Although I have BT Sport, my concern for those who haven't, is the lack of a proper FTA highlights package on Channel 4 of the weekends games. A Channel 5 style show, using BT commentators, would suffice.
Yes, I assume a highlights package was offered as Virgin Media Ireland have a full highlights show shown first on Virgin Media Sport then repeated on Virgin Media One or Virgin Media Two.
Selling out the Challenge Cup made no sense last year when it would have boosted the FTA package nicely to add one match per round along with the main Champions Cup rights.
I agree for years UEFA sold Champions League & UEFA Cup/Europa League separately which is why you always seen Champions League on ITV/Sky but the secondary competition was shown a mix of BT/ITV4/Channel 5 and before then you had matches all over the place but when BT got the exclusive rights they had to show all the Europa League as well to get the Champions League, surely ECPR could have said to Channel 4 you get the pick of the Champions Cup but have to show 1 or 2 Challenge Cup matches even if it was or have to show a full highlights package on Channel 4 or More 4. They should have done the same to BT Sport and say you have to show all matches on BT Sport Interactive Services or even BT Sport ESPN if they had too much live sport on, the treatment of the Challenge Cup has been a downside since Sky Sports lost the rights.
Last edited by toby lerone 2016 on 6 November 2019 11:16pm