“The Football League Show” – The Verdict

With Norwich throwing in seven goals at home and Sven managing five on his League Two debut, they can’t say that had a paucity of stories to choose from. The BBC launched their Football League coverage in a bold and brash style, with a live match and a highlights package that will now become part of the landscape of Saturday evenings. How, though, did “The Football League Show” look? The BBC have stood accused of being a little smug in their football broadcasting over the last few years, depending too much on its reputation whilst failing to deliver in comparison with Sky Sports. Was this, then, a return to form for the national broadcasters? Well, the honest answer is “yes and no”. On the one hand, the BBC still carries just enough gravitas to make whatever you’re watching on it feel like an “event”. The Football League have been canny in recognising this and, in shifting their highlights package from ITV, it’s important to remember that the offering on the other side for the last few years, “The Championship”, has been a distinctly low profile affair, often shifted around the Sunday morning schedule to make way for other, more important matters such as Formula One racing and repeats of “Britain’s Got Talent”. “The Football League Show” has a guaranteed slot on Saturday nights (after “Match of The Day”) and,...

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