BBC MOTD could possibly be taken off air as rivals eye £211m Premier League package deal
RIVAL broadcasters might try to pinch the Premier League rights from the BBC and drive Match of the Break day air, in response to reviews.
The BBC pay £211million to point out the highlights programme.
And after controversy relating to host Gary Lineker‘s impartiality on social media, which led to him being suspended after which reinstated, different channels are conscious they might swoop in to purchase the much-loved present.
Prem chief Richard Masters not too long ago confirmed that the bidding for it is TV rights to homeland broadcasters would start this yr.
There was no battle for rights for 3 years as all firms agreed to proceed their packages through the pandemic.
The Telegraph report that the competitors this time will probably be “fiercer than it has been for years”.
They report Prem sources as saying the Lineker fall-out could have no bearing on future offers.
ITV haven’t proven viewers Premier League soccer since 2004 when an ill-fated present was axed, leaving the BBC as the one terrestrial channel to have it.
No choice on whether or not to bid for MOTD has been made by ITV bosses.
Reviews counsel that they want to increase their streaming service ITVX and the soccer programme might help with them doing so.
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Channel 4 additionally wish to increase their sports activities protection after not too long ago buying England matches within the Nations League and so they might enter the race.
Rumours that Lineker might give up the BBC over the impartiality row have relaxed, but his deal does expire in 2025 and in the event that they have been to lose rights his future might once more be unsure.
Moreover, the Premier League have dominated out scrapping the 3pm blackout, the place matches kicking-off at the moment should not televised.
This might open one other alternative for broadcasters of the EFL and European soccer.