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Virgin Media Fights The Great English Football Swindle

by | 30th, September 2014

Newspaper tycoon Rupert Murdoch (left) and millionaire businessman Alan Sugar hold a model of the Astra Satellite at a London press conference, where Mr Murdoch announced he had signed a 10-year lease for three new satellite channels. Mr Sugar's Amstrad company is to manufacture a satellite dish and receiver aimed at the mass market. Ref #: PA.6164629  Date: 08/06/1988


FOOTBALL and money have a troubled relationship.

On one hand, the huge sums of money that changes hands in the game bring some of the most brilliant footballers to the English leagues. A lot of cash is brought in by the Premier League and, with that, we’ve seen an improvement in stadiums, personnel and from a technical point of view, even the coverage is better (there’s no accounting for taste when it comes to your chosen commentator).

However, alongside the benefits are huge problems. With clubs trying to keep up with the Joneses, many hit huge financial difficulty and tickets prices to watch English sides are some of the highest in Europe. All football fans know the stats about how little it costs to watch German teams at the top of their table, compared with Championship (and lower) clubs.

And now, even the TV companies are worried about it.

Virgin Media has asked broadcast regulator Ofcom to open an investigation into the way that the Premier League sells their TV rights to live football games.

Virgin reckon that the auction process is driving up prices

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