M2XLY Posted October 5, 2010 Share Posted October 5, 2010 Hi, dont know if this has been mentioned before but I sent an e-mail to Radio Lancashire (the one that originated in Blackburn) asking why they arent broadcasting any matches, their reply was: Many thanks for your mail. I'm afraid that you won't be able to find commentary on any Blackburn Rovers games on BBC Radio Lancashire this season as we no longer have the rights for that service. After many years of providing commentary on Rovers games, I can only say that we were all extremely disappointed that we were not able to secure a deal with the club when we looked to renew our arrangement in the close season. I'm not sure if you are aware that money was involved here but, as with TV rights, football clubs look to sell the rights for radio commentary on their games, and although we did try to come to an agreement, we were not able to secure a deal. Like everyone else these days, we are operating on reduced budgets and we were simply not in a position to come up with a figure to match the club’s expectations. I must stress that relations between the club and the radio station are perfectly amicable, but after providing full commentary on every away game…and some home fixtures too…for many years, our coverage of Rovers games this season will be limited to short reports and score flashes alongside our usual pre- and post-match reports and interviews. Because we were able to secure deals with the other Lancashire clubs you will hear commentary on games involving Blackpool, Burnley and Preston North End, focusing as always on the away fixtures. That's why we still maintain that we are "the home of live Lancashire football" as there is no other station offering that amount of commentary and live coverage. Rest assured that this is not the outcome I would have hoped for but, despite our very best efforts to negotiate a deal, the club wasn’t prepared to accept our offer. I hope this at least explains the situation. Best wishes John Clayton Editor - BBC Radio Lancashire PANTS !!!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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