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Live sport

Live commentary on football, rugby league and rugby union. Commentary is either on air or online - or both: ON AIR - tune your radio into BBC Radio Manchester 95.1 FM. ONLINE - click on the link provided.

Saturday 23 February

Listen to Manchester Sports from 1pm:

• Wigan v Derby (3pm) – ON AIR


Sunday 24 February

Listen to Manchester Sports from 1pm:

• Blackburn v Bolton (3pm) – ON AIR


Monday 25 February

Listen to Manchester Sports from 7pm:

• Manchester City v Everton (8pm) – ON AIR


Online football commentary

  • Why can't I listen to some BBC football commentary on the website?

Charles Runcie, Head of Sport for BBC English Regions, explains:

"The reason we cannot put our excellent local radio football commentaries on BBC sites is that the copyright for them is owned by the sports rights holder, the Football League. they effectively 'license' us to do radio commentaries, for which we pay annual fees direct to the clubs.

"The clubs themselves own the rights to put their audio commentaries of their matches on the internet, not the BBC. They have all chosen to sign a deal with a company that run their websites. When the BBC and a football club agree a commentary deal, reflected in this is the provision for a club to request to use this commentary on their website. The BBC is under no obligation to provide this, but usually does so at no cost to us. Nor does the BBC make any money from this - it is part of a contract with a football club.

"The Football League's website partner has recently developed technology to allow for "pay per view" elements of club websites - this is increasingly the case with websites worldwide. In difficult financial times for football clubs they must find additional revenue streams to finance the day-to-day running of the club, so they have decided to put not only internet commentaries for all their action, but video highlights, a searchable video archive and other video and audio news, interviews and features in a PPV part of their site."

FA Cup 2007/08: The BBC has rights to FA Cup games including live online commentary for this season. From the 3rd round onwards, streaming is limited to UK users only.

last updated: 22/02/2008 at 15:45
created: 25/05/2007

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