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History Of Football On TV

เวลาปล่อย:2022-12-18

A brief history of football on TV and football broadcasting in the UK.

Football was first screened on television in the UK in 1937 by theBBCwho broadcast a specially-arranged friendly betweenArsenalv Arsenal Reserves at Highbury. The broadcast was only available to a handful of homes in close proximity to Alexandra Palace. In 1938international footballand theFA Cup finalwere shown for the first time with theBBCproviding coverage ofEnglandScotlandandHuddersfield TownPreston North End.

The firstFA Cupmatch shown, that wasnt a final, was broadcast in 1947; it was aFA Cupfifth-round match betweenCharlton AthleticBlackburn Rovers.

In 1954 theWorld Cupwas broadcast live in the UK for the first time. In 1955ITVstarted broadcasting live matches from the newly-formed European Cup and theBBCalso began broadcastingSoccer Specialwhich showcased matches from the old Division One.

In 1960 the first live broadcast from the Football League was made byITVwhenBlackpoolplayedBolton Wanderersat Bloomfield Road; the match kicked-off at 6:50pm, but the live broadcast didnt start until 7:30pm to allow fans who attended a 3pm kick-off to view the match at home.

In 1964 theBBCbroadcastMatch of the Dayfor the first time and the first match shown wasLiverpoolArsenal. In 1969 Match of the Day first broadcast a match in colour: a game at Anfield betweenLiverpoolWest Ham.

In 1970 theFA Cupfinal betweenChelseaLeeds Unitedwas watched by a record audience of 20 million people.

In 1983 the first live match from the Football League since 1960 was screened onITVTottenham HotspurNottingham Forest. TheBBCalso showed its first live match from the Football League:Manchester UnitedTottenham Hotspurat Old Trafford.

In 1992Skyacquired the rights to broadcast live fixtures from the newly-formedPremier Leaguein a deal worth 304 million.Channel 4also began broadcasting liveItalian Serie Afootball on itsFootball Italiashow presented by James Richardson.Skykicked off thePremier Leagueera by broadcasting its first livePremier Leaguematch betweenNottingham ForestLiverpool.

In 1995Skyacquired live rights to the English Football League,League Cupand the Scottish Football League.

In 1997Manchester UnitedlaunchedMUTV, the first channel dedicated to a single football club in the UK.

In 1999ITVacquired exclusive live rights to broadcast theChampions Leaguein a deal worth 299 million. In 2001ITVbegan broadcastingthe Championship(aPremier Leaguehighlights show).ITValso acquired the rights to broadcast live matches from the Football League on its newly re-brandedITVSport channel, in a deal worth 315 million. In 2001Chelsealaunched their dedicated club channelChelsea TV.

In 2002ITVDigital collapsed still owing 178.5m to the Football League;Skysubsequently acquiredITVDigitals live rights.ITVandSkywon the race forChampions Leaguerights despite stiff competition from theBBCSkyandITVpaid 83m a year between them after the rights package was restructured at the behest of EU competition authorities.

In 2007 Setanta Sports brokemonopoly by broadcasting its first livePremier Leaguematch betweenAston VillaandLiverpool. Jacqui Oatley became the first woman to commentate on a televised football game when she coveredFulhamBlackburn RoversonMatch of the Day.Liverpoollaunched their official club channelLFC TV. In 2008Arsenallaunched their official club channel Arsenal TV.

In 2009BBCacquired shared rights to broadcast live matches from theChampionshipandCarling Cup. TheUEFA Europa Leaguewas introduced and was broadcast by Five,ITVand ESPN. Setanta Sports defaulted on a payment for their 2009/2010Premier LeagueTV rights and lost their rights to ESPN (Setanta Sports would later go into administration).

In 2010Skywere the first to broadcast a livePremier Leaguegame In 3D. FIFA announced that 25 live games from the 2010World Cupwould be made available for broadcast in 3D.

In June 2012BTmade headlines by securing eighteen first-pickPremier LeagueTV matches from 2013/2014.BTsecured 38 livePremier LeagueTV games a season for 2013-2014 / 2015-2016, compared toSkystotal of 116 live matches a season.BT Sportwas launched in May 2013 with the announcement that the channel would be free to all BT Broadband customers. Later in 2013BT Sportacquired exclusive live rights to showUEFA Champions LeagueandUEFA Europa Leaguefrom 2015-2016 / 2017-2018.

In August 2015BT Sportlaunched Europes first Ultra HD/4K TV channel and its first live broadcast wasArsenalChelseain theCommunity Shield.

In 2018AmazonbrokeSkyandBT Sportsstranglehold onPremier LeagueTV rights by securing the rights to stream 20 live matches online from 2019/20. Eleven Sports also entered the UK market by clinching exclusive deals forLa LigaandSerie A.

Neil is the owner of Live Football On TV. He created the website in 2008 and has been running it single-handedly ever since.

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