BT snatches 90th-minute victory

Professional sport – especially football – can more often be frustratingly mundane than great, as anyone who has spent time at an English ground will grudgingly relate.

But regardless of how exciting the competition itself is, the legal deal to bring Champions League games to BT Sport is nothing short of remarkable for its audacity. 

If you need convincing, check out this week’s interview with BT Sport lawyers Ronu Miah and Nigel Paterson.

The gargantuan BT Sport-Uefa football deal was the work of each side’s in-house legal team.

BT Sport dug deep into its coffers to hand over nearly £900m for a three-year deal to air live European football, leaving rivals Sky and ITV licking their wounds – especially the former, whose parent company saw £1.5bn wiped off its share price. ITV, in the meantime, has no live club football on its schedules in 2015.

And if football isn’t your thing, here’s an interview with BT’s general counsel Dan Fitz. Back to the box.

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