Sky Sports have retained their Football League rights for at least three years for a price that might disappoint clubs in the three divisions.
It is understood that Sky have paid around £120million-a-year, an increase on the £90m-a-year terms of the current deal but nowhere near the numbers being bandied about before the tender.
The Football League have yet to announce the deal nearly a fortnight after the deadline for tenders. The process did not need to go to a second round because BT Sport and Sky were not prepared to enter a rights fight and pay over the odds like they did for cricket.
Sky Sports have kept their Football League rights for at least three years for £120million-a-year
Derby chairman Mel Morris will not be impressed, he claims the rights are worth £300m a year
BT, beset with internal problems, did not put in a particularly high bid, allowing Sky — who are still negotiating the length of the contract — to retain matches crucial to their new second football channel for a realistic price.
The delay in the announcement may be affected by clubs like Derby, whose chairman Mel Morris claims the rights are worth £300m a year, believing the Football League could have done a lot better.
Meanwhile, it is understood that Channel 5 have retained the contract for highlights.
Channel 5’s Football League highlights will continue after they retain their rights
Former Minister for Sport Richard Caborn has written to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to recommend to the Queen that the next honours list includes a knighthood for Usain Bolt — not only for the sprinter’s performances on the track but the way he has fought against drugs and shown sportsmanship after a rare defeat last week.
Ex-Sports Minister Richard Caborn has asked Theresa May to request Usain Bolt be knighted
It was not just the manner of questioning from Gabby Logan to IAAF head of medical services Pam Venning, a highly respected doctor who also worked at London 2012, that so infuriated the track and field ruling body.
They are also angry with the Beeb for accepting facts given to them by two Botswana officials, who it is understood did not have either the knowledge or the credentials to be fully briefed on their star runner Isaac Makwala’s state of health or treatment.
The BBC have defended Gabby Logan after she was accused of bullying Pam Venning
It is likely that major tenants West Ham are going to be a lot more demanding — as is their wont — around London Stadium business once the World Championships are over. The question is can Richard Bowker, the new unobtrusive chairman of UK Athletics, summon the strength of character to cope with the formidable Hammers trio of David Sullivan, David Gold and Baroness Brady?
Ore has day to forget
Multiple claims from inside the BBC that agents acting for Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba turned down a reporter’s role at Wimbledon because it was felt his celebrity status warranted a presenter’s position were repeatedly denied. It was said he had other commitments.
However, journeyman sports broadcaster Oduba has been given a role hosting World Championship highlights after the BBC’s live coverage, where he has been found to be hopelessly out of his depth. He has been looking at his notes throughout, seemingly because his athletics knowledge is so slim. His amateurish performances reached a low point on Wednesday when he signed off by saying it had been ‘day five from Rio’.
No Ore, it was day six from Stratford. Yet BBC Sport’s senior executive at the championship had the gall to tell me Ore had done ‘very well’.
Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba has struggled hosting the World Championships
Loughborough University are taking advantage of a stellar sporting reputation to promote their degree courses.
Their stand at the World Championships has a big map of the campus with arrow marks pointing to the athletics track where university chancellor Lord Coe and Paula Radcliffe competed, the cricket pitch where Monty Panesar performed, the swimming pool where Adam Peaty trains and the Towers student home of Baroness Grey-Thompson.
Sadly no recognition of the Edward Herbert building bar where your Sports Agenda columnist helped Rutherford Hall win the inter-mural darts tournament in 1976!