, in a three to five-year deal worth between £500m and £900m.

The official announcement, which could come as soon as Wednesday, will scupper any hope that the recent years of inflationary bids for the crown jewels of sport might be at an end.

Bosses at the Premier League will be rubbing their hands at the outcome of the bid, with Sky and BT set to go head to head in a potential £6bn battle for the UK’s most expensive sports rights at the end of the year.

ITV is heavily tipped to win the Football League highlights rights from Channel 5.

It is understood that the Football League, which decided not to take up an automatic one-year extension with Sky, although the broadcaster still has two years left on its current deal, had been expected to make a decision last Friday.

However, it is understood that bids from BT and Sky extended the auction timeline, vindicating the Football League’s decision to take its rights to the market early.

The deal, which will be for three or five years, is crucial for Sky to win as it has just embarked on a new strategy of scrapping its numbered Sky Sports channels in favour of themed ones focused on specific sports – led by football, golf and cricket.

With two football channels, the flagship focusing on Premier League matches, to lose the Football League would have been a hammer blow.

“Sky needs this deal more than BT,” said one source. “BT can survive without it on the same model. Sky has its new channel strategy to fill and the Football League is the number one product in a lot of households in places like Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Norwich. Most of the eastern side of England has no Premier League.”

It is the second time in as many months that Sky has gone head to head with BT in a big-money deal: it spent £1bn to retain the rights to all international and domestic cricket in England with the England and Wales Cricket Board. The £220m a year deal, which included the BBC getting some Twenty20 matches, is worth about three times the £75m a year Sky paid under its existing deal for exclusive rights. With its dedicated cricket channel, Sky, which has said that cricket is the most valuable sport for its business after domestic football, had to win the rights renewal.

Later this year, Sky and BT will face off again for the biggest prize of all when the Premier League rights come up for renewal in what could be a £6bn sports rights auction. The pair could be joined by Amazon, which earlier this month poached the UK rights to the ATP men’s tennis world tour – all the tournaments outside the grand slams and the finals at London’s O2 Arena each year – from Sky.

Amazon has deep pockets, but may not be ready this auction cycle to commit such sums to drive its Prime Video service and wider business, but the threat could spur more big spending from BT and Sky.

The spiralling cost of sports rights, primarily the Premier League, has weighed on Sky’s business. A one-off £629m rise in its Premier League rights deal contributed to a 14% fall in profits at its UK and Ireland operations in the year to end of June.

That'll be another subs increase. :mrgreen:


I would absolutely love it if amazon won The main proportion of prem rights, think it would be hillarious, however I'm not convinced they will bid for it. Every time the rights come up there's always some rumoured bidder that just doesn't turn up.

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by Moggy » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:01 am

Away at Watford for the second round of the whateverthefuckitiscallednow Cup.

That's us done then (unless Watford put the kids out).

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by Blue Eyes » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:40 pm

Villa are getting absolutely beasted and deservedly so just for signing John Terry.

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by Return_of_the_STAR » Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:54 pm

Another loss for Northampton. Not good. We've bought in a lot of new players, pretty much a new starting 11 so it may take time for them to bed in but im a bit concerned.

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by PatSharpsMullet » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:08 pm

Cracking start to the season for us. :x :fp:

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by evanswolves » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:11 pm

:datass: :datass: :mrgreen:

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by Oblomov Boblomov » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:34 pm

It's going to be a long season.

Who would have thought we'd be crap after selling our two best players?

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by Corazon de Leon » Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:58 pm

This is becoming like a waking nightmare now.

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by Moggy » Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:14 pm

Disappointing not to at least get a draw after being 1 up.

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by evanswolves » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:00 pm

Football on 5... pathetic, its a shite show anyway, but to get the same Wolves player wrong more than once is just pathetic :slol:

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by evanswolves » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:40 pm

http://www.skysports.com/football/transfer-paper-talk
Wolves are ­plotting a £20m double striker swoop for Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes and Nelson Oliveira of Norwich.

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by evanswolves » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:40 pm

If only this had gone in :slol:

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by Ecno » Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:05 pm

evanswolves wrote:http://www.skysports.com/football/transfer-paper-talk
Wolves are ­plotting a £20m double striker swoop for Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes and Nelson Oliveira of Norwich.


Don't know how Wolves are complying with FFP.

Not happy with the Norwich game 71% possesion and we lose 3-1. We seem to have no clinical finishing ability and an inability to defend (same as last season), not a recipe for promotion.

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by KingK » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:02 pm

I'm happy so far. 2 wins out of 2. Take that all day long.

Mind the gap Direby & Villa!

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by evanswolves » Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:57 pm

3 league wins on the bounce... :datass: :datass: :datass: was utterly dreading the 1st 5 league games, thought 3 or 4 points, but damn :slol: :slol:

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by Oblomov Boblomov » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:00 pm

Alright, we're allowed to talk about football again 8-).

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by Finish.Last » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:01 pm

I hope Steve Bruce gets strawberry floating sacked this evening. Useless twat.

I called off his players' names as they came marching up the steps behind him....All nice guys. They'll finish last. Nice guys. Finish last.
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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by KingK » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:21 pm

Normal service resumed. Lose to a gooseberry fool team who will fight relegation

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by Drumstick » Tue Aug 15, 2017 10:23 pm

Villa?

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PostRe: Football League & Non League Football Thread
by DML » Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:50 am

Glowy sure has gone quiet.

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