Dunfermline Athletic

SETANTA TV deal falls through

Author: Niall Shaw Date: Friday, 6th Sep 2002

Scottish football has been dealt another financial blow with the news the Setanta Sport deal to screen 10 pay-per-view games has been scrapped.

The clubs could muster only an 8-4 vote in acceptance for the 600,000 deal, but an 11-1 majority was needed.

Setanta had hoped to secure a deal to show the live games but their botched attempt to screen Celtic` s Champions League qualifier against FC Basle wrecked any chance.

Aberdeen chief executive Keith Wyness said: "The collapse of the deal does indicate the scale of the overall financial situation within Scottish football.

"I`m still hopeful another deal to show pay-per-view games can be struck, but it must be right.

"We have to offer a service to people in England and other parts of the world who don`t receive the BBC coverage and can`t see live Scottish games.

"That`s another way of raising the profile of Scottish football."



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