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John Murray wanted by BT Sport

BT want Murray to follow Humphrey as new boys plan second raid on BBC for Premier League coverage

By
Charles Sale

PUBLISHED:

14:19 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:55 GMT, 29 January 2013

BT Sport are understood to be looking to the BBC for their main commentator after persuading Jake Humphrey to front their Barclays Premier League coverage.

Humphrey was the BBC's Formula One host last season but has signed a four-year deal with the new venture.

Radio 5 Live’s excellent John
Murray, who has the lead microphone role for the main radio football
match on the flagship Saturday programme, could be set to join Humphrey.

New recruit: Jake Humphrey has already signed his deal with BT

New recruit: Jake Humphrey has already signed his deal with BT

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Murray is high on the wishlist of BT,
who last summer won the rights to show 38 live games a season for three
years, including 18 first-choice matches.

They are paying 738million over three seasons while Sky are paying 2.28billion for their rights.

One man set to stay at the BBC is Gary Lineker. The Match of the Day presenter is expected to sign a new contract.

Microphone man: BBC Radio Five Live's John Murray is also wanted by BT Sport

Microphone man: BBC Radio Five Live's John Murray is also wanted by BT Sport

But it was announced last week that Colin Murray is to be dropped as the Match of the Day 2 frontman next season.

Murray, who has anchored the Sunday
highlights show for two years since Adrian Chiles moved to ITV, is to be
replaced by rising BBC star Mark Chapman.

Edge of the Box: NFL the BIG story.. but one we"ve heard before

American football is a BIG story… but one we've heard many times before

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UPDATED:

09:47 GMT, 29 October 2012

The mothership has landed. Strange creatures, many the size of your average garden shed, emerge in their battle armour. They speak with strange voices, but are all of one mind. They are ready to conquer us all and spread the cult of the gridiron. The NFL is in town.

Which is how the sixth international NFL regular season game was being sold to us over on its main UK stage, Sky Sports.

Which, frankly, is beginning to wear just a little thin with me.

Putting on a show: The band train performed at Wembley as the NFL roadshow rolled into London

Putting on a show: The band train performed at Wembley as the NFL roadshow rolled into London

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It was thirty years ago that Channel 4 first took the bold leap to bring the NFL to our screens, followed pretty quickly by the sight of legends like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice gracing the turf behind the old Twin Towers in north west London.

Since then the sport has been omnipresent on our tellys, and is serviced every given Sunday by Sky to such an extent that the Atlantic might as well be the Thames in terms of how little distance there is now between us and the sport.

But that sport is also a business. BIG business. And with big business comes the enormous sales pitch.

Thus we had the sight of mercurial New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady – in a Pats bobble hat the size of a two-man tepee –on Sky Sports News, cornered in a press huddle, making sure he stayed on message by referring to his trade as 'American football'.

That was during the week as the build-up to Sunday's match between the Pats and 'home team' St Louis Rams began to go through the gears.

Come game day, it was pedal to metal, starting with the NFL London preview show, recorded in the Rams actual home town.

Here we had host Bianca Westwood being reaaaallly excited about everything from a variety of locations around the city, while the channel's game analyst Neil Reynolds got to put the same questions many, many times to a host of players, so as to garner as many answers along the lines of 'representing the league' and 'spreading the game' as he could.

There's nothing fundamentally wrong with Bianca bubbling away enthusiastically, of course. Nor is Reynolds anything other than a genuinely knowledgeable reporter/pundit.

Glamour game: Cheerleaders entertained the crowd as the St Louis Rams faced the New England Patriots

Glamour game: Cheerleaders entertained the crowd as the St Louis Rams faced the New England Patriots

Perhaps, though, the channel's stalwart host Kevin Cadle summed it up best, for me, when he opened the live coverage with the words 'a Big Event – but something we're very familiar with'.

Now that would have suited me just fine if that had been more the editorial approach.

This was never going to happen, though of course, because that is never how anyone ever goes to Wem-ber-ley. Not least a US sport made from pure, 100 per cent razzamatazz.

So, instead there was even more build-up featuring stock tourist shots of Buck House, Bearskins and Big Ben and the fan rally in Trafalgar Square during which players and coaches got to remind us once again just how excited they were to be here.

Back at Wembley, meanwhile, the entertainment had started. Entertainment of the light variety, that is.

Star man: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led his side to a comfortable victory over the Rams

Star man: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led his side to a comfortable victory over the Rams

Welcome: London Mayor Boris Johnson spoke and Katherine Jenkins sang the national anthem

Welcome: London Mayor Boris Johnson spoke and Katherine Jenkins sang the national anthem

First up, music from a band called Train, which I'm delighted to report, featured a ukulele. I'm going out on a limb here and saying that has to be a first for the NFL.

Then we had the laughs, as Boris Johnson played the latest leg of his 2012 'blonde Michael Mcintyre Comedy Roadshow' .

Taking to the field, microphone in hand, Boris welcomed 'the glorious descendent of rugby union football' before imploring everyone to enjoy what he steadfastly insisted on calling 'the match'.

However, perhaps the best line of the night went to one of the US commentary team.

As the camera panned around the fans during the second quarter, former New York Jets QB Phil Simms managed to damn yet another sell out NFL crowd with faint praise by informing us that after all these years of practise, 'they're cheering at the right time now'.

We still can't spell 'nite' and 'center' properly though, Phil.

Different ball game: Wembley lived the American dream as the NFL arrived in England

Different ball game: Wembley lived the American dream as the NFL arrived in England

In the great NFL scheme of things, this blowout game for The Pats was in reality just another in the season schedule and once Sky completed its double header of games, it was back to where it all started for us over here, on Channel 4, for their live game programme.

With Nat Combs – a genuine fan who does a great job of being their 'voice', too – as host and evergreen expert Mike Carlson providing the insight, this show does its business in a more low key, studied way than Sky.

This was reflected in their round up of the NFL's trip to London, with not a ukulele in sight, and coach Bill Belichick moaning about the traffic, Tom Brady the rain.

Equally, where the drum was being banged constantly on Sky for the idea that the UK would have its own NFL team sooner rather than later, Mike's take on the matter was that there will be 'a team in LA before they have a team in London'.

Aha! Hollywood. Now they DO know how to put the show in business.

Jake Humphrey leaves BBC for BT Vision football role

Humphrey latest to quit as BBC admit they can’t compete with Sky and BT Vision

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UPDATED:

10:55 GMT, 18 September 2012

Jake Humphrey will leave the BBC to front BT Vision's coverage of the Barclays Premier League from the start of the 2013-14 season.

The Formula One host was the youngest ever presenter to work on Football Focus, Match of the Day and Final Score, having risen through the ranks of the organisation.

He has signed a four-year deal with BT as they embark on their new venture. In June they won
the rights to show 38 live games a season for three years, including 18
first choice matches.

Transfer: Jake Humphrey will move to BT Vision

Transfer: Jake Humphrey will move to BT Vision

It is another blow for the broadcaster
after Lee Dixon announced in July he was leaving for rivals ITV to join
Adrian Chiles, for coverage of Champions League, Europa League and FA
Cup games, as well as England internationals.

George Entwhistle, the new director general of the BBC, has admitted it is impossible to cope with the challenge from Sky and BT.

The 50-year-old told the Radio Times: 'Look at the latest BT/Sky Premier League deal, that comes in at about 6.5 million per football game. We are simply no longer in that class.'

BT are paying 738million over three seasons while Sky are paying 2.28billion for their rights.

Growth: Humphrey has been with the BBC for over a decade

Growth: Humphrey has been with the BBC for over a decade

Humphrey started at the BBC in the
CBBC department, presenting shows including Sportsround and Newsround,
before in 2007 switching to sports programmes.

He has also presented African Cup of
Nations, Olympics and Superbowl coverage with the BBC, but is best known
for his Formula One work.

The 33-year-old said: 'I’m incredibly
excited to be joining the team at BT not just because I get to fulfil a
lifelong dream of presenting the Barclays Premier League but because of
the fresh perspective that BT will bring to both sport and broadcasting
in this country.

Gone: Humphrey, Lee Dixon, Adrian Chiles and Ray Stubbs posing for a BBC photoshoot - all have now left

Gone: Humphrey, Lee Dixon, Adrian Chiles and Ray Stubbs posing for a BBC photoshoot – all have now left

'To be a part of this young, vibrant team who are as passionate about sport, as I am, is a privilege.

'I've grown up at the BBC, and whilst I hope to work with them in the future, I'd also like to place on record my thanks to them. I am incredibly grateful to all colleagues, and of course the viewers, for their incredible support from CBBC all the way to Formula 1.

'My focus from the start of 2013 is on making BT's coverage of football the best this country has ever seen.'

Moving on: Humphrey (right) at Euro 2012 with Alan Shearer

Moving on: Humphrey (right) at Euro 2012 with Alan Shearer

Marc
Watson, chief executive of BT Vision, said: 'We are absolutely
delighted that Jake has chosen to join our new sports channel to anchor
our Premier League programming.

'Jake is a tremendously experienced and popular sports broadcaster and a fresh, young and innovative talent.

'He impressed us with his willingness to get deeply involved in the development of our live football programming and we took into account his track record of excellent presenting across many sports.

'He fits our plans for the new channel perfectly and we are very excited to be working with him.'

Lee Dixon quits BBC

Dixon quits BBC with ITV lining up former Arsenal defender to replace Southgate

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UPDATED:

07:45 GMT, 19 July 2012

Moving on: Dixon has left the BBC

Moving on: Dixon has left the BBC

Lee Dixon has announced he's quitting the BBC, with rivals ITV readying a deal to land the highly-rated football pundit.

The former Arsenal and England defender, 48, is being lined up to replace Gareth Southgate when he is appointed FA technical director.

Another pull for Dixon is his friendship with ITV football presenter Adrian Chiles.

Dixon revealed on Twitter that he wouldn't be renewing his deal with the Beeb.

'Sad to be leaving BBC,' he wrote. 'Nothing lasts forever. New challenges ahead. Loved my time there. Wonderful people… Just time to move on.'

Dixon has emerged as one of the leading pundits on the BBC's football coverage and will end an eight-year association with the corporation.

While ITV remain the frontrunners to sign Dixon, BT are also said to be interested in his services when they gain rights to the Barclays Premier League next season.

Nick Harris: Gary Lineker and Adrian Chiles top the BT Premier hit-list

Lineker and Chiles top the BT Premier hit-list

PUBLISHED:

20:00 GMT, 16 June 2012

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UPDATED:

20:00 GMT, 16 June 2012

Gary Lineker and Adrian Chiles are
likely to emerge as BT's prime targets for the main presenting job on
the telecom giant's new sports channel, which will show live Premier
League games from next year.

BT shocked the broadcasting world on
Wednesday by winning two packages of rights for 2013-2016, giving them
38 games for each of those three seasons for a total outlay of 738
million.

Biog hitters: Gary Lineker (left) and Adrian Chiles can expect to be courted by BT's headhunters

Biog hitters: Gary Lineker (left) and Adrian Chiles can expect to be courted by BT's headhunters

Biog hitters: Gary Lineker (left) and Adrian Chiles can expect to be courted by BT's headhunters

Crucially, 18 of their 38 matches each
season will be 'first pick' games, which are virtually certain to
involve the 'big six' sides – Manchester United, Manchester City,
Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham – playing each other, mostly
on Saturday lunchtimes.

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BT insist they want a household name
and a high-end broadcaster – with Premier League experience – to head up
their topflight coverage on a channel that intends to carry other live
sports, mainly football from various leagues.

This limits the field, making Lineker and Chiles front-runners for an approach, with Gabby Logan in the mix, too.

Des Lynam is almost certainly yesterday's man while Andy Gray and Richard Keys are still under a cloud after their departure from Sky in the Sian Massey sexism row.

BT will hire an external agency, possibly sports management giants IMG, to produce their Premier League content.

Almost all broadcasters, including Lineker, are technically freelancers these days, so there is no insurmountable barrier to a main presenter working for multiple channels.

Lineker already fronts Al Jazeera's Champions League coverage as well as hosting Match of the Day for the BBC and working on other major Beeb projects such as the Olympics.

Inside Sport can reveal that BT 'bid the house', according to one source, to go 'toe to toe' with BSkyB for most of the seven packages of rights available.

Under a cloud: Andy Gray (left) and Richard Keys

Under a cloud: Andy Gray (left) and Richard Keys

It was BT's bullishness rather than any intervention by Al Jazeera that pushed the league's total income from the auction up to an astonishing 3.018bn for the UK rights alone for three seasons from 2013-14.

ESPN were the third key bidders for the rights, it is understood.

Al Jazeera's sports division had contemplated an offer that could have blown anyone else, including Sky, out of the water.

'But they didn't step up in the end, not this time,' says a source.

It is believed that Al Jazeera will focus now on wresting Premier League Middle East rights from the Abu Dhabi Media group, owned by the Al Nahyan family, who also own Manchester City.

And Al Jazeera could be back for Premier League UK rights in 2016 – still six years ahead of the World Cup in Qatar in 2022.

Now they all expect
an Italian carve-up

Reports that Italy fear a 2-2 draw
between Spain and Croatia at
Euro 2012 on Monday come laced with
irony.

That result would guarantee Italy
go home whatever they achieve against
the Republic of Ireland.

Typically,
bookies would price 2-2 at 14-1 but
Spain-Croatia is as low as 3-1, showing
punters expect a carve-up.

The irony is
Italian football being embroiled in a
match-fixing scandal that has led to
dozens of arrests and investigations,
including into international full-back
Domenico Criscito, who was dropped
from Italy's Euro 2012 squad as a result.

Ticking the boxes: Mo Farah wearing Nike at an event sponsored by adidas and Aviva

Ticking the boxes: Mo Farah wearing Nike at an event sponsored by adidas and Aviva

Mo won't have to go barefoot

Gold medal hopes Mo Farah and Mark Cavendish have been advised by sponsors Nike to sign a controversial TeamGB agreement obliging them to wear kit made by the BOA's backer and rival sportswear giant, adidas, at the London Olympics.

Nike are furious at the contract's existence and there had been private threats that some medal-winning stars – they are allowed to wear other sponsors' footwear when competing – might go to the podium barefoot in protest.

But while claiming the agreement is 'an unfair document that encourages athletes to break their longstanding personal contracts', Nike say they want their athletes to sign to avoid distractions – at least for now.