BBC Scotland, Scottish Premier League Agree To New TV, Radio, Online Deal
BBC Scotland "has agreed a new three-year deal" with the Scottish Premier League beginning in '13-14 to cover matches across TV, radio and online, according to the BBC. The deal allows BBC Scotland to "broadcast TV highlights on Sportscene, cover matches live on BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound and publish match highlights on the BBC Sport website." Live TV match coverage is provided by Sky, and beginning this summer BT Vision will take over ESPN's rights until '17 (BBC, 5/2). SCOTZINE's Andy Muirhead reported there is "no news on how much the deal is worth." The deal "will also see BBC Scotland provide" up to 10 live radio commentaries every season of Rangers' games and publish match highlights online. However, "there is some consternation among Scottish Football fans and the product produced" to cover games. Many "have criticised the format and lack of quality punditry on Sportscene, along with limited highlights and the failure to air post match interviews with players, managers and even in-depth analysis" (SCOTZINE, 5/3).