Further TV deal reportedly agreed with Scottish football

AS widely expected, and widely reported today, the sports TV broadcasters, ESPN, has reportedly followed Sky Sports in agreeing a deal with Scottish football.

Says, for instance, The Herald, today: “ESPN yesterday followed Sky Sports in announcing a five-year agreement with the SPL that also allows them to show Rangers matches from the Irn-Bru Third Division. ESPN confirmed they would show 30 SPL encounters and 10 Rangers tie, starting with Hibernian’s visit to Dundee United tomorrow.”

The Scotsman – which also carries today an interview with BBC Radio Scotland pundit, Chick Young – begins its reporting of the story: “Scottish Premier League chief executive, Neil Doncaster, has revealed clubs face a ‘slight’ reduction in broadcasting income but warned fans would still need to increase their support to avert financial hardship.”