Look At What You Could Have Won

Talk about a fall from grace. The blog of the BBC Sport Editor Roger Mosey has got very excited this evening about the new Football League television contract. Having lost the rights to England matches and the FA Cup earlier this year (wiping out their live domestic football at a stroke) they have at least managed the small consolation of securing some access to the Football League and the League Cup. You don’t have to be an expert on such matters to be able to appreciate that such deals are a fall from grace for BBC Sport, no matter which way they try to spin it. The details of the new BBC contract are as follows: – Ten exclusively live first-choice Championship matches per season, the first time The Championship has been live on BBC television. – The League Cup final live from Wembley – simulcast with Sky. – Two legs of the Carling Cup semi-finals exclusively live. – Football League highlights all season. – Carling Cup highlights all season. The bulk of the contract has, you’ll be unsurprised to hear, remained with Sky Sports, who have picked up the bulk of the £88m bill. There is no question that the BBC are the junior partners here, in much the same way that they are over the Premier League package. But is this a good deal for the BBC...

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