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Jose Mourinho signs three-year deal with BT Sport as expert pundit

11 July 2014 15:51:29 Sport | Mail Online

Jose Mourinho has signed a three-year deal with BT Sport and will carry out various roles for the channel, including making football programmes, acting as an expert on the game and becoming an ambassador for the network.

Vice Sport Time11 July 2014 15:51:29


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BT vs Sky: who won the football game?

16 May 2014 08:32:35 UK Homepage

BT challenged Sky over its dominance of sports TV in the UK by aggressively bidding for rights to show football matches – has it been successful?

Vice All News Time16 May 2014 08:32:35


BT Sport's Tim Lovejoy is poster boy for game's lost soul

11 November 2013 00:55:13 Football - Fixtures, results, news, match reports, comment

Broadcaster unwittingly found the perfect person to announce a deal that heralds the end of regular free live football for all, writes Jonathan Liew.

Vice Football Time11 November 2013 00:55:13


BT Sport's Tim Lovejoy is poster boy for game's lost soul

11 November 2013 00:43:32 Sport

Broadcaster unwittingly found the perfect person to announce a deal that heralds the end of regular free live football for all, writes Jonathan Liew.

Vice Sport Time11 November 2013 00:43:32


BT Sport has gone toe-to-toe with Sky on the football battle ground and won - this really is the game changer

09 November 2013 13:24:53 Football - Fixtures, results, news, match reports, comment

Jason Burt: For the first time Sky have been out-bid. It has never happened before in football and BT Sport will not stop there.

Vice Football Time09 November 2013 13:24:53


BT Sport has gone toe-to-toe with Sky on the football battle ground and won - this really is the game changer

09 November 2013 13:03:24 Sport

Jason Burt: For the first time Sky have been out-bid. It has never happened before in football and BT Sport will not stop there.

Vice Sport Time09 November 2013 13:03:24


Sky Sports and BT Sport Christmas fixtures announced

09 October 2013 14:46:18 Football | Mail Online

Football fans will be given a treat around the Christmas period as a host of top Premier League games will be shown live on television.

Vice Football Time09 October 2013 14:46:18


BT Sport reach for the Sky

18 August 2013 02:45:13 Sport | Mail Online

It's 11am at the BT Sport (BTS) studios in Olympic Park, east London, and there's a nervous excitement around the place only partly related to the new kids on the football broadcasting block kicking off the Premier League season by showing their first live Premier League game - Liverpool versus Stoke.

Vice Sport Time18 August 2013 02:45:13


Greg Dyke confident for future after £200m FA Cup deal with BBC and BT

18 July 2013 04:13:17 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

• New FA chairman keen to shake up organisation and test ideas • Deal has put the FA Cup 'back where it belongs', say BBC Greg Dyke, the new Football Association chairman, has said he will not be afraid to "throw a few bombs" in his role as he unveiled a new broadcasting rights deal for the FA Cup worth more than £200m that will provide a degree of financial security to his tenure. Under the contract, which runs for four years from 2014-15, FA Cup ties will be shared between the BBC and BT while ITV retains the rights to England's home matches. Dyke confirmed that meant the FA Cup final will move permanently to the a 5.15pm kick off. That late afternoon start time has proved controversial over the past two seasons, particularly this year when there were issues over transport. "I know there are some people in the FA who think that was the betrayal of a tradition but the world changed and you have to accept it," said Dyke. "The increase in the audience over those two years has been so marked. What are we here for? We're here for people to watch football and enjoy it." The FA's aggregate income for the FA Cup and England's home matches over four years is believed to be approaching the high watermark of the £425m paid by ITV and Setanta in 2007. Between them, the BBC and BT are believed to be paying significantly more than the £60m a year ESPN and ITV ended up agreeing over the past two years after Setanta went bust. BT is believed to be paying around £25m a year for its share of the package, which includes more games but no first-pick matches. The BBC's pitch included a promise to make the most of its regional, radio and digital resources to promote the FA Cup. "The BBC put in the highest bid, so they got it. But they also put in a very good pitch about what they could do across all their outlets. We're their only live football so they'll help us promote the FA Cup across their outlets, which is what we wanted," said Dyke. The BBC director general Tony Hall said the deal had put the FA Cup "back where it belongs" on the BBC, which will have first pick of the best matches in each round. "When you poll licence fee payers they say they want the big events to be on the BBC. The FA Cup is one of those big national moments. Working closely with the FA I believe we will change the way we view the FA Cup forever," he said. Dyke's predecessor at the FA, David Bernstein, was consensual in style and brought stability to the organisation but left frustrated by his inability to drive through changes to the FA's structure. In his first interview since starting the job, Dyke said he came into the role with no preconceptions about the structural issues and political rows between the professional and amateur game that have hobbled his predecessors. "I'm one of those people who thinks everything is going to be fine. Make up your mind, decide what you're going to do and do it. Then see what happens. I was asked that question in my interview and I said exactly the same thing," said Dyke, who will immediately face pressing questions about the strength of English football following disappointing performances this summer from the under-20 and under-21 sides . "I've never been one for subtlety. There's a list of ideas and you test the ideas. My theory of management has always been to throw bombs among groups of people. I've no objection if they then say to me it's ridiculous and can't be done," added the former Manchester United director and Brentford chairman. "The job of the chairman is to give the staff confidence to come up with good ideas. The FA is here for the best interests of the game. It's here to do a range of things and I'll expand on that in some speeches over the first six months. In any organisation you've got to have priorities – what are the five things you want to do? And then you get buy in." Dyke said he had known Anthony Fry, the new Premier League chairman, for a long time and that their relationship would benefit both organisations. "I think financial fair play is a good idea," added Dyke, who formally became chairman at the weekend. "But we've now got six different versions of it and what I'm trying to do is get my head around it. What you want to try and work out is which is the most effective." Dyke said that in contrast to when he began at a demoralised BBC, where there was "a very unhappy staff who hadn't liked my predecessor" he was "amazed" that the FA was such a "smiley, happy place". It will be intriguing to see how long that view lasts. The FA FA Cup Greg Dyke Business BBC BT Sport Owen Gibson guardian.co.uk © 2013 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Vice All News Time18 July 2013 04:13:17


The Fiver | www.contrabandsmut.eu/bootlegfitba | Scott Murray

11 July 2013 17:18:11 Sport news, comment and results | theguardian.com

Click here to have the Fiver sent to your inbox every weekday at 5pm, or if your usual copy has stopped arriving DISCLAIMER: OTHER ILLEGAL FEEDS ARE AVAILABLE Professional football is both written about and marketed from the perspective of those who go to the game. A match report may mention the sweet smell of the freshly watered pitch as it's warmed by a sultry late-summer sun; an advert might pan across a crowd as they bounce up and down while singing their song. It's all, needless to say, an entirely disingenuous affair. That's partly because crowds are mainly silent these days, partly because the top notes of eau de Premier League are less redolent of well-manicured turf, more stale lager, soupy urine and the overwhelming stench of existential despair. But mainly it's because most of us have been sh@fted by capitalism, and we simply can't afford to attend top-flight football these days, instead condemned to spending our weekends sitting hunched in front of the computer in a string vest and suspiciously stained jeggings squinting at a dodgy feed and straining our ears so we can cobble together the West Bromwich Albion team news from Egyptian Arabic. We're pretty sure it's not just the Fiver who spends each and every weekend doing exactly that. So for those of us who consume the game solely through television, via proxy servers also loaded up with the finest premium bongo, today was an important day, as the opening tranche of live fixtures for this year's Premier League was announced. And that announcement brought bad news for Liverpool fans, whose season will be over before anyone else has even kicked a ball. They get the 2013-14 campaign started early doors on 17 August with a disappointing lunchtime draw at Anfield against Stoke City, the first match to be transmitted on the new BT Sport service, and simulcast on www.glamourandillegalsubscriptionsoccer.com. A very super Super Saturday continues over on the more established Sky Sports, who later in the evening transmit a fixture between Swansea City and Manchester United that'll also be broadcast on www.contrabandsmut.eu/bootlegfitba. The first stellar clash of the televised season comes 10 days into the new campaign as Manchester United host Chelsea on Sky (and also at www.indecencies-u-like.co.uk/flagrantcopyrightviolation), a match which will chart the beginning of David Moyes's rapid descent into raging paranoia and jabbering madness, or the beginning of José Mourinho's rapid descent into raging paranoia and jabbering madness. Before then, all three promoted sides will have already had their fresh-faced phizogs on the telly: Crystal Palace hosting Tottenham Hotspur and Hull City travelling to Chelsea on the first Sunday, then Cardiff City and Manchester City putting on a joint production of The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus a week later. The big TV events keep coming thick and fast, though the Fiver doesn't have the time, room or inclination to go through every one up until December. A quick scout around on Google should bring up a comprehensive list , though be careful kids, the internet is a wild frontier containing some very dubious content; it's not all innocent stuff like live football, clips of cats and dogs peering out of toilet bowls, and retro grot. QUOTE OF THE DAY "I don't have any kids, so I thought 'why not'. Realistically, the alternative was going to be somewhere like Accrington" – journeyman midfielder Bas Savage comes to the conclusion that he'd rather ply his trade in Bangkok than Lancashire. FIVER LETTERS "Is it just me, or is anyone else filled with a strange foreboding when David Moyes claims he's been to Wayne Rooney's house (yesterday's Bits and Bobs)? Somehow I'm struck by the image of a shaking Wayne peering through his window curtains on a dead summer night, while a jet-black car idles threateningly across the drive. He looks out as the tinted window slowly rolls down, revealing Moyes' cold, unblinking, pitiless eyes. Then the engine roars, and before Wayne can jump back the car surges down the road, disappearing into the Stygian dark. Man. And they say the off-season isn't exciting" – Scott Connolly. "Shahid Khan in charge of Fulham ( yesterday's Fiver )? That may still provide its share of entertainment. If you had looked at sports news from over the pond (I know, but bear with me) recently you would have noticed that one of Mr Khan's ideas for improving woeful attendances at his Jacksonville Jaguars games is, and I'm not making this up, showing TV coverage of the other games in the NFL on the giant screens in the stadium during Jaguars games. The NFL of course having cracked the conundrum that apparently confounds the best minds of the Premier League, of selling TV rights and sticking to traditional kick-off times without fail. Imagine if he tried a similar scheme at Fulham. The Premier League would likely disappear up its own tailpipe trying to decide who to sue for copyright breach" – Jason Tew. "Enough endless transfer speculation and strategic leaks from players' Mr15%s: why can't Big Website liven up the off-season with the occasional minute-by-minute report from a Nigerian promotion battle (Fivers passim)? Just reading the list of goalscorers would see us nicely through most of the summer" – Justin Kavanagh. "Re: Seattle Sounders interior designer Obafemi Martins upholstering his gold-plated dining room chairs with tops from his seven previous clubs (yesterday's Bits and Bobs). Any word on the size of auditorium in LA Robbie Keane will need to install in house to do the same job?" – Padraic Cassidy. "On the basis of the final item on Theo Walcott's high hopes for Arsenal in yesterday's Bits and Bobs, can I suggest that you introduce a full-scale Sky Sports-style 'Footballers Who Say In Interviews That Their Team Will Do Well This Season' section in the Fiver in future. You could probably replace most of the usual stuff with it. Which would probably be as much of a relief to you as to us. PS: am I the only one wondering whether Yohan Cabaye might end up joining big-lunged elderly relative Montserrat in Barcelona, or are there 1,056 others?" – Nick Drew. • Send your letters to the.boss@guardian.co.uk . Also, if you've nothing better to do you can also tweet the Fiver . Today's winner of our prizeless letter o' the day prize is: Nick Drew. JOIN GUARDIAN SOULMATES We keep trying to point out the utter futility of advertising an online dating service "for interesting people" in the Fiver to the naive folk who run Guardian Soulmates, but they still aren't having any of it. So here you go – sign up here to view profiles of the kind of erudite, sociable and friendly romantics who would never dream of going out with you. BITS AND BOBS Wilfried Bony, em, has joined Swansea

Vice All News Time11 July 2013 17:18:11