I wonder if the right to show the archive programmes is conferred along with the rights for the competition in question?
I've been spotting the occasional LWT frontcap for a while now. There's also some great retro Channel 9 pres on the archive Aussie cricket that's getting a lot of airtime at the moment.
Whilst it varies, that certainly seems to be the case with a lot of sports and competitions - the Olympics, FIFA / UEFA tournaments and Formula 1 (1981 onwards) are some examples.
However here it wouldn't be the case here given the competition in question is the Football League- rights currently held by Sky and Quest / Discovery. 'Classic' editions of 'Match of the Day' were on UK Gold back in the 1990s, ESPN a few years ago and we've had 'The Big Match' on ITV and now BT Sport, when none of those channels held Football League rights.
In terms of Football League coverage it appears that pre-1992 footage is owned by the broadcasters, the same seems to apply to FA Cup and England games (outside of major tournament finals) of the same era given that have been editions of the 'Big Match' repeated that focused on the FA Cup. From 1992 onwards (especially with the Premier League) things become much more restricted.
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