Disgraceful with 2 teams in the last 4 of the champions league there is no terrestrial highlights. Shame on you bt.
Think they are having a go a BT for not letting anyone have FTA highlights of the semi finals of the champions league. Since two English teams are still in the Champions league. Think AJax may end up in the champions league final. I have always like watching the Dutch teams.Some say the Dutch have a similar style of play to Scottish football.I agree that highlights of the semi finals plus highlights of the final should also be FTA.Darren
The problem is obviously any FTA broadcaster would need to pay to show the highlights (no-one gives their property away for nothing) and get it scheduled and no broadcaster would risk paying much for these highlights especially for a couple of games knowing they might not have any English teams in them (when contracts would have had to be agreed this would be a long time before now), the CL is a bit of a gamble as you have no idea who will be in it after the group stages. This is obviously different for things like Premier league and F1 where they know who they will be able to show before the season kicks off and all the way till the end. I believe BT will be showing the whole CL final FTA on YouTube again as it has done all previous years, even though it is not contracted to do this.
They also have some highlights on their BT Sport twitter feed (I have watched that Messi free kick at least 10 times now and still not bored of it )
Unfortunately it is about good business sense, you don't pay high money for exclusive rights and then downgrade that by offering highlights on another channel (that would be like saying shame on SKY for not letting you watch the latest GoT on FTA as it is the last season), you would really need the tender to offer highlights as a separate package so you could bid appropriately for what you are buying (like the PL rights) but as I have said before the CL package can be a bit of a gamble as you don't know how long home clubs will be in it and therefore I think UEFA decide they can get more money by offering exclusive than they can by splitting.
It stands even more. One of the main reasons SKY gave in and agreed a cross deal was because BT had exclusive rights to the CL and it knew with adding the BT Sport channel as a carrot within its own sports package pricing it could do some deals. If BT then decided to allow FTA highlights that would dilute the offer and the deal would not be the same.
Disgraceful with 2 teams in the last 4 of the champions league there is no terrestrial highlights. Shame on you BT UEFA.
Was it? Didn't know that. I wonder how many others did?
Think you'll find next time the rights are up for grabs the sponsors will demand a bigger UK audience and we will get the terrestrial highlights back.