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BIGLEE
29th December '11, 12:08 PM
Fans' fury with BBC set to axe Football League Show


Fans across the country have received a blow with the BBC set to axe their popular Football League show.

The programme, which airs after Match of the Day late on a Saturday night, is seen as being too expensive.

When the Football League Show wasn't shown on Boxing Day, fans responded furiously.


And an insider told the Mirror: 'This will be the last season the BBC broadcasts the Football League Show.

'It is coming to the end of a three year contract and it will not be renewed.'

Presenter Manish Bhasin said that the programme didn't air on Boxing Day due to a 'budget decision' and also said that he shared the frustration of viewers.

On the future of the Football League Show, Bhasin told his Twitter followers: 'Not sure where these rumours have come from but the FLS has NOT been scrapped! It's on til May and who knows maybe even longer....but.'


Fan Fiona Martin said on Twitter: 'The BBC can't afford to have the football league show, but they can pay Alan Hansen 40k a week!'

And Christopher Clark wrote: 'If the BBC didn't pay millionaire Shearer so much maybe the budget would stretch?'

Speculation will now be fuelled that Match of the Day, which is up for tender next year, will also be scrapped.


The BBC have lost a number of high-profile sporting events in recent years, with many Formula One fans still angry after the corporation announced it would share its live coverage with Sky next season.

The BBC's sporting budget has been cut by 15 per cent, and live football is at a premium.

Sky still dominate the market with live coverage of the Premier League, while ITV screen the Champions League, the FA Cup and England internationals.

The BBC's only live football is supplied by Championship games, and the latter stages of the League Cup.

Julio Cesar
29th December '11, 12:13 PM
Shit show anyway

Josh bigdon Grizzly chickenkormapilauandnaan CatchACat

Nigel
29th December '11, 12:15 PM
Never knew it was being axed, all I heard was that it was off air till the 14th due to budget discrepancies. Tbh tho I never watch the whole thig just check the highlights on the BBC website.

Will be a shame if it goes off air though

BIGDON
29th December '11, 12:29 PM
will be a shame if it goes off air it can be a good watch but overall the coverage of the lower leagues is bad if u cant get to see your team live your lucky to see over a minutes worth of highlights

hopefully were back on MOTD next season anyway :-D

Hutch
29th December '11, 12:46 PM
Lol at them blaming the tight budget on Shearer and Hansen's wages.. Like they don't spend a shit load of money on their hundreds of other terrible programmes that no one watches :smh:

But also lol at Hansen being on 40k a week for about 15 minutes work.

Football league show is on too late tho tbh they should move it to BBC2.

Rambo
29th December '11, 12:54 PM
shit program tbh

Julio Cesar
29th December '11, 12:54 PM
I cant believe steve claridge gets paid to talk about football

Gallas
29th December '11, 12:55 PM
terrible show, hate that bird who reads the text and emails. shows for proper retards.

Tony Starks
29th December '11, 01:16 PM
Its a good show. Fans of every single club in the football league get to see their teams on TV once a week, each player that scores a goal in the football league can watch it back and will have the memory of it being shown on TV that same night. What's wrong with that? That's great to me, and the BBC have got it wrong again.

The value for money in the quality of punditry and analysis on MOTD is the real issue here and I'm sorry but this season Gary Neville on Sky>>>>>anyone on MOTD. Alan Hansen re-watching goals and picking out 'bad defending' time and time again isn't cutting it. And apart from having decent banter with Hansen and Shearer once in a while I can't see why Lawrenson is still around tbh. They're all over paid and a waste of budget and the BBC responds by cutting a programme that affects fans of about 60 clubs all over the country smh

Villain_94
29th December '11, 01:18 PM
the goals on the fls >>>>> the goals on motd

Josh
29th December '11, 01:52 PM
bit of a shame tbh

Hutch
29th December '11, 01:55 PM
BBC lost Formula 1 too lol.

R.I.P BBC sport.

Hij
29th December '11, 02:03 PM
Its a good show. Fans of every single club in the football league get to see their teams on TV once a week, each player that scores a goal in the football league can watch it back and will have the memory of it being shown on TV that same night. What's wrong with that? That's great to me, and the BBC have got it wrong again.

The value for money in the quality of punditry and analysis on MOTD is the real issue here and I'm sorry but this season Gary Neville on Sky>>>>>anyone on MOTD. Alan Hansen re-watching goals and picking out 'bad defending' time and time again isn't cutting it. And apart from having decent banter with Hansen and Shearer once in a while I can't see why Lawrenson is still around tbh. They're all over paid and a waste of budget and the BBC responds by cutting a programme that affects fans of about 60 clubs all over the country smh

To put it how you lot put it sometimes, Starks is "Freeing the realness".

If the wages of Shearer and Hansen are too much, sack them, despite their former football ability they are both boring, bring nothing to the table - so much so that I only watched the whole show when I was in prison as you had to, whereas now I'm out again I fast forward

Jack 1017
29th December '11, 02:38 PM
Goals on Sunday>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>MoTD
Sky Sports>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>BBC1

inb4Channel5ive Big 45 Mr. Jefferies

The.Z
29th December '11, 02:57 PM
It's a good show and I enjoy watching it. This is disappointing to hear but not too surprising.

chris89
29th December '11, 03:08 PM
Goals on Sunday>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>MoTD
Sky Sports>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>BBC1

inb4Channel5ive Big 45 Mr. Jefferies.

chickenkormapilauandnaan
29th December '11, 03:09 PM
I was pissed when I learnt it wasn't on boxing day. I wanted to see our goals vs crystal palace. :(

Matt91
29th December '11, 03:49 PM
I like goals on Sunday but never get up early enough

Also bros its a sad day for sport as Georgie Thompson has left sky sports to go on their bullshit F1 channel, hopefully they sign an upgrade ASAP

sunil
29th December '11, 04:32 PM
motd and hansen >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

packy boy manesh and claridge <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

they should just do a quick round up on motd once premier league games are showed

most probably itv will buy the rights and will be 3 hours long due to adverts every 10 minutes

Matt91
29th December '11, 06:14 PM
looooooooooooooooooooooooool at c/s motd pundits I only like Lineker but he doesn't really have an input, Kammy>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Ben Shepherd<<<<<<<<<<

Goals on Sunday's guests>>>>>>>>>>>

Hij
29th December '11, 06:22 PM
just get rid of the pundits and play just footie

Danielson
29th December '11, 06:22 PM
JamieQpr where will you watch your highlights next year?

Shower Posse
29th December '11, 06:47 PM
If they lose Motd as well it's peak for bbc

Grizzly
29th December '11, 07:54 PM
I don't watch it much tbh cause i just watch the highlights on the blues site.

It shouldn't be axed though.

Julio Cesar
29th December '11, 08:20 PM
JamieQpr where will you watch your highlights next year?

Probably on the bbc sport if we dont get any players in next month :sad:

StrallyMan
30th December '11, 08:49 PM
didnt think id be saying this anytime soon but thank fuck i support Arsenal

BIGDON
3rd January '12, 12:03 AM
lol aint been on for 2 weeks now

:woah:

Matt91
3rd January '12, 12:06 AM
is hansen on motd lately?

chris89
3rd January '12, 12:09 AM
he's on now Lex

Matt91
3rd January '12, 12:09 AM
he's on now Lex

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I-LOVE-LIVERPOOL
3rd January '12, 12:20 AM
Football League Show sucks balls, I'd prefer Sky or ESPN even to pay for the rights to football league highlights.

I'm sure they BBC would save a few mill a year if they just sacked all the commentators they use. It's not even real commentating, it's just guys telling you that a goal is going to happen 5 seconds in advance, which sucks balls.

Hansen on 40k per MOTD is peak.