BT Sport and the BBC win FA Cup Rights
BT Sport and the BBC have secured a four year shared rights deal that will see both broadcasters become home to The FA Cup from 2014.
The deal will see the return of the oldest domestic club competition in world football to free-to-view TV with BT Sport - which is free for BT broadband customers - and BBC One.
Jake leads BT Sport’s coverage from the company’s ground breaking new studios in the Queen Elizabeth Park, Stratford. BT Sport is already due to show live matches from The FA Cup in the 2013-14 season along with live Barclays Premier League matches and a range of top class football from top tier leagues across the world.
"This is my very own Roy Of The Rovers moment. I'll never have the skills to play in an FA Cup final so to have the chance to present the final for the next few years is a dream for me," says Jake. "My hero Des Lynam was the ultimate football presenter and I'm delighted to be following in his footsteps by hosting FA Cup football. I'm also delighted I'll be sharing the fun and games with my friends from the BBC."
BT added, “We are thrilled to bring our viewers the incredible stories of passion, and victories against all odds, that pepper the history of the competition. These include Leeds United being humbled by Second Division Sunderland in the 1973 final, right up to May this year, when unfancied Wigan Athletic defeated Manchester City at Wembley."
“We will be fielding a superb line up of presenting talent to showcase and analyse all of the action. And because BT Sport is free with BT broadband on BT TV, online or via satellite we are confident that we can reach a large audience rapidly.”
New FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, commented: “I would like to thank everyone who expressed an interest in these FA Cup broadcast rights and congratulate BT Sport and the BBC on their successful tenders."
“BT Sport might be new to television but they’re a major corporation and have been a part of everyday British life for a number of decades."
BT Sport will show 38 exclusively live football matches from the Barclays Premier League, including 18 of the ‘top picks’ from August 2013 for three seasons. The channels will also show live FA Cup in the 2013/14 season, UEFA Europa League, top tier live football from Scotland, Germany, Italy, France, Brazil, Australia and the USA, plus action from the FA Women’s Super League and 30 live matches from the Football Conference
"This is another sign that BT Sport are going to be a big part of the everyday lives of sports fans for years to come and I'm so happy to be at the heart of the action," Jake says. "From the Football Conference to the Premier League via The FA Cup...from the top to the bottom we've got football covered."
"Also, with the BBC and BT sharing the games it means football fans in the UK can get all the FA Cup games completely free"
Find out more about this exciting new channel on the official BT Sports website.