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Old Firm 'in talks' over TV deal

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The Old Firm believe they can offer SPL clubs a better deal

Celtic and Rangers may be set to mount a bid to take on the broadcasting rights to the Scottish Premier League.

Rangers confirmed the club was in talks with their Old Firm rivals about buying the TV rights to the SPL, following the collapse of Setanta last month.

The Glasgow clubs are unhappy at the deal offered by Sky and ESPN, thought to be worth £65m over five years.

The SPL said it had received no proposals from the Old Firm. Its board will discuss the issue on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Rangers said: "Rangers and Celtic have had discussions with regard to buying out the SPL television rights.

"Both clubs felt obliged to do this given the offer from Sky and ESPN is so low."

A spokesman for the SPL said: "We have not received a proposal from the Old Firm in relation to our TV rights.

"Until we do so we are not in a position to comment on it."

Regular payments

It has been reported that the Old Firm believe the rights are worth £25m over two years.

Setanta collapsed at the end of the season after failing to meet deadlines for regular payments to both the Premier League in England and its Scottish counterpart.

The SPL decided to seek new partners after the Irish broadcaster reneged on the final payment of £3m which was due to the league for broadcasting live games last season.

Acceptance of any new deal would require all 12 clubs to vote on a formal resolution, which would have to be supported by a majority of at least eight to four.



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