Humphrey given Vision of a new job with BT
21:45 GMT, 12 September 2012
BBC sports presenter Jake Humphrey is in talks to become the host of BT Vision's live Premier League match coverage that starts next season.
BT, whose building of a sports channel around Premier League content includes Wednesday's 152million deal for Premiership rugby, want a big-name anchor for their football coverage.
Humphrey, best known for his presenting of Formula One on the BBC, has been negotiating with the corporation over his contract for exclusive work which expires at the end of the year.
Ready for a new job Jake Humphrey (right) could join BT for their Premier League coverage
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But it's known the 33-year-old, who changed his representative agents this year, wants to work on other sports and earn a lot more money.
His 250,000 salary lags far behind BBC colleague Gary Lineker's 2m-a-year wages.
Humphrey also displayed his frustration at his low profile at Euro 2012 as part of the BBC team by suddenly leaving to present the Valencia Grand Prix he had been scheduled to miss.
And fronting BT Vision's 38 games a season, which cost 738m over three years and includes the prime package of first-pick games, would give Humphrey the football prominence he wants.
Bernstein backed by Gill
David Bernstein's chances of extending his FA chairmanship past his 70th birthday in May, which would require a change of statutes, have been boosted by the backing of Manchester United chief executive David Gill.
The support has helped persuade the rest of the FA board to allow the proposal to be taken to the shareholders for approval.
But there will be resistance from those on the FA council who believe the age-limit rules should not be changed to suit one person.
Certainly Bernstein will have helped his cause by putting forward Gill last month as the FA's candidate for a place on the UEFA executive committee, as successor to Geoff Thompson.
Refurb for the FA
There will need to be plenty of refurbishing done at the FA's St George's Park National Football Centre ahead of the official opening on October 9, with parent company Nike taking over discarded subsidiary Umbro's sponsorship of the venue.
More than 100 Umbro shirts are on display in the reception of the sports facility while two pitches have been named after Umbro boots – Aztec and Speciali.
But at least the main gates do not need rebranding as the ordered 'tailored by Umbro' signs were never mounted; the FA were aware for months it was only a matter of time before Nike came in.
Back in the game: Ricky Hatton will fight on November 24
Hatton back on Primetime…
Ricky Hatton's boxing comeback three years after being knocked out by Manny Pacquiao is understood to be screened by pay-per-view operators Primetime.
They are controlled by media tycoon Richard Desmond, whose Channel 5 TV station would heavily cross-promote Hatton's return.
The 33-year-old fighter would have a share of the PPV income from a fight in Manchester against a journeyman opponent.
Sky Sports pulled the plug last year on their contract for Hatton-promoted shows, much to his upset.
BOA to begin cutbacks
THE first casualty of the cash-strapped British Olympic Association in the post-Games bloodletting is expected to be commercial director Hugh Chambers, who has not brought in the revenue needed.
Meanwhile, Albert Woods, the British Canoe Union president and GB Hockey's Richard Leman are considering standing against Lord Coe for the BOA chairmanship.
Boris Johnson (right) is taking over as the chairman of the London Legacy Development Company
Boris Johnson taking over as chairman of the London Legacy Development Company from hand-picked ally Daniel Moylan, who had just three months in charge, follows tensions in the hopelessly run LLDC.
Boris and the board had lost confidence in the combative Moylan, whose leadership style caused friction after he allegedly made changes without the necessary board approval.
They included Andrew Altman's ousting as chief executive and the appointment of interim replacement Dennis Hone.
Complaints were made to the FA's protocol committee that the Ukrainian party were not wearing ties at their Wembley reception before the World Cup qualifier. The blazer protester was told guests could dress as they saw fit.