- ECB planning to bring forward bidding for TV packages from 2021 onwards
- Fall-out between Sky and BT over football packages likely to lead to bidding war
- Sky more determined than ever to keep cricket coverage on their channels
- BT looking to increase investment in cricket after winning Australian rights
England cricket looks likely to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the UEFA decision on Monday to award monopoly TV rights for the Champions League and the Europa League to BT Sport in a £1.2billion deal.
The England and Wales Cricket Board are hoping to take full advantage of the TV football fall-out by going to market as early as this summer to sell their rights in various packages from 2021 onwards, including the flagship T20 tournament.
Sky will be that much more determined to win most if not all of that cricket content having lost out to BT Sport for the Champions League.
Sky Sports will be more determined than ever to keep England cricket away from BT Sport
The ECB will be selling various TV packages from Twenty20 to Test cricket from 2021 onwards
The ECB are also guaranteed a competitive tender as BT are still keen on more cricket rights, having spent £80million on Australian cricket over five years, primarily in order to cover the Ashes Down Under next winter.
Meanwhile, Sky are ditching their coverage of speedway’s Elite League. It is another hammer blow for the sport after a botched opening of a speedway-specific stadium in Manchester that is now in financial difficulty and the closing of the Coventry track. The one hope for British speedway is that BT will pick up the rights.
Minister of Sport Tracey Crouch and FA chairman Greg Clarke have reformed the governing body to a far greater extent than their predecessors.
Crouch’s threat to withdraw £30m of grass-roots funding if the FA did not make changes, plus Clarke’s more diplomatic approach with his councillors, has led to a list of reforms which are on course to be passed by FA shareholders in May.
The FA will bring in a 10-strong board with three women, term limits of nine years and published director remuneration.
The Council will have 11 new members drawn from all quarters of the game replacing entrenched life vice presidents who will keep their perks but have no vote. Any future councillors will have to hold an active role in the football organisation they represent.
Greg Clarke’s diplomatic approach has led to a list of reforms on course to be rubber-stamped
Julie Harrington’s appointment as chief executive of besieged British Cycling will give the FA a considerable problem as to who takes over from her running Wembley Stadium.
Roger Maslin and Lindsey Jackson, both more than capable of doing the job, were casualties of the FA redundancy process.
The internal front runner for the vacancy, Liam Boylan, recently appointed stadium general manager, did not enjoy being made the scapegoat for the FA Cup final kicking off late last season because of the stage being cleared after Tinie Tempah’s performance.
Julie Harrington left the Football Association to become chief executive of British Cycling
Harry Redknapp was the other main contender for the England manager’s job when it went to Roy Hodgson.
But he is not the ‘former England captain’ as Princess Cruises are labelling their celebrity speaker for one of their trips taking in football strongholds Southampton, Barcelona, Rome, Florence, Genoa and Marseille.
Trash talk never rang true
This column suggested before their epic fight that heavyweights David Haye and Tony Bellew had a much better relationship than their idiotic trash talk suggested.
The prolonged embraces at the end of the contest only reinforced just how fake the manufactured build-up had been.
David Haye and Tony Bellew had a much better relationship than their trash talk suggested
The FA want to lose their long-standing ‘arrogant’ reputation but they may have taken a risk in holding their rules-making four-course IFAB official dinner at the elitist Harrow School, featuring its own branded champagne and wines.
There was also a presentation about the school’s links with the game’s first law makers, speeches from the headmaster as well as former housemaster and referee chief David Elleray, plus miniature straw boaters as gifts.
But FIFA, and especially demanding home nations delegates, judged it a resounding success.
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