Scottish Premier League considers channel launch
28 Jan 11 -
The Scottish Premier League (SPL) is considering launching its own standalone television channel. The SPL has hired IMG Worldwide as advisors to look into the possibility of launching a channel and will provide a full evaluation in the next six months.
The league currently has a deal with Sky Sports and ESPN to air its matches and its domestic live television rights deal continues to the end of the 2013/2014 season but it has an option to terminate that contract at the end of next season. SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster told journalists that a number of other European football leagues had gone down this route or are currently exploring this option and that it was vital that the SPL fully understood the risks and rewards from an own-channel solution.