Today’s big story
The decision by regulator Ofcom to scrap its two-year investigation into whether all Premier League football games should be shown on TV is unlikely to quell calls for intervention in the way the UK’s most-watched sport is broadcast.
The huge cost of Premier League rights to BT and Sky – £5.14bn between them for three seasons – not only affects their ongoing battle for pay-TV and broadband subscribers, but also drives inflation of player salaries.
Meanwhile, fans have little control over their options for watching those highly paid stars compete. In this instance, Ofcom has decided it needn’t tinker, but there’s little doubt it’ll be called on to take another look further down the line.
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