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Andy Gray to Return as Co-Commentator With BT Sport: Nightly Soccer Report

Andy Gray Andy Gray to Return as Co Commentator With BT Sport: Nightly Soccer Report

Soccer pundit Andy Gray is returning to British television where he’ll join BT Sport on Saturday to co-commentate the FA Cup match between Stevenage and Everton.

Gray was fired by Sky Sports in 2011 for unacceptable behavior after footage was leaked of him making sexist remarks on-camera. His colleague Richard Keys was also dismissed at the time.

Gray and Keys bounced back from leaving the TV network with a morning radio show on talkSPORT, as well as being hired in the Middle East to analyze European football matches for Al Jazeera Sport (now beIN SPORTS).

Hiring Gray to co-commentate the match on Saturday is seen as a sign of BT Sport’s strategy of building a relationship with beIN SPORTS. Right now, it’s just one match. But if Gray does well, it’s possible he may co-commentate more matches in the future.

Meanwhile, the report mentions that this could be the first steps of beIN SPORTS dipping its toe in the water to possibly try to acquire Premier League rights in the UK in the future. By beIN SPORTS and BT Sport working together, they would be a formidable force against the incumbent Sky Sports.

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10 Responses to Andy Gray to Return as Co-Commentator With BT Sport: Nightly Soccer Report

  1. jtm371 says:

    The anelka affair is a f-ing joke that the Fraud Association has let it drag on so long. Now the hearing is in the end of February. Glad to see Zoopla pull the plug WBA could have done something but was to scared to do the right thing. Oh yeah the jacka$$ comedienne is under arrest in France again for Anti- Semitic reasons. Anti-Semitic is racism plain and simple.Kick Out anelka.

  2. IanCransonsKnees says:

    amen jtm.

    Ngog to Swansea, what’s Smokey’s take on that. He’s a figure of fun to put it politely.

  3. CTBlues says:

    I don’t see Shaw going to United kid grew up following Chelsea wants to go to Chelsea he will be a blue come summer time.

  4. Ianor says:

    Skysport is better than both bt&aljazera sport. “Thanks to martin tyler”! One thing forget or there is no way aljazeera sport will be allowed to televise epl matches in uk. Can bt compete with sky? For me no is the answer they are miles ahead of them. Their pundit team is just brilliant while bt theirs pundits are low level’s.

    • Paul says:

      Nobody is saying that Al Jazeera will be televising matches in the UK at the moment – the point is that they could be aiming to strike a working partnership with BT in time for the next PL tender – i.e. this coming December at the earliest. It’s at that point we find out who is the UK rights holder for the following 3-year period.

      Can BT compete with Sky? Yes, every day of the week. BT have got far more financial backing than Sky and this is the first time Sky has been faced with competition from a company bigger than themselves. Look at the recent Champions League auction – BT won the rights away from Sky Sports very, very comfortably.

      If I was Sky right now, I’d be extremely worried. Even if BT go it alone at the next tender, their main priority will be to improve on their existing PL packages, with the Sunday 4pm controlling first pick package being the one to watch… Don’t forget that during the last tender (for the current 3-year deals), BT actually outbid Sky on every package, only for the Premier League to take things to a second round because they were in the margin of ‘too close to call’.

  5. Paul says:

    beIN Sports are planning to carry the BT audio feed for their coverage, so it’s a mutual agreement.

    Will be very, very interesting to see if it advances further down the line. BT could do very well to work with a company that has no interest in broadband or telephony (like rival Sky is), but is focussed entirely on broadcasting. If, and it’s a very big if at the moment, they did end up working out a deal for the next PL tender, it’s safe to say it’d be good night to Sky. beIN’s finances dwarf BT’s… and BT’s dwarf Sky.

  6. Paul says:

    “hi this is Martin Tyler, with my sidekick Andy Gray…!! Fifa lol good times

  7. Kobashi says:

    Keys and Gray’s radio show on talkSPORT show was fantastic! I loved the in depth interviews those two did w/players, owners, and others involved in the game going over their careers. I was hoping that K&G would continue to do that kinda show on TV for beIN but alas as far as I know they’re not.

  8. scrumper says:

    Andy Gray injects real passion, love hearing him.

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