Sport BT Sports presenter Jake Humphreys

All that waiting, all that expectation over the summer, it is over my friends. The Premier League is back. While it is the duty of BT Sport's football anchor Jake Humphrey to inflate his own programme with hyperbole, which he duly fulfilled with his opening statements, it is the prerogative of the punter to validate the product with his or her on/off button.

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Sky could be forced to sell content to rivals

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England's World Cup highlights sold to ITV by Setanta

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Conor Dignam On Broadcasting: Cutbacks by Channel 4 look like a strategy to get more public funds

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On Setanta's satellite, no one can hear you scream

If Fabio Capello prefers playing away – in the trad-itional sense rather than the Sven one – because his team don't feel the pressure of the fans on their backs, then he must be delighted with Setanta. Even most of the couch potato fans can't throw their pizza slices and empty beer cans at the telly. Only 1.55 million people tuned into the digital subscription channel on Wednesday night to watch England play Croatia. Even Gordon Brown expressed his concern that there was no live coverage on terrestrial TV, and these days when the Prime Minister gets involved, you know you're in trouble.

Millions snub England highlights amid TV row

Only 222,000 viewers tuned in to watch highlights of England's win over Croatia despite Setanta making them available for free to digital and satellite viewers.

Cracks show in Burley's logic after Scotland's stumbling start

And on the bright side, Scotland have lost the opening game of a World Cup campaign before and still reached the finals. That was in the race for places at the 1978 junta-fest in Argentina. Their opening qualifier ended in a 2-0 defeat in Czechoslovakia but Ally MacLeod's men still managed to top their section and progress.

Sport on TV: Footballers show again all that glitters is not gold

It's time for the last event in the emotional gymnastics, when you realise you're no longer feeling anxious about a whole range of obscure sports you won't think about for another four years. Apart, that is, from the few who will jump off the couch, vault on to the sideboard and execute an effortless double pike out of the back door in order to begin realising their dreams for 2012.

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Beijing Media Diary: And the 100m freestyle winner izzzzz...

Transfer of power puts Keane in the mood for a scrap

"What we say is: 'Listen, this is the option, this is a club that's going places.' There's no need to give them any bull. So you make your case. But we don't beg."

It all adds up for Scotland as prudence pays dividends

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Inside Lines: Why Beijing is no T-party for the Brits

Forty years ago it was the clenched fist and black glove which marked the first Olympic political protest, in Mexico City. Will another hand gesture become a symbol of the Beijing Games? Politically conscious competitors are being urged by the Free Tibet movement to form a T-shape with palm and fingers to demonstrate their support when receiving medals. However, the British Olympic Association chairman, Colin Moynihan, says he does not believe any of the 313 British athletes will defy IOC rules and do so, warning: "The use of the podium for political propaganda is explicitly forbidden." However, he confirms that those who have real concerns over China's human rights "will be able to speak out freely and will have the opportunity to do so in press conferences". He adds: "My own feeling is that our athletes will be too utterly focused in winning to bother about politics, as Seb Coe and I were when we defied Margaret Thatcher over Moscow in 1980." There seems a sense of mischief in the Beijing organisers' choice of place to billet some British journalists – Hotel Tibet.

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