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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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Portsmouth confirm that Adams has been axed

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BSkyB increase Premier League share

BSkyB have secured the rights to five of the six packages of live Premier League football from the 2010-11 season to the end of 2012-13, with Setanta claiming the sixth.

Premier League set for rights bonanza

The Premier League hopes to conclude the sale of its live British TV rights for 2010-13 by tomorrow evening and be in a position to announce that it has surpassed the £1.7bn it earned last time, which would be an astonishing achievement in the midst of a global recession. The League announced late on Tuesday that four of the six packages available from 2010 onwards have been sold to BSkyB, for a sum believed to be similar to the £1.3bn paid by the same broadcaster for the same rights last time.

Premier League to cash in on TV windfall

New rights deal with Sky proves top flight remains immune to credit crunch

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