SPFL looking for play-off rights windfall

The Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) could generate at least £7m (€8.2m/$10.7m) from the sale of rights to the end-of-season play-off games for the Scottish Premier League top division over the next four seasons, from 2013-14 to 2016-17, according to the Daily Record newspaper.

The newspaper said that UK telecommunications company BT, which will replace pay-television broadcaster ESPN as a rights-holder of the top-tier Scottish Premier League from next month, will bid against fellow SPL rights-holder, pay-television broadcaster BSkyB.

The current deals with Sky and BT do not include the play-off fixtures.

BT, which has live rights to 30 SPL games and 10 matches featuring lower-league Rangers, one of Scotland’s two biggest clubs, is hoping to schedule some games this coming season for Friday evenings, the report said.

No other football is regularly scheduled for Friday night television coverage in the UK.

SPL operations director Iain Blair said: “Bearing in mind we have the new Scotland police force, the view is that Friday night is absolutely not off the agenda. They will look at the risk assessment of each match and whatever else is going on in that locality on that particular evening. It is certainly possible you will see Rangers matches on a Friday evening.”