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.

Live matches on TV to double after ESPN agrees three-year deal

Premier Rugby has struck a new three-year broadcasting deal with ESPN and limited the potentially crippling financial impact of Setanta's collapse.

Guinness Premiership sign ESPN deal

ESPN have added the Guinness Premiership to their expanding portfolio of live sport after agreeing a three-year deal with competition organisers Premier Rugby.

New television deal for FA Cup

The Football Association have agreed a four-year deal television deal with ESPN, worth in the region of £35m, to broadcast FA Cup ties.

Debut on the Net makes my eyes go blurry

With England comes controversy and last night's international was no different. Only this time it wasn't about the players or the performance, it was about the pay-for-view website which had exclusive rights to show the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

FA deny Burton delay reports

The Football Association have dismissed suggestions that development of the National Football Centre at Burton has again been put on hold.

Racism track record could help 2018 bid says Triesman

Lord Triesman is hoping England's history of tackling racism in football will play a part in the 2018 World Cup bid.

Dundee chairman blasts Scottish breakaway talk

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has accused the Old Firm of "undermining" the Scottish Premier League after the chief executives of both Celtic and Rangers reiterated their desire to leave.

FA attacks No 10 over missing millions for 2018 bid

Triesman: Brown must deliver the millions he pledged to fund England's World Cup campaign

Leading article: A new way of seeing sport

There is much indignation at the fact that next week's England versus Ukraine World Cup qualifying match will be shown on the internet and not on television. Critics say it is unfair that those without a computer or internet access, particularly the poor and the elderly, should be excluded from seeing the national team in action. The trouble with that argument is that it is out of date.

End of an era as England qualifier moves online

This weekend's England football international will be broadcast exclusively live over the internet for the first time, it emerged today.

Archie Bland: 'Sky may have Sean Bean doing its voice-overs, but ESPN have Steven Berkoff'

The Couch Surfer: "If it were an honest ad, it would show a tubby fella in a Liverpool shirt eating prawn sandwiches"

Capello the untouchable after year of revolution

In the 12 months since his England side were booed off the pitch at Wembley, the manager has led a remarkable turnaround

Search on for new FA Cup sponsor

The Football Association has confirmed energy giant E.ON will not be renewing its sponsorship deal with the FA Cup at the end of this season.

Business Diary: US foreign policy begins with the banks

Alistair Darling eat your heart out. Despite taking stakes in some of our largest banks, the Chancellor doesn't seem able to influence their lending policies. They're so much more ambitious in the US, where Reuters reports that the bailed-out Bank of America Merrill Lynch has been forced by the government to drop one client because of its links with Iran. So both economic and foreign policy goals are delivered in one.

Financial gloom hangs over kick-off in Scotland

It's the land of the long, dark cloud. The SPL begins at lunchtime today when Celtic visit Aberdeen with Scottish football's future looking bleaker than ever, and it's not the national side's humiliation in Oslo that is casting the shadow, rather the increasingly parlous state of the game's finances. If all dozen clubs in the top flight are still up and running come May that will represent a successful season.

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