While the press and public continue to stick knives into Steve McClaren’s management of the England team, off the pitch there are some big moves being made in the world of business. The focus of attention are the TV rights deals for England and FA Cup matches in the UK.
The four year contract is close to being finalized with BBC, ITV, Setanta and others involved in the mad scramble. Today, The Daily Express newspaper is reporting that ITV (Independent Television) is close to winning the rights. If so, it could mean BBC’s team of Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Alan Shearer will be broken up.
The article goes on to say that Setanta is believed to be working with ITV on a joint bid, which would allow ITV to broadcast all of the England matches and first-choice FA Cup ties, while Setanta would own the rights to the other FA Cup matches not selected by ITV.
As transfer markets go, summer 2015 has not disappointed. We’ve had real mega-deals, dramatic screw-ups, and plenty of records broken; exactly what us fans feed on! The stats do make for interesting reading, with the Premier League coming out way on top in terms of money spent, switching up on the norm […]
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Saido Berahino's West Brom future remains in limbo after his apparent strike threat, despite the club rejecting two deadline day bids from Tottenham. The striker has hinted on his official Twitter account he is prepared to down tools after the Baggies rebuffed two late offers from Spurs. His message read: […]
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In fairness to manager Eddie Howe, Bournemouth have stood stringently by the principles that saw them into the top flight last season. And after four games, the Cherries will probably feel a little aggrieved to only be on four points. Bournemouth learned some harsh lessons in an opening day loss to […]
“When I was your age, I could go see a movie for a nickel.” It’s a cliché, but my grandmother still said it, and I know she’s not the only one. I would roll my eyes, tune her out and take another Werther’s Original out of her seemingly never-ending pile. […]
Here’s today’s TV schedule for viewers/readers in the United States: Newcastle vs Arsenal, 7:45am, NBCSN and NBC Universo Manchester City vs Watford, 10am, NBCSN and NBC Universo Chelsea vs Crystal Palace, 10am, USA Aston Villa vs Sunderland, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra Bournemouth vs Leicester, 10am, NBC Sports Live Extra […]
Sweden international Ola Toivonen has answered former boss Dick Advocaat’s call to arms by signing a season-long loan deal with Sunderland, the club has confirmed. The 29-year-old attacking midfielder, who played under the Dutchman during his time at PSV Eindhoven, has joined the Black Cats from Ligue 1 outfit Rennes. […]
Completing their second major signing of transfer deadline day, Everton have announced the permanent capture of Aaron Lennon, with the former Leeds United and Tottenham winger returning to Goodison Park on a three-year deal. Lennon spent the second half of the 2014-15 Premier League season on loan with the Toffees before returning […]
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has signed a three-year deal with Bayer Leverkusen, the Bundesliga club announced today, ending the Mexico international’s five-year run at Manchester United. Initially report have Bayer paying a£8.75 million transfer fee for the 27-year-old star. #Chicharito kommt von @ManUtd und unterschreibt bei der #Werkself bis 2018 || @CH14_ joins […]
Manchester United and Barcelona have reached a £22.3 million agreement over the transfer of Pedro, following negotiations held between officials from the two clubs on Tuesday. The Spain international has yet to agree personal terms with United. However, the veteran player is keen to make the switch to Old Trafford where […]
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Manchester United are poised to complete a stunning double move for Barcelona forward Pedro and Valencia center-back Nicolas Otamendi, according to various reports emanating from Spain. The news of Pedro’s imminent transfer to the English side should come as no surprise since the Spain international has been heavily linked with a […]
It’s time for the annual obsession of getting excited and opinionated about the official jerseys released by each of 20 Premier League clubs. Whether you’re a fan of a specific club or want to see what your opponents will be wearing this Premier League season, take a look at the complete […]
West Ham striker Diafra Sakho has been arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and witness intimidation, according to reports. The S*n newspaper said the 25-year-old was arrested on Sunday night before being bailed, having previously been questioned over an alleged assault earlier this month. A Metropolitan Police spokesman […]