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The FA Announce Broadcast Deals For Cup & International Games

Wed 17th Jul 2013 | Television & Broadcasting

BBC and BT Sport will become official broadcast partners for The FA Cup with Budweiser, while ITV will have exclusive rights for all England internationals from next year. 

Both the FA Cup and England deals will begin at the start of the 2014-15 football season and run through to 2018. 

ITV have secured the broadcasting rights to all England home and away friendly internationals having already won World Cup and European Championship qualification fixtures from UEFA. 

The FA Cup returns to the BBC for the first time since 2008.

BT Sport will launch their brand new service next month and will share highlight rights for The FA Cup with the BBC while BT Sport will be the live broadcaster for The FA Community Shield sponsored by McDonalds. 

New FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, commented: “I would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in these FA Cup broadcast rights and congratulate the BBC and BT Sport on their successful tenders. 

“Their valuable support underlines what a great competition The FA Cup is and how important it is to the sporting calendar. 

“ITV have done a tremendous job in recent years and we look forward to their fantastic continued support of the England team. 

“We are delighted to have all the England games, both qualification and friendly internationals, in one place allowing ITV to follow the team home and away. 

“The BBC is obviously an organisation I know very well but I don’t think anyone would dispute that their name goes hand in hand with some of the most famous FA Cup moments of yesteryear. 

“We’re delighted that the competition is back on their channels, not just through television but with significant online presence as well. 

“BT Sport might be new to television but they’re a major corporation and have been a part of everyday British life for a number of decades. 

“They have a huge consumer database and are shaping up to be a heavyweight player in the broadcasting world so The FA Cup is a fantastic asset for their growing portfolio of sports.” 

BBC Director-General Tony Hall, said, “Bringing The FA Cup back to the BBC was something I really wanted to do and I am so pleased that we have achieved it for football fans everywhere. 

“There is something very special about big national moments on the BBC and The FA Cup should absolutely be one of them. 

“Working closely with The FA I believe we will change the way we view The FA Cup forever.” 

Gavin Patterson, CEO for BT Retail, added: “BT Sport made a determined joint bid to retain The FA Cup rights because we believe it is one of the truly great club football competitions.”

In addition to both broadcast deals, News UK have won non-exclusive clip rights to The FA Cup, Community Shield and England matches for use across The Sun and The Times publications.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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