27 Sep '11, 1am

English football is controlled by television rather than clubs, Man Utd manager Alex Ferguson laments

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. -- PHOTO: AP MANCHESTER, England (AFP) - Television and not the clubs control English football Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson told the BBC on Monday. The 69-year-old said that United and their rivals were paying the price for the big money that television was paying for having the rights to show English Premier League matches live. The present deal struck for the period of 2010-2013 allows BSkyB and ESPN (who took over Setanta's part of the deal when they ran out of funds) to show 138 games a season at a combined cost of 1.78 billion pounds (S$3.59 billion). Under the deal, United earned more than 60 million pounds from television last season - a combination of fees for having their matches shown live, and prize money based upon league position. Ferguson said he found the schedule very demanding especially on weeks when...

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