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SBD Global/July 9, 2012/Franchises
New Divisions Appear As Rangers Await Verdict On Their Fate
Published July 9, 2012
BROADCAST PRESSURE: In N.Y., Rob Hughes reported that players on the Rangers' multinational squad are being "advised that they do not need to regard as binding the contracts that were taken over by the new Rangers' consortium." Those players include three Americans -- Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya. The Americans "are important because broadcaster FOX acquired the U.S. TV rights to the SPL in March." FOX will say only that it is "evaluating its options." However, it is clear that a Scottish league without the Old Firm -- the historically dominant Rangers-Celtic match-up -- "is not what FOX and other broadcasters signed up for." The feeling is that TV companies would "tolerate one year, but not more," without the Rangers. With that in mind, the 30 lower-division clubs "are being pressured" to allow the Rangers to parachute into the First Division of the SFL (N.Y. TIMES, 7/5).