Looks like international friendlies remain under the central UEFA contract alongside the Qualifiers. I thought that was just for games alongside the Nations League.
No presenter for Sky's coverage of Wales tonight - obviously didn't fancy the trip up here to Wrexham.
Sky can do 45 minutes build up to a bog-standard Championship game every Friday but five minutes for a Wales match. I know it was only a friendly, but still. Similarly there's only five minutes for the Ireland match on Sasturday. I know it's only Gibraltar, but still. No interviews, nothing. On a sports channel.
I assume that, like the Nations League, friendlies played on matchdays assigned for qualifiers are included as part of the qualifying contract. Certainly the ITV deal gives ITV live rights only to friendlies played before a tournament rather than all of them.
Sad to see that in the new deal we also lose the ITV highlights show at the end of each round of fixtures, which I thought was a really valuable show in terms of rounding up everything and giving Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland some decent UK-wide exposure. It was a good show that certainly wasn't averse to leading with a nation other than England. Instead it looks like, like the Nations League, ITV can only do highlights from matches played on the same night as their live game, so they can show Lithuania vs Luxembourg but not Scotland or Wales. Seems to rather negate the point of bringing all these qualifying rights together if we can't get a single show wrapping it all up.
Instead Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland get their own highlights shows on BBC1 in the nations, which in some ways is better because they can do them on the night rather than wait for the end of each "round" of fixtures - although BBC NI aren't doing their highlights of tonight's match until tomorrow - but this should have been in addition to a single nationwide show including everything.
I can't really complain given that you can see all the highlights shows on iPlayer and I have Sky Sports, so it's easy for me to follow Wales from London, but the Sportsnight-esque highlights show was really useful in rounding everything up without having to search out several different highlights shows from the different nations, and I was certainly seeing more of Scotland and Northern Ireland. Such a shame.