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Sky Sports Surrenders La Liga Rights To BT Sport After Spending £11M For Each EPL Game

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 08 / 03 / 15

A further sign that Sky Sports "massively overspent" in paying £11M a match for its Premier League coverage is the fact it "ceded the Spanish football contract to arch-rivals BT Sport without a fight," according to Charles Sale of the London DAILY MAIL. Sky "made a far bigger first-round offer...

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Glazer's ManU Legacy Examined

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BT Gets Pre-Wimbledon Tournaments

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Football League Draws Up 'B' League Plan

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Qatar World Cup Architects Shortlisted

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Adidas Launches Campaign In London

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EPL Clubs Miss Out On TV Distribution

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ManU Owner Malcolm Glazer Dies At 85

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Scottish Rugby Confirms BT Sponsorship

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Cellino Agrees Cagliari Sale To U.S. Group

Serie A side Cagliari President Massimo Cellino "has agreed to sell" the club to an unnamed U.S. investment fund, according to Brian Homewood of REUTERS. Cellino, who bought control of League Championship club Leeds United in April, said that "it was up to the new owners to fight with the local bure ...

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Ex-Leeds Official Accused Of Embezzlement

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