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Scorpions lose close contest to unbeaten PrideScorpions lose close contest to unbeaten Pride

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):Jamaica Scorpions suffered their second loss in three outings after Barbados Pride snatched a dramatic one-wicket win in a compelling low-scoring contest under lights at Kensington Oval here Monday.Erratic Scorpions could only muster a disappointing 190 all out after they opted to bat first and Pride then scraped home with two overs left, to notch their third straight win and continue on top of Group B.The visitors appeared favourites to grab the points when they reduced Pride to 143 for eight in the 38th over, with all the leading batsmen already removed.But the tail wagged with Man-of-the-Match Kemar Roach striking a gutsy 23 off 31 balls in an invaluable 42-run ninth wicket partnership with Ashley Nurse who made an unbeaten 21.Sulieman Benn, who finished unbeaten on two, joined Nurse and together they calmly levelled the scores, before the West Indies left-arm spinner pushed speedster Renard Leveridge down the ground for the winning runs, off the last ball of the 48th over.BATTING BLUSTERShane Dowrich had earlier top-scored with 40 while Roston Chase also chipped in with 23 but Pride’s usual batting bluster deserted them and they never came to grips with the tricky run chase.Once again, former West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor made things difficult by claiming three for 38 from his ten overs while new ball partner, rookie Renard Leveridge, was outstanding with two for 35 from his ten.Campbell supported with two for 33 from six overs.Scorpions had earlier needed Rovman Powell’s aggressive 74 to rebound from the threat of total collapse and get up to their eventual score.Slumping badly at 97 for six in the 28th over, Scorpions were boosted by Powell’s bravado, as the right-hander smashed three fours and six sixes in a stroke-filled 79-ball knock.He helped put on 77 for the seventh wicket with Damion Jacobs, whose 31 came from 47 balls and included four fours.last_img read more

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Korean-American residents hoping old foes will bury the hatchet at lastKorean-American residents hoping old foes will bury the hatchet at last

first_imgThe optimism was echoed by Korean-Americans in the Koreatown area west of downtown Los Angeles, which is home to 200,000 Koreans. At a Koreatown driving range, golf pro Hun Park said a peace treaty would be a welcome boon to next year’s Beijing Olympics. “Wouldn’t it make a great statement for the opening ceremony?” Park said. “Korea’s joint team to be emblematic of the two Koreas finding their way to come together?” Coming to L.A. Many Korean-Americans who now make their homes in L.A. emigrated in the wake of the Korean War, including families such as that of Jane Kim Chang, 46, of Porter Ranch. “My father fought in the Korean War and didn’t like what happened (afterward),” said Chang, former president of the Valley Korean American Parents Association. “He didn’t want his son to go through what he had gone through, so he brought us all to America.” In the San Fernando Valley, Korean-Americans have largely settled in Northridge, Granada Hills and Chatsworth, where good schools were a magnet for education-conscious Koreans like Chang. An artist, she has a fine-arts degree from UCLA. Her oldest child is an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. “I hope this is just the first step of interacting between North Korea and South Korea and of them working together,” she said. “They should be working hand in hand.” Some local Korean-Americans said that in addition to the economic and nuclear ramifications of the agreement, the deal will have a strong emotional impact. “So many families have been separated for generations because of the way Korea has been divided,” said Kim Lee, a spa owner in Koreatown. “There are entire families in the South who have never known their relatives in the North.” In the 54 years after an armistice ended the Korean War, two profoundly different Koreas have evolved – a democratic South that is a world economic power buttressed by 28,000 American troops on its soil, and an impoverished, totalitarian North. Steps toward peace But North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun signed their peace agreement after three days of meetings in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, in only the second such summit between the countries. The two Koreas “agreed to closely cooperate to end military hostility and ensure peace and easing of tension on the Korean peninsula,” according to their statement. Substantive progress on any peace treaty would require the participation of the U.S. and China, which also fought in the conflict. South Korea never signed the 1953 armistice ending the war. The United States already has pledged to discuss peace, but has insisted that any final settlement would be contingent on Pyongyang’s total nuclear disarmament. The summit ended a day after an agreement between North Korea and the U.S. – along with other regional powers at China-hosted arms talks – in which Pyongyang promised to disable its main nuclear facilities and fully declare its nuclear programs by Dec. 31. Many Korean-Americans in L.A. said they believed today’s global economy made it inevitable that the two governments would eventually sign a peace and economic agreement. “South Korea has too much to offer – it could only be to the advantage (of North Korea),” said Justin Shim, a store manager in Reseda. “This is a first step of maybe many steps. The future is very promising.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A historic pledge by North and South Korean leaders Thursday to bring peace to the two countries was greeted with optimism by local Korean-Americans, who hope a long-awaited reconciliation is in sight to unite a country divided by war more than a half-century ago. “Korea is a great country, and peace will go a long way in the world seeing its greatness,” said Carolyn Moon, operator of an organic health store in a Korean shopping center in Reseda. Leaders of the two countries vowed to bring peace by seeking talks with China and the United States to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War. The agreement came at the end of only the second summit between the divided Koreas, where war ended with an armistice and created what is now the last bastion of the Cold War. It also came just a day after North Korea signed on to an international deal to disable its nuclear facilities. “I don’t pay attention to politics and politicians,” said Soo Oh of Woodland Hills, manager of the receiving area at a supermarket in the Reseda shopping center, “but this seems to have promise.” “This raises hope. Let’s hope they don’t disappoint.” Some Korean-Americans especially expressed hope for the disabling of North Korea’s nuclear facilities – which the country has promised to do after decades of moving to become a nuclear power. “It is a good sign for world peace,” Moon said. last_img read more

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DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS TALKING SPORT WITH FORMER DONEGAL MANAGER JOHN JOE DOHERTYDDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS TALKING SPORT WITH FORMER DONEGAL MANAGER JOHN JOE DOHERTY

first_imgDDTV: Voice of Sport Charlie Collins interviews former Donegal manager John Joe Doherty in the latest of his interviews.John Joe says that Jim McGuinness and Rory Gallagher would have felt very lonely, especially during the second half defeat to Mayo.Click to play and hear the full interview.  DDTV: CHARLIE COLLINS TALKING SPORT WITH FORMER DONEGAL MANAGER JOHN JOE DOHERTY was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie CollinsDonegal MayoJim McGuinnessJohn Joe DohertyRory Gallagherlast_img read more

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UPDATE: ORANGE ALERT EXTENDED, BUT DONEGAL ESCAPES WORST OF STORMUPDATE: ORANGE ALERT EXTENDED, BUT DONEGAL ESCAPES WORST OF STORM

first_imgAN Orange Alert weather warning has been extended in Donegal until 6pm.Wind will subside later tonight with temperatures then falling to between -1 and +2 degrees with widespread sharp or severe frost with icy stretches on untreated surfaces.Nationally ESB Networks has now restored supply to over 55,000 homes during the day, at this time there are approximately 15,000 without supply. At the moment we have over 1400 individual faults and while our crews will continue to work into the late evening, however some damage requires more extensive construction work to be carried out. This means that unfortunately, some customers – around 5,500 – will be without supply overnight. We will have more information on these areas by 6pm. However customers who have medical conditions, are living alone or are elderly, may need to make alternative arrangements overnight. A general update for areas:The south west and west continues to be the most severely affected with over 400 separate faults. We have 1,500 customers without supply in Bandon and 2,500 in Killarney. We estimate that about 2000 customers in the South West may be out overnight. The worst affected locations are Kenmare, Castlemaine. Woodford and Milltown and Tarbert. Tralee has Ballybunion , Moyvane and Tarbert affected. We also have isolated pockets with small numbers of customers affected.Newcastlewest and Ennis also have a large number of customers without power and it is unlikely that all of these will have power restored today.In the South East, the large fault in Arklow and Avoca has now been repaired and only a small number of customers remain without power. The North, North West and North East are less affected however some customers in Mullingar, Cavan and Dundalk remain without power. However we are continuing to work on these this evening. There is also a fault in Louisburgh.In the Dublin/Kildare area, the original fault in Naas was repaired however a new fault in Naas town is currently being assessed. Our crews are continuing to work to restore supply to Howth, Clontarf and Ratheny and hope to have power restored this evening. We are continuing to work on a fault in Shankill.We are re-deploying crews from areas less affected to help those locations experiencing more extensive damage.ESB Networks has asked that only customers who are able to report the location of damage to the electricity network should call on 1850 372 999.ESB Networks has asked that only customers who are able to report the location of damage to the electricity network should call on 1850 372 999. Customers are therefore requested, where possible, to check PowerCheck online at; http://www.esbpowercheck.ie or download the PowerCheck app to their mobile phone to see if the fault has been logged before contacting the call centre.ESB Networks is asking customers to report any fallen wires or emergency situations to 1850 372 999. Network Technicians are working as hard as possible to reach all customers as quickly as possible.ESB Networks is reminding customers of the precautionary measures to take in the event of a power cut:never approach broken lines or damaged poles, and keep children and animals away – report damage to ESB Networks on 1850 372 999 and listen to recorded messages carefully if you are using a generator, be careful where you site it in case of carbon monoxide poisoningturn off electric cookers, ovens, irons, etc. if electricity supply is lostleave a light switched on so you know when power has been restoredtake extra care if using candles, oil lamps or other naked flamestest smoke alarms with fresh batteriesensure adequate ventilation if using gas heaters.customers should also ensure they have batteries for radiosUPDATE: ORANGE ALERT EXTENDED, BUT DONEGAL ESCAPES WORST OF STORM was last modified: December 27th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ESBorange alertstiormupdatelast_img read more

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SA looking at ‘new ways of growing’SA looking at ‘new ways of growing’

first_img17 Febuary 2010 The government is looking at new ways to boost economic growth and job creation as South Africa emerges from the global economic recession, says Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. “The recent crisis and its aftermath have led to a serious introspection and rethinking of what were thought to be robust and superior economic models,” Gordhan said during his maiden Budget Speech in Parliament, Cape Town on Wednesday. He said all South Africans shared a commitment to expand job creation and grow the economy. Most pressing was the need to reduce joblessness among young South Africans, to support labour-intensive industries through industrial policy interventions, to improve the performance of the state, and to ensure that the country maintained a competitive exchange rate and low inflation rate.New industrial policy Other interventions that the government would look at in supporting growth and employment were skills development, public employment and rural development programmes, as well as initiatives to improve the country’s savings level and ensure a more inclusive labour market. Gordhan said the new industrial policy developed by the Department of Trade and Industry and recently approved by Cabinet would help make the economy a more inclusive one. The 2010/11 Budget sets aside an additional R3.6-billion for industrial policy initiatives. The government was looking at ways to promote the country as an attractive gateway for businesses looking to extend their operations into Africa. Youth wage subsidy under consideration A youth wage subsidy, as announced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation address last week, was also being considered, the aim being to raise employment among school leavers by a further 500 000 by 2013. “Our preliminary estimate is that about 800 000 people will qualify [for this subsidy,” Gordhan said. Treasury Director-General Lesetja Kganyago said in a media briefing before the Budget Speech that the idea was for the South African Revenue Service to pay the wage subsidy to 18- to 24-year-olds during their first two years of employment. Kganyago said the National Treasury would release a document in March which would clarify the scope of the proposed wage subsidy. The unemployment rate among South Africa’s 18 to 24-year-olds currently stands at 48.2 percent. About three-million young people do not have work. Other job creation measures In its Budget Review, the government said that it was also looking at other ways of increasing youth employment, including reducing the probationary period for young workers, gearing learnership allowances to act as incentives for hiring youngsters, and installing a specific minimum wage for young people. South Africa’s economy is forecast to grow by 2.3 percent in 2010, recovering to 3.6 percent by 2012. According to the National Treasury, an economic growth rate of six percent a year would create one-million more jobs than growth of 3.5 percent a year, reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 13.8 percent compared with 19.8 percent at the lower growth rate. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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ICC World Twenty20: PCB stops women’s team from travelling to IndiaICC World Twenty20: PCB stops women’s team from travelling to India

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has stopped its national women’s team from going to India until it gets written security assurances and guarantees for the World T20 in India.PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said that the women’s team was scheduled to leave for India on Tuesday afternoon. (World T20: Pakistan cricket team’s arrival delayed until security clearance) “But their departure has now been put on hold as we are in touch with the government on the security issues in India,” he said.Khan said that they were also still waiting visas for the women’s team which will also take part in the ICC World T20 for women being held simultaneously with the men’s competition.The PCB chief said that the women’s team departure has been put off until they get written assurances about the security provision for the Pakistan teams in India.A three-member team constituted by the Pakistan government will depart for India on Monday to assess the security arrangements for the national team for the World T20 cricket tournament beginning next week.The Pakistan men’s team was scheduled to depart for India by Thursday but they too have delayed the departure of their cricketers until the security delegation gives clearance.last_img read more

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Apoel top group after impressive win over OlympiacosApoel top group after impressive win over Olympiacos

first_imgApoel secured top spot in Group B of the Europa League with an impressive 2-0 win over Olympiacos at the GSP stadium in Nicosia on Thursday night, which means they will go into Monday’s draw as a seeded team.Pieros Sotiriou’s perseverance created havoc in the Olympiacos backline early in the first half, leading to Manuel Da Costa diverting the ball into his own net, before Igor De Camargo’s late strike put the game beyond any doubt.Apoel went into the match knowing that a draw would be enough, while the Greek champions needed to win to climb above their neighbours. The Cypriots, however, looked in no mood to sit back and defend.Stathis Aloneftis has been in fine form since gaining his spot in the starting line-up and it was his crossing ability that led to the first good chance of the game. His long range pass into the Olympiacos box first had to be cleared by the defence and, from the resulting corner, picked out Sotiriou who headed over the bar.Aloneftis then had a decent chance himself, but volleyed way over the bar from Facundo Bertoglio’s cross.The visitors, in need of the three points, were playing a high line in an attacking setup but it proved their undoing on 20 minutes when Nektarios Alexandrou’s lofted pass over the top found Sotiriou, who flicked the ball over the onrushing keeper, with the ball landing on the head of Da Costa and eventually crawling into the net.The game was played at a frantic pace with both sides constantly springing fast counter-attacks. Just before the break, Olympiacos should have been level when Konstantinos Fortounis’ corner picked out Bruno Viana all alone just outside the six-yard box but the defender’s header could only find the outside of the post.Olympiacos started the second half on the front foot, with Brown Ideye going close with an effort from outside the box on the turn. Another long range strike quickly followed, this time from Fortounis, bringing Boy Waterman into action with a decent stop.Giannis Gianniotas, the man on loan from Olympiacos, came off the bench just before the hour mark and so nearly made an instant impact. The Greek winger curled in a pinpoint cross for Sotiriou but the striker was unable to sort out his feet to get a solid connection on the ball and a golden chance went begging.It was from that point on that Apoel retreated as they sought to hold on to their lead of the game, and the group.But just when Olympiacos began to pile on the pressure, Apoel sprung a perfect counter attack to put the game beyond doubt. Gianniotas broke forward at pace before picking out Nuno Morais on the right wing who then laid the ball on a plate for substitute De Camargo for an easy tap in to make it 2-0.Waterman was called into action on a few occasions in the last few minutes while Giorgos Merkis also made a goal-line clearance, but Apoel held on to secure a famous victory and end Group B on 12 points, four above their Greek counterparts in second.Apoel will find out their opponents for their last-32 tie on Monday, and topping the group means they will avoid some of the tournament’s bigger clubs. The first leg of the knockout tie will be on February 16.Results from the Europa League on Thursday:Feyenoord 0Fenerbahce 1FK Qarabag 1Fiorentina 2PAOK Salonika 2Slovan Liberec 0Osmanlispor 2FC Zurich 0Villarreal 2Steaua Bucharest 1Young Boys 3Astana 0Mainz 2FK Qabala 0Anderlecht 2Saint-Etienne 3AZ Alkmaar 3Zenit 2Maccabi Tel Aviv 2Dundalk 1Astra Giurgiu 0Roma 0Viktoria Plzen 3Austria Vienna 2SassuoloGenk (match abandoned)Rapid Vienna 1Athletic Bilbao 1Konyaspor 0KAA Gent 1Sporting Braga 2Shakhtar Donetsk 4Inter Milan 2Sparta Prague 1Southampton 1Hap. Be’er Sheva 1Panathinaikos 0Celta Vigo 2Standard Liege 1Ajax 1Red Bull Salzburg 2Schalke 0Nice 2FK Krasnodar 1Source: cyprus-mail.comTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Finger spinners need to reinvent to remain relevant in ODIs: HarbhajanFinger spinners need to reinvent to remain relevant in ODIs: Harbhajan

first_imgSenior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh feels Ravindra Jadeja is still in with a chance to make India’s World Cup squad on the back of his all-round skills but to survive purely as a finger spinner, he will have to improvise.Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have become India’s preferred choices in the shorter formats over the last 18 months, while Jadeja and R Ashwin have gone down in the pecking order.Harbhajan, who has played three 50-over World Cups including two finals, is still not ready to count Jadeja out even though he was not a part of the playing XI during the just-concluded ODIs in New Zealand.”If you remember, during the 2017 Champions Trophy, the weather in UK was hot and humid. So, if conditions are same, Jadeja could still be used as a package, if the opposition team has five to six right-handers in their line-up. Play him as No.6 with Hardik Pandya as No.7. Also he is still your best fielder,” Harbhajan told PTI during an exclusive interview.One of the finest off-spinners of his generation, Harbhajan agreed that finger spinners’ stocks are down compared to wrist spinners.”It’s simple, wrist spinners have three basic variations. Leg-break, googly (wrong-un) and the flipper. If you add top spinner, which is rarely used in ODIs, it becomes four,” the 38-year-old with 417 Tests and 269 ODI wickets, said.”Now come to an off-spinner. If you don’t have an effective doosra, the off-breaks become predictable and good batsmen will line you up for slogging. Even Nathan Lyon was struggling in the ODIs and he is a classical off-break bowler.advertisement”Unless you have the ball that leaves the right-hander, it is very difficult to dislodge the leg-spinners from shorter formats.”Quality of batting against spin on the decline: HarbhajanThe veteran also feels that worldwide, there has been a decline in the quality of batting against spin bowling, especially the wrist spinners.”The art of reading the spinners out of the hand is on the decline. Most of the overseas batsmen, if you see, are trying to read wrist spinners after pitching and that’s dangerous,” he lamented.”However, Kuldeep and Chahal have been very consistent. Just check their pitch map through the 40-odd games and the length has been very accurate. But unlike Indian batsmen, who are masters at reading the hands, it is not the case with most of the overseas batsmen,” Harbhajan explained.”I will give you an example. Kuldeep and Chahal would have had a tough time if they had to bowl to Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as both are very good players of spin bowling.”But Rohit has had his share of problems against leg-spinners?”Yes, that’s just in a few IPL games during initial overs of an innings. If it’s a 50-over match and a player of Rohit’s calibre is batting against the wrist spinners, he has that quality that he will hit him to any part of the ground. Whenever and wherever he wants to.””Or for that matter Gautam Gambhir, who is another terrific player of spin bowling. He was such a fabulous player as he would watch it from the hand and play late with the spin,” he reasoned.Kedar Jadhav has been India’s specialist finger spinner in the 50-over format during the past two years (when not injured) and his low bounce makes him a useful bowler, said Harbhajan.”Kedar’s low bounce makes him a difficult bowler. In any case, he is short and with that side-arm action, the balls keep very low. He grips the ball in such a way that, it would never hit the seam and so there won’t be true bounce available to hit the deliveries through the line.”The ball will never hit the ‘sweet spot’ of the bat and so the batsman will not get the required elevation,” he signed off.Also Read | Excited to test New Zealand’s bench strength in T20 series against India: WilliamsonAlso Read | ‘Hardik Pandya was disturbed by Koffee with Karan row but he learnt from his mistake’Also See:last_img read more

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Manchester City to play pre-season match in Japan against MarinosManchester City to play pre-season match in Japan against Marinos

first_imgManchester City will play a pre-season match in Japan for the first time when they take on J League side Yokohama F. Marinos on July 27, the Premier League champions said on Wednesday.City Football Group (CFG) owns a majority stake in City and a minority stake in the Marinos, and the two teams will play in the inaugural EuroJapan Cup.”We are delighted to announce Manchester City’s first ever match in Japan. The club has a passionate fan base there and we are excited at the prospect of playing in front of these fans for the first time,” club COO Omar Berrada said in a statement.”This will also be a special moment for City Football Group as Manchester City and Yokohama F. Marinos come together to play each other in a match that will provide Pep (Guardiola) and his team with great preparation for the upcoming season.”The club will announce further fixtures for their pre-season Asian tour in the coming weeks.Also Watch:last_img read more

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Sky and BT are paying less but the Premier League bubble has not burstSky and BT are paying less but the Premier League bubble has not burst

first_imgThe deals put the Premier League already at around 90% of the current £5.13bn, with two remaining packages to be sold. These two are experimental, seemingly designed to attract an internet platform: all 10 matches on the fixture list can be broadcast simultaneously, four different times per season.Talk of the bubble bursting overlooks that these concluded sales are only for UK broadcast. Overseas rights sales are still to be sealed, in a global village whose populations are engaging with ever-increasing interest in the English top flight’s spectacle of multinational stars. The Premier League has let it be known that it has already sold rights in China, the US, South Africa and Brazil, and expects international sales to more than cover the domestic gap. The rights in China are said to have been sold for $700m, 10 times the amount received for the 2016-19 seasons.Domestically, while the £4.464bn committed is a dip, that £5.1bn was a dramatic, 70% increase on the previous £3bn paid by Sky and BT Sport for 2013-16, and every deal before that. In historical terms, the 2019-22 money is huge, £3.579bn paid by Sky for the prime-time packages and to maintain its “Super Sunday” dominance. This is in-your-face evidence that in a non-stop blizzard of media and internet content, live top-flight football remains a solid landmark, central to pay-TV companies’ ability to maintain subscribers.Sky’s huge commitment is still £199m less than it paid for its current rights, but that is thought to be due to BT Sport deciding to stick with what it has, no longer trying to establish itself by paying hugely to blow Sky out of the water. BT Sport is still paying £885m, for only 32 Saturday matches per season kicking off at 12.30pm, none of which will be “first picks”. That is not far down from the £960m the company paid last time – which bought it 10 more matches per season. Share on Twitter Share on Facebook An assessment of the near-£4.5bn committed to Premier League clubs for live UK televising of their matches from 2019‑22 can be assisted by adapting a famous old quip: reports of football’s bubble bursting are greatly exaggerated.True, this £4.464bn to 20 football clubs, on which Sky and BT Sport will aim to make profits by charging supporters subscriptions, is approximately £500m less than the record £5.13bn the two broadcasters paid last time for the 2016-19 rights. But it does not look like the beginning of the end for the money feast for clubs, their owners, managers, players and agents, which they have been served up for 25 years by making supporters pay to watch football on television. features Sky Sports Share on WhatsApp BT Sport, after it failed to supplant Sky’s near-monopoly hold on Premier League live matches, turned instead to buy up Uefa’s Champions League rights exclusively. It vastly increased the £400m previously being paid by Sky and ITV, and took the Champions League off terrestrial, free-to-air television for the first time. It must have considered that it worked to haul subscribers in, and renewed again last year, paying £1.2bn to Uefa for the rights to broadcast matches in the 2018-21 seasons.People wondering if the bubble is bursting are forgetting the history, and the companies which tried before to vault their fortunes on the backs of football subscribers. ITV Digital and Setanta went bust; ESPN did not persist. BT is a £24bn revenue behemoth still founded on the original nationalised telephone infrastructure, whose main business is mobile phone and broadband. It has seen pay-TV as a strategic way to attract subscribers, and built BT Sport into a credible broadcaster with a generally good sports package, not too reliant on archive or obscure filler. With that achieved, BT Sport said it was being “financially disciplined” not to bid for the prime Premier League rights this time, hence the dip in competition. Football remains about the only content people are near-guaranteed to fork out for when a subscription becomes required Sports rights Topics Share on LinkedIn BT Sport Share on Messenger Television industry Sky plc Read more Football, with its crowds of avid supporters, remains what Sky discovered the hard way before 1992: about the only content which brings people so loyal they are near-guaranteed to fork out when a subscription becomes required. Rupert Murdoch described sport in 1996 as a “battering ram” for the expansion of Sky, and so it has been.The very founding purpose of the breakaway by the Football League’s First Division clubs to form the Premier League in 1992 was to sell their TV rights for dramatically more than they did previously to free-to-air ITV, and not to share the bonanza with the clubs in the three lower divisions. The deal just concluded means not one top-flight English match will be shown live on terrestrial TV for fully 30 years since then. Some supporters might still lament that football is the people’s game, and their loyalties should not be so comprehensively sold behind a paywall, but the battering ram flattened that view a long time ago. Read more Sky and BT Sport retain grip on Premier League rights but TV frenzy cools Share via Email What the Premier League TV deal means for you: key questions answered Share on Pinterest Premier League Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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