Football

FA against listed recommendation

Published Add your comment

Football News
24/7

The Football Association have opposed recommendations that England's home and away international qualifiers become listed events and reserved for free-to-air television.

The proposal was made in a review headed by former FA executive director David Davies, which also recommended a return to the list for The Open golf championship, the Wimbledon tennis tournament and the Rugby World Cup. Three events were offered up for delisting, with the Epsom Derby, rugby league's Challenge Cup final and the Winter Olympics those now vulnerable.

The FA insist they are best placed to judge the balance between getting the best price for television rights and ensuring maximum coverage.

An FA spokesman said: "The FA has always sought to balance its commitment to secure maximum coverage of the sport for the viewing public with the need to attain a fair commercial value for its rights to help ensure that we are able to continue to fund critical investment into grassroots football.

"To meet both these commitments we believe, as an organisation, we are best placed to determine how our broadcast rights should be sold.

"The FA will engage fully with the Secretary of State's consultation as it considers the implications of the panel's recommendations on the ability of sport to continue to invest in its grassroots."

The Jockey Club, which had branded the list "an anachronism", took issue with the review's view that the Epsom Derby is no longer an "event of special national resonance".

Simon Bazalgette, group chief executive of the Jockey Club, said: "It is clear to us that the Investec Derby remains an event of national resonance, no matter what the Panel says.

"It has higher TV audiences than many other sports events and has probably the highest one-day attendance of any British sports event."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Football
Championship
Derby County

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again