Media, Sport & Entertainment: In control of the competition
The Football Association Premier League has made a number of changes to the way it sells its broadcasting rights to avoid the censure of the cartel-busters at the European Commission. But has it done enough to spike their guns? Jonathan Taylor and Jonathan Higton report
11 July was the deadline for receipt of broadcaster responses to the Football Association Premier League’s (FAPL’s) invitation to tender for the UK broadcasting rights to Premier League matches for 2004-07. Nowhere was this more eagerly awaited than in the offices of the 20 FAPL clubs, whose occupants are constantly under siege by their shareholders, their bankers and their ambitious and demanding fans.
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