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Premiership TV bonanza

The amount paid by broadcasters for three years of Premier League television rights from 2016-17 has exceeded all expectations.   Sky and BT agreed to pay £5,16bn over the period: three years ago they paid just £3bn for the rights.   Sky is spending more on its own that the City estimated the whole auction would realise.

The mysteries of the Premier League auction

The first round of the blind auction for Barclays Premier League television rights is now taking place.  The exact rules used are not made public, but it is possible to make an intelligent guess.

Match of the Day gets new lease of life

Alan Shearer will be able to go on admiring big centre forwards until mid-2019 after Match of the Day won the Premier League highlights package.   The BBC made a bid of £204m over three years, 13.5 per cent more than its current deal.

The BBC''s main competitor, ITV, did not bid.   There had been speculation that ITV would use its financial strength to match the BBC.   Its cash flow has been strong in recent months while the BBC has been making programming cuts.

New bidder for Premiership matches

Bids for Premier League domestic broadcast rights have to be submitted by the end of next week for the blind auction. A potential new bidder has emerged in the form of the Discovery channel which has held talks with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

Discovery is best known for nature documentaries, but it now controls the Eurosport channels and wants to break into Premier League football. This could lead to even more inflation in the cost from £3bn for the last three year deal to around £4bn this time.

Football League show to switch channels

The Football League Show is to switch from the BBC to Channel 5 from next season.  The deal runs for three seasons.  Channel 5 did not offer any more money than other bids on the table, but promised to screen the show at the prime time of 9 pm on Saturdays.

At present the show follows Match of the Day on the BBC.   The late night timing is inconvenient for many fans, although there is a repeat on Sundays.    This will continue.

Friday night games in Premier League auction

Up to ten Friday night games will be included in the new Premier League television rights package to run for three seasons from August 2016.   The Friday night games will form part of the Monday night package. 168 live matches will be available, 14 more than at present and accounting for 44 per cent of all Premier League matches.

No broadcaster will be able to show more than five of the seven packages.    The Qatar based beIN Sports may enter the bidding war.   ITV is expected to contest BBC for the highlights package.

US channel to screen Everton matches

US sports channel GoITV is to screen Everton matches and has concluded a similar deal with Benfica.   Premier League matches are to be shown with a delay.   There will be a three hour programme segment and a post match show.

Why Everton?   The attraction is keeper Tim Howard.

Networks press for Friday games

BSkyB and BT are believed to be pressing for including Friday night games in the next television package from the Premier League.

Ofcom to probe sale of Premiership tv rights

Regulatory agency Ofcom is to probe the selling of Premier League broadcasting rights following a complaint from Virigin Media.   In particular, Virgin Media has argued that a lower proportion of games (41 per cent) is sold than in other European leagues and this forces up prices for consumers.

Where is women's football going?

This article takes an in depth look at the state of women's football in England, including its history and a comparison with the fully professional league in the United States.

The Football Association aims to make it the second most popular sport in the UK.   There is quite a long way to go, certainly in terms of attendances.   They are comparable with those of non-league teams and, indeed, most matches are played in non-league stadiums.