The Football League On The BBC

With five days left until the start of the new season, at least some of the television schedule still seems to be in a state of flux. The Football Conference is reported to still be in negotiation with a broadcaster (rumoured to be Eurosport) regarding a package that is said to be worth £70,000 per club, although Blue Square North and South clubs are now likely to be missing out on the £15,000 that they had been receiving from Setanta. More significant, however, is the final unveiling of the coverage that the BBC will be giving The Football League, as they take over from ITV as the secondary broadcasters of the world’s oldest league competition. The BBC has already confirmed that they will be showing ten live matches this season, starting with the match between West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United this Saturday. They have also confirmed a further three matches to be shown live – Ipswich Town vs Newcastle United on the 26th September, Derby County vs Queens Park Rangers on the 24th October and Cardiff City vs Nottingham Forest on Sunday 1st November. The remainder of their live matches will be confirmed later on this year. A small problem for the BBC is that they remain very much the junior partners in the live coverage of Football League matches in comparison with Sky Sports, who will show...

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