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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 335 - The play-offs

For over 30 years the Football League play-offs have added drama to the end of the season. Often spectacular and even more often cruel, the last chance at snatching promotion in the 49th game of the season makes compelling viewing.

Recorded on Monday while watching the Championship play-off semi-final between Fulham and Derby, Graham and Terry explore the on-going popularity of the knock-out route to promotion and what the future might hold. Could a play-off for the fourth Champions League spot add some extra spice to the end of the Premier League season?

We also look ahead to this weekend's Cup finals in England, Scotland and Germany.

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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Sound Of Football Podcast 334 - Theatre of streams

Last week it was announced that Sky Sports had lost the UK rights to show La Liga from the start of next season, losing out to a little-known streaming company Eleven Sports. It's currently unclear what Eleven plan to do with their rights package but it looks unlikely that fans of the Spanish League in the UK will be able to watch live games without taking out yet another subscription.

Since breaking Sky's exclusive hold on Premier League rights the cost for consumers has continued to spiral upward as companies pass on their winning bids to the armchair fans. With the addition of streaming platforms, just how many ways are football fans willing to pay to see their club?

At the same time, the Premier League has failed to sell all the packages for the next TV deal and looks set to receive less money than it did for the previous deal. With social media giants and tech companies seemingly unwilling to play the same game as Sky and BT Sports when it comes to bidding for sports rights, will the value of the Premier League continue to drop?

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