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UK: Ofcom to demand more Premier League match availability

 |  January 13, 2015

UK communications authority Ofcom is expected to require the Premier League to make more football matches available for live broadcast, according to unnamed sources.

Ofcom reportedly met with pay-TV providers as part of its investigation into claims the Premier League unfairly restricts how many live matches are available for broadcast, forcing up prices. Virgin Media filed the original complaint to Ofcom, which is now expected to release its decision on the matter sometime in March.

But unnamed sources say Ofcom has already reached a preliminary decision on the matter and will likely force the Premier League to make more matches available for bidding, and possibly require the league to offer some non-exclusive rights on some games.

According to reports, less than half of the 2012 football season’s matches were up for grabs at the Premier League’s auction that year.

Full Content: The Telegraph

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