Football’s Year Zero Mk II

BY JAMIE WHITEHEAD

Saturday’s announcement from BT Sport that exclusive coverage of the Champions League and Europa League had been secured sent shock waves through UK based armchair fans.

The deal, which saw the telecoms provider pay £897 million for three years (2015-18), left football fans polarised on the announcement. BT’s deal to customers, at preset, offers free access to BT Sport 1, BT Sport 2 and ESPN via the Freeview platform provided you are already a BT Broadband customer. The channels are also carried on the satellite platform at no extra cost for the upgrade. For supporters who have already subscribed to the Pay Television option, nothing needs to change, all 350 games are available in one place, at no extra cost. The present television licensing deal (which will expire at the end of the 2014/15 season) sees ITV (a free-to-air channel in the United Kingdom) have the first…

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