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SBD Global/July 31, 2013/Media

EPL's Richard Scudamore Says Broadcasters Access To Dressing Rooms 'Unlikely'

Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore believes it is "highly unlikely" there will ever be regular dressing-room access for broadcasters at games, according to Jamie Jackson of the London GUARDIAN. BT Sport, which paid £738M ($1.1B) to broadcast 38 live games, recently made public its desire for dressing-room access during broadcasts. Asked if access for TV cameras would ever be granted, Scudamore said, "It's highly unlikely. We've had a media access working group working on this topic for the last 18 months." He added, "I think there should be better access for media for managers and players and I think it's one of the regrets that we can't provide more access. But the slightly gimmicky idea of locker-room access -- I'm not sure that's necessarily a good idea." BT Exec Producer Grant Best claimed that access to Premier League changing rooms "could happen but Sky Sports would have to join the lobbying." Best, who "was a match director at Sky for 15 years in between two spells working in the US for ESPN, where such access is normal," said, "There are a number of areas where we're talking to clubs to try to get access" (GUARDIAN, 7/30).
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