Football: FANS GET A TELLYFUL; SPL Set to Launch Its Own TV Station as Sky Switch Off

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Football: FANS GET A TELLYFUL; SPL Set to Launch Its Own TV Station as Sky Switch Off


Byline: KEITH JACKSON

SPL chiefs are to launch their own TV station - after being snubbed by Sky.

Sports Record revealed last month that the satellite giants would pull the plug on Scotland's top flight.

Their four-year deal expires at the end of the season and they have declined to table a new bid.

The move would have cost the top 12 clubs around pounds 50million but they believe they can rake in even more by creating their own channel and broadcasting live games on digital TV.

Sports Record can reveal that a subscription to the channel is likely to cost between pounds 6 and pounds 8 per month for around 30 live games per season.

Pay-per-view matches will also be shown - probably at 1pm on a Saturday - but SPL sources insist these will be limited as they are anxious to be seen to be offering value for money.

It is believed two of next season's Old Firm clashes have already been earmarked for pay-per-view, with the other two sold to all subscribers as part of the monthly package.

It is also understood that SPL chiefs are likely to keep the current 5.35 pm slot for live Saturday night matches.

One top chairman - who asked not to be named - said: "There will be no great changes to the existing set-up and we will not be ripping off fans with game after game on pay-per-view.

"This season we have six pay-per-view matches and I don't see there being many more in the new deal as it is vital our subscribers feel they are getting value for money.

"If fans think they are having to pay through the nose then they won't come on board and we need their support more than ever as this is a bold move which can't work without them.

"In the early years we are confident we will make a minimum of pounds 12m per season - which is the value of the current Sky deal.

"But in two or three years, we believe we could double that."

The SPL are also confident of raking in a further pounds 5m from the sale of highlights to both BBC and STV plus radio broadcasting rights. …

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