David Owen: Why the new TV deal promises to strengthen English grip on Champions League

David Owen

The latest Premier League television deal may have given some BT and British Sky Broadcasting shareholders the jitters.

But the alarm-bells will have been ringing much, much louder in non-English citadels of European footballing excellence from Barcelona to Munich.

The new tide of money that the £3 billion ($4.7 billion/€3.7 billion) settlement will send flooding into English Premier League club coffers from the 2013-2014 season should do much to restore the competitive advantage of English clubs in the top European competitions.

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Croatia receive first formal charge of racism at Euro 2012

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By Andrew Warshaw in Warsaw

June 16 – In its clearest message to date of zero tolerance when it comes to discrimination, UEFA made its first formal charges of racism at Euro 2012 today, opening a case against the Croatian Football Association after receiving reports that fans made monkey chants directed at Manchester City’s Italian striker Mario Balotelli.

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Premier League sells three-year live TV rights package for record £3 billion

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By Andrew Warshaw

June 13 – The financial might of top-flight English football reached new heights today when the Premier League announced it had sold its next three-year live television broadcast package in the United Kingdom to BSkyB and BT for a staggering £3.018 billion ($4.7 billion/€3.7 billion) – a £1.254 billion ($1.95 billion/€1.55 billion) increase on the current deal.

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