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....Earlier this month BT, which is set to introduce inflation-busting price rises for its customers, denied that it is forcing them to foot the bill to pay for its new £1. 2bn Champions League football rights deal. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 02:35:18 PM
....Earlier this month BT, which is set to introduce inflation-busting price rises for its customers, denied that it is forcing them to foot the bill to pay for its new £1. 2bn Champions League football rights deal. ...
Does BT's Openreach deal mean faster broadband or higher prices? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 01:21:25 PM
.... The suspicion is that consumers are subsidising fatcat Premier League wages as the telecom companies seek to recoup the massive outlay they have paid to acquire television rights – with this week’s £1. 2bn renewal of Champions League rights the latest major investment. ...
BT Openreach deal could pave way for cheaper, faster broadband image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 10th of March 2017 07:32:13 AM
....The deal with Ofcom marks two victories in a week for Patterson – following the renewal of a £1. 2bn deal for exclusive Champions League rights for a further three years – who has endured a torrid few months. ...
BT denies squeezing customers after paying £1.2bn for Champions League image
....BT has denied customers are being forced to foot the bill for its £1. 2bn Champions League football rights deal as it imposes inflation-busting price rises for its broadband and phone services. ...
Champions League: BT extends TV rights until 2021 in deal worth £1.2bn image
. BT Sport has extended its TV rights for the Champions League and Europa League until 2021 in a deal worth £1. ...
BT chief attacks rampant price rises for TV sports rights image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 2nd of March 2017 02:48:02 PM
. The chief executive of BT has said that rampant inflation in the prices paid for TV sports rights must come to an end, as the telecoms giant takes on rival Sky in the £1bn-plus battle for Champions League football. ...
Giggs and Neville skyscrapers 'threaten Manchester's heritage' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 09:00:37 AM
....Nicky Butt: Butt is the only Class of 92 graduate who retains a full-time role at Old Trafford, where he is head of the club’s youth set-up. The former midfielder was appointed head of academy in February last year after 12 years at the club, in which time he won six Premier League titles, two FA Cups and a Champions League. ...
BT fires opening shot at Sky in new Champions League rights battle image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 29th of January 2017 05:43:28 PM
. BT has fired the first shot in the battle for Champions League football, saying it is determined to keep a grip on the TV rights to European football’s blue-riband club competition and accusing arch-rival Sky of having too much dominance over pay-TV sports. ...
Sky to offer full TV service without a dish for the first time image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of January 2017 08:31:45 AM
.... We always look incrementally at where we might seek to invest and get better. We go into Champions League renewal from a position of strength across all our markets. ...
Wimbledon was the most attended UK sport event in 2016 image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of December 2016 09:14:01 AM
.... The Cheltenham Festival was boosted by the opening of a £45m redevelopment and overtook the ATP World Tour Finals to claim fourth place. Major sporting events in the UK next year include the UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff, the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in multiple venues, and the IAAF World Championship athletics in London. ...
Not black and white image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 9th of December 2016 09:30:13 PM
....Francois Gendrot, international research manager at Paris-based Eurodata TV Worldwide/Mediametrie, says that when looking at the wider picture of big marquee sports events across Europe he does not believe sports viewing on TV is declining. "Of course there are more and more pay-TV channels, and rights are transferring there, such as with BT and the Champions League in the UK, for example," he says. ...
Like a football manager, remainers can only see the other team's fouls image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 4th of December 2016 01:05:48 PM
.... In 1973, membership looked like an opportunity to join the big league: Leicester City having the chance to play Real Madrid. Remain supporters say – rightly – that Britain is a mid-table side a long way short of Champions League class. ...
Manchester United face £20m Adidas Champions League blow image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 03:45:08 PM
. Manchester United will lose more than £20m in sponsorship income from Adidas if they fail to qualify for next year's Champions League. ...
Barcelona signs sponsorship deal with Rakuten image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of November 2016 06:52:02 PM
....The deal will begin with the 2017-18 season and last for four years. It will earn the club at least £188m in that time, with more to come if the team wins the Spanish championship or the Champions League. ...
Lunch box to penalty box image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of November 2016 12:08:09 AM
.... Tottenham Hotspur. While they build their new stadium, Spurs are playing this season's Champions League games at Wembley, and there is also an option to play Premier League and cup games at the 90,000-capacity national arena during the 2017-18 season. ...
Footballers' wines image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 30th of September 2016 10:12:09 PM
....But perhaps less well known, due to his quiet demeanour, is another famous Barcelona star putting his time and money into wine production - midfielder Andres Iniesta. Iniesta has won every honour going with club FC Barcelona, including eight La Ligas and four Champions Leagues, and he also scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final for Spain. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of September 2016 11:19:08 PM
. After the appetisers of the Champions League qualifiers, the tournament gets fully into the main course on Tuesday night with the start of the group stage. ...
Man Utd first UK football club to earn £500m in a year image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 12th of September 2016 11:37:20 AM
....In a year when it won the FA Cup, the Old Trafford club also signed 14 sponsorship deals, and saw commercial, matchday and TV revenues all rise. It is now predicting 2017 revenues of up to £540m, even though it is not in the Champions League this season. ...
Front line football image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 2nd of September 2016 01:18:24 AM
.... . As a result Al Jaish had been completely dominant, competing in the Asian Champions League. ...
Big spenders image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 31st of August 2016 01:03:44 PM
...."Obviously a key catalyst of this spending is the TV rights, the money is there and the clubs are spending it," Dan Jones, head of the sports business unit at Deloitte, tells the BBC. But he also points to other factors, including the chase for Champions League places. ...
Pep talks image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 12th of August 2016 01:29:46 AM
.... . But Wenger has consistently delivered Champions League football during his two decades at the club, and Daniela Lup, professor of employment relations and organisational behaviour at the London School of Economics, sees the key ingredients that are the hallmark of a long and successful career for any manager. ...

BT and Sky get in training for their big Champions League rematch
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 6th of August 2016 12:50:47 PM
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BT avoids Openreach breakup but Ofcom orders more investment image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 26th of July 2016 07:12:29 AM
....Harding added that under the proposals Openreach would not be required to declare what dividends it paid back to BT, so it would not be clear how much profit was being handed to its owner “to buy sports rights or other things”. BT is a major player in football broadcasting thanks to its Premier League and Champions League rights deals, which are used as a marketing tool to lure broadband subscribers. ...
BT willing to give broadband division more independence image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 25th of July 2016 09:43:48 AM
....The culture committee said Ofcom had not pushed BT enough in the past to improve Openreach’s service. BT has deliberately spent money on high-risk activities with potential high returns, including Premier League and Champions League TV rights, while keeping investment in Openreach flat and maintaining poor service levels, the MPs said. ...
BT not investing enough in Openreach, MPs say image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 19th of July 2016 08:52:59 AM
....The committee said Ofcom had not pushed BT enough in the past to improve Openreach’s service. BT has deliberately spent money on high-risk activities with potential high returns, including Premier League and Champions League TV rights, while keeping investment in Openreach flat and maintaining poor service levels, the MPs said. ...
BT to answer superfast call image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 6th of May 2016 12:01:00 AM
....BT also announced a 15 per cent rise in annual pre-tax profit to just over £3billion. Its BT Sport audiences are up 45 per cent after it spent £900million on the rights to Champions League football, and TV customers up 28 per cent to 1. ...
BT chief's risky bet on live football continues to pay off image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 04:59:10 PM
.... BT Sport was initially given away for free, and for the first time, BT customers had a reason not to move their phone and internet service over to Sky. Since then Patterson has hoovered up further Premier league games and, in what looks like a masterstroke, exclusive rights to Champions League and Europa League football ties. ...
BT to spend £6bn on superfast broadband and 4G rollout image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 07:51:46 AM
....5m. BT Sport audiences are up 45%, thanks to its live coverage of Uefa Champions League and Europa League matches. ...
City news: Ladbrokes, Sky, TSB, Lloyds image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 22nd of April 2016 02:42:00 PM
....-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------. LIMITING discounts to UK customers and the loss of Champions League football rights in Italy led to a higher proportion of customers cancelling their Sky subscriptions. ...
Anglo American's pay drama shows discretion is a dirty word for some image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of April 2016 07:06:50 PM
....Indeed, after a loss-making Cheltenham, Ladbrokes and its rivals have enjoyed a happy run. The Grand National was won by a lightly-backed 33-1 outsider and Barcelona have been dumped out of the Uefa Champions League. ...
Sky TV growth slows as it cuts discounts image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 21st of April 2016 07:12:48 AM
....9% to 11% quarter on quarter, the highest rate in at least two years. The company said that the increase in customers leaving reflected the loss of the Uefa Champions League rights and that the business had been “resilient” in the face of it. ...
Ten things we've learned from the Panama Papers image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 7th of April 2016 10:15:02 AM
.... . Hugo and Mariano Jinkis own a company called Cross Trading and bought TV rights for Uefa Champions League football, which they immediately sold on for almost three times the price. ...
Man Utd still on track to earn £500m image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 11th of February 2016 12:30:35 PM
....6%. The Red Devils currently lie fifth in the Premier League table and have been knocked out of the Champions League. ...
BT profits rise as consumer division grows image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 1st of February 2016 09:11:45 AM
....”. Following its first full quarter since securing the rights to broadcast Champions League football, BT added 97,000 new TV customers, driving up its total customer base to 1. ...
BT’s results in spotlight after EE deal completed image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 1st of February 2016 12:01:00 AM
....BT’s buyout of mobile phone firm EE was completed on Friday after regulators gave their blessing to the deal earlier last month, which will create a combination of about 35 million mobile, broadband and TV customers. Analysts expect BT to step up its financial performance, as it enjoys its first full quarter since securing the broadcasting rights to Champions League football. ...
City News: City workers, SKY, house building firms image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 25th of January 2016 12:01:00 AM
....Sky Sports viewing rose 3 per cent, it added. The growth came despite the launch of BT’s Champions League coverage, with the group seeking to lure customers away from Sky. ...
Business news: HSBC app, Sky TV, Apple, Tabl and Revolut image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 24th of January 2016 12:01:00 AM
....__________________________________________________________________________. PAY TV giant Sky has shrugged off the loss of European Champions League football to rival BT with first-half revenues expected to be up 31. ...
Real Madrid still richest football club image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 21st of January 2016 12:33:17 AM
...."Despite a reduction in revenue year-on-year, the fact that Manchester United remain in the top three of the Money League demonstrates the underlying strength of the club's business model," said Tim Bridge, senior manager at Deloitte. "The return to Champions League football, as well as the commencement of a number of significant commercial partnerships, will only strengthen the business in 2015-16. ...
Chelsea's wage bill highest in league image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 8th of January 2016 12:57:44 PM
....Chelsea said turnover fell £5. 5m to £319m because of lower Champions League broadcasting revenues after the club went out of the competition in the knockout stage on the away goal rule after drawing 3-3 with Paris Saint Germain. ...
A year of challenging fixtures for BT’s Gavin Patterson - on the field and off image
.... “Not so long ago, that interview would have run on Sky, with little chance of it appearing anywhere else,” he says. But the same would have been said about most Champions League matches until, two years ago, BT Sport poached these rights for a sky-high £897m from its bitter rival. ...
BT complaints leap as it struggles with Champions League demand image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 15th of December 2015 04:18:19 PM
.... Broadband complaints also rose  Photo: ALAMY. The problems coincided with BT's big marketing push for its exclusive Champions League football coverage, which attracted 106,000 new customers to its pay-TV service. ...
Louis Saha: 'A British bank lost me a six-figure sum. I'm suing' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 13th of December 2015 08:09:42 AM
.... The best is when you play on the world stage when you have a chance to represent your country or team. My worst moment was missing out on Man United’s Champions League final against Chelsea through injury, which nearly killed me. ...
Questor share tip: BT shares look good value image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of December 2015 09:53:06 AM
....5bn takeover of mobile group EE will give it about 30pc of the UK mobile market. The deal follows the move into TV through the launch of BT Sport which covers Champions League football and Premier League. ...
Chelsea made £23.1m loss in Premier League-winning season image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 23rd of November 2015 11:51:54 PM
.... . "They will also be enhanced by revenues related to this season's Champions League which improve due to entering as Premier League champions and an increase in TV revenue for English clubs. ...
Reality check for TV: Five-minute guide to cutting the cost of your package image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 15th of November 2015 12:01:00 AM
.... . “You might sign up to Sky Atlantic for Game Of Thrones, Sky Sports for the Premier League and Formula One, or BT Sports for its Champions League coverage. ...
Man Utd posts 39% increase in revenues image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 12th of November 2015 01:01:17 PM
....6m. The record revenues were boosted by sales of its new 2015-16 Adidas replica kit, and Champions League football. ...
Champions League boost for BT TV image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 29th of October 2015 11:08:09 AM
. BT Group has reported a record number of new TV customers, thanks in part to its Champions League football coverage. ...
BT chief warns over damage to broadband industry from Talktalk security crisis image
....” . The chief executive raised concerns about the impact of TalkTalk’s security breach as BT reported third quarter results that revealed a boost to its TV ambitions from its exclusive rights to Champions League football. ...
The big banks are back: and Lloyds looks like a bargain image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 25th of October 2015 09:00:07 AM
.... The sector was also helped last week by news that the competition watchdog ruled out breaking up the big banks. BT’s near-£900m investment in Uefa Champions League football may well pay off in the long term, but more immediately it is failing to trouble the scoreboard. ...
Merlin Entertainments to branch out to China image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of October 2015 08:55:00 PM
....”. SKY shrugged off the loss of Champions League football as it scored a 10 per cent rise in operating profit to £375million in the three months to September 30. ...
Sky shrugs off BT football fears but City warns over spiralling TV rights costs image
. Sky has boosted its profits and reduced the rate of customers leaving to rival services, shrugging off fears that BT’s poaching of the Champions League rights would hurt its performance. ...
Sky shrugs off BT threat with strong profit performance image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of October 2015 07:03:31 AM
. Sky said it had rode out the £900m challenge from the launch of BT’s Champions League coverage to report strong sales and profits for the three months to the end of September. ...
Satellite broadcaster Sky boosted by growth hopes image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of October 2015 09:56:10 AM
....However Sky’s broker Morgan Stanley is less positive on Sky, with an equal weight rating:. After the impressive subscriber growth of 2015, the first quarter [of 2016] will look lacklustre with subscriber growth muted by the loss of the Champions League in the UK and Italy and a Ligatotal inflated comparison in Germany [when Deutsche Telekom subscribers migrated to Sky. ...
Nissan signs world cricket sponsor deal image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of October 2015 06:36:38 AM
....Nissan's global marketing head, Roel de Vries, said the firm would introduce ways to improve the experience for fans. In 2014, Nissan signed up as a sponsor of Uefa Champions League football. ...
Is BT's Openreach open enough? It's a good question image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 8th of October 2015 11:01:04 PM
....An independent Openreach would answer to many customers, continues the argument. And its new shareholders wouldn’t be distracted by Champions League football, or £12bn purchases of EE. ...
Ripoff Britain: why we pay more for broadband than Europe image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 19th of September 2015 06:01:08 AM
.... As more of us use email, messaging or mobiles to talk to friends, the number of landline calls has collapsed. Critics also wonder if BT is trying to recoup the £897m it paid for rights to Champions League football. ...
WOW air offers flights from London to the US for £99 - if you go via Iceland image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Friday 18th of September 2015 11:00:00 PM
....Best way to buy BT Sport. The Champions League returned this week with Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United all involved. ...
Champions League absence hits Man Utd image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of September 2015 11:36:54 AM
. Manchester United saw revenues fall by £38m in the year to June, mainly due to failure to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. ...
Watch the Champions League on BT Sport and save with this cashback deal image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 11th of September 2015 05:46:00 PM
....Fans of Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City - plus neutral fans - will miss out on the matches if they're not a BT customer, as for the first time no live games are available for free in Britain. Dan Plant, consumer finance expert at MoneySupermarket, said: "Since the football season got underway last month, many fans have looked to score new TV packages, and those following the Champions League will need to move sooner rather than later if they want subscribe to BT and catch live games from their living room. ...
Celtic record a £4m loss, one year after posting £11m profit image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 11th of September 2015 05:15:42 PM
.... . The Scottish Premiership winners attribute the change in fortunes to a drop in transfer revenue and failure to reach the Champions League group stage. ...
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....-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------. Manchester United’s absence from the lucrative European Champions League last season has sent it tumbling into the red, full-year results for 2014/15 are expected to show tomorrow. ...
BT refunds customers for sports channels image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 3rd of September 2015 03:47:55 PM
.... BT's sports expansion has previously caused controversy. Critics said the company's £897m bid to capture the Champions League from ITV and Sky, would effectively have to be paid for through higher charges on standard broadband and landlines for other customers, an accusation denied by the company. ...
BT scoops Sky to win TV rights to 2017-2018 Ashes image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Monday 24th of August 2015 09:59:24 AM
...."They are uniquely placed to become one of the UK’s largest sports channels and we think cricket can provide the content and opportunities to help them do just that," he added. It follows previous efforts to eat into Sky's strong position in the sports market, such as the acquisition of the TV rights to Champions League football and a £960 million deal to screen 42 Premier League matches in the 2016-2019 seasons. ...
BT Sport wins Ashes cricket TV rights image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 24th of August 2015 08:29:53 AM
....BT is paying a reported £80m for the deal. The broadcaster's growing sports portfolio includes all Uefa Champions League fixtures, as well as 38 Premier League games this season. ...
BT Sport secures rights to 2017-18 Ashes series in Australia image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 24th of August 2015 08:12:44 AM
.... Both companies are using sport as a means of trying to sign up triple play customers and battle for market share. This season BT will be the exclusive home of Champions League and Europa League football after paying £897m over three seasons. ...
Delia Bushell: The BT boss shooting for Sky with BBC alliance image
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of August 2015 12:28:14 AM
....The partnership, which represents a challenge to Sky, BT’s great rival in pay television, was described by Delia Bushell, BT’s managing director of TV and sport as “a very good relationship”. BT has moved quickly to use sport to bolster its position in the pay TV sector, screening its first Champions League game on Tuesday night with its coverage presented by Gary Lineker, host of the BBC’s Match of the Day. ...
BT extends football production deal with Sunset+Vine image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 18th of August 2015 09:23:14 PM
.... . This season, for the first time, BT is producing its some of its own football coverage, sending in-house teams to Champions League matches. ...
Kick out BT’s 7% price hikes and score £230 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of August 2015 06:00:03 AM
....94% from 20 September – in part to pay for the lavish sports TV rights it spent a fortune acquiring. If you like watching sport you may decide it is worth staying with BT for its Champions League and Premiership football coverage. ...
BT staff to profit from £265m share scheme bonanza image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 31st of July 2015 11:01:11 PM
....BT said the average gain for staff who saved for five years would be £10,236, while most of those who saved for three years would make £4,400. Related: BT television boosted by sports channel screening Uefa Champions League. ...
BT television boosted by sports channel screening Uefa Champions League image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of July 2015 08:07:38 AM
. The impending arrival of a new sports channel featuring Uefa Champions League and Europa League games has boosted BT’s television business. ...
Sky profits rise as it passes 12 million UK and Ireland customers image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of July 2015 06:54:40 AM
....The results, published on Wednesday, are the first since Sky’s multibillion-pound acquisitions of its sister companies in Germany and Italy. Darroch said the broadcaster had a “little bit of phasing to get through” after it lost the rights to Uefa Champions League football to rival BT, beginning with the new football season which kicks off next month. ...
Source : Independent [Read Article] Wednesday 29th of July 2015 12:44:14 AM
.... . That is important, given the loss of the Champions League to BT. ...
ITV loosing viewers but holds on to talent show hit X Factor image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of July 2015 10:29:00 PM
. The X Factor broadcaster will use savings from not showing Champions League football to invest in soaps such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale. ...
How to watch football on Sky and BT for the cheapest possible price image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of July 2015 05:26:00 PM
....com. Overall, BT is the cheapest option for viewers who expect to watch every one of the 154 televised games in the 2015/16 season, including live UEFA Champions League. ...
ITV profits up 25% despite continuing decline in ratings image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 28th of July 2015 06:42:19 AM
....But Crozier said reversing the decline was a “key focus for the year”, promising increased investment in quality drama and its two flagship soaps, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, which are down 4% and 2% respectively year on year. He admitted ITV’s factual output had underperformed, particularly at 9pm, and said the channel had also suffered as a result of English teams being knocked out in the early stages of last season’s Uefa Champions League. ...

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