The Football League and BBC Sport have agreed a new three year contract that will allow the BBC to continue with its coverage of the various League-organised competitions. The deal, which will commence for the start of the 2012-13 season, will allow highlights packages to be broadcast for the Football League, the League Cup and the Football League Trophy.
The good news is that this means that the Football League Show will continue in its current format on Saturday night, despite fears that it would be canned at the end of this season. The BBC will also provide midweek highlights of League Cup matches, as well as dedicated programmes for the highlights for the League Cup and Football League Trophy finals. One slight change is that it appears that there are no scheduled live matches planned under this new deal, with the BBC having previously selected a handful of Championship matches for live broadcast.
In addition to television broadcasts, BBC 5 Live and BBC 5 Live Sports Extra will continue to have non-exclusive rights to all Football League, League Cup and Play-Off matches for radio commentaries. There will also be a round-up of Football League action scheduled for Monday nights with Mark Clemmit presenting a radio special.
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