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Match of the Day future in doubt as ITV plan Premier League rights bid

ITV is expected to place a significant bid for the Premier League highlights rights for the 2016-19 seasons in the New Year, putting the future of Match of the Day in doubt.

ITV has recently lost the rights to Champions League, Europa League and Fa Cup football, meaning that they potentially have the extra budget to outmaneuver the BBC in the auction.

The 2016-19 season package is expected to sell for more than the £180 million paid by the BBC last time.

ITV has a team of presenters and pundits, such as Adrian Chiles and Lee Dixon, ready to take on the coverage if they snatch the rights from the BBC.

Match of the Day recently celebrated its 50th anniversary on the BBC, and it remains a ratings hit for the corporation with Gary Lineker as its main host.

However, it wouldn't be the first time that the BBC has lost the rights to ITV.
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In Defence Of... ITV Sport's World Cup coverage

I never thought I'd ever say this, but ITV aren't as bad as everyone makes out when it comes to live football. Hear me out - it's not as crazy as it may first sound.

For years, I've been baffled that anyone would choose to watch ITV over BBC One if given the choice. However, as this year's World Cup has proved so far, both channels have had their fair share of gaffes and errors.

The BBC is pretty stellar when it comes to live tennis, snooker, athletics and many other sports, and Match of the Day is clearly light years ahead of ITV's The Premiership, but has ITV suddenly gained back some ground this year?

There's probably two words that you're thinking which throws out my argument: Adrian Chiles. The former BBC man has become the face of ITV football, possibly because they're stuck with him and don't know where to plonk him.
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