Sky Sports have announced a new five-year deal to show Scottish Premiership matches from 2020 – and it’s fair to say football fans all over the country are pretty disappointed.
The satellite broadcaster has been sharing the rights with BT Sports for the last few seasons, but an announcement via their website earlier this evening broke the new that they’ve struck a deal to become ‘the only place’ you’ll be able to view top-flight Scottish matches from the end of next season onward.
Sky’s coverage has been criticised for a variety of different reasons, including ending programmes without post-match interviews, as well as repeatedly featuring a club’s name alongside the incorrect crest.
The general apathy towards Scottish football from Sky’s hierarchy has been in stark contrast to the alternative coverage provided by BT, who have introduced extended preview shows, as well as a variety of different pundits.
Judging by the reaction on social media, Sky’s new deal isn’t exactly the news fans were waiting for:
Genuinely gutted to see BT Sport lose the TV rights. Their coverage has been a class apart over the last few years.
— Oldfirmfacts (@Oldfirmfacts1) November 19, 2018
Worst news possible, although it was predicted. The inferior product that just about nobody has a good word to say about, ends up getting the gig. A company that doesn’t listen to its customers is no way forward! https://t.co/9CswJcMdZ8
— matt mcglone (@MattMcGlone9) November 19, 2018
— Chairman Lmao (@BenTheTim) November 19, 2018
Sky Sports illustrating it with a picture of two random teams there…
Sky Sports and The Old Firm. An incestuous, sectarian peddling, neoliberal cartel.
Pass the sick bucket.
— The Dandy Dons (@thedandydons83) November 19, 2018
— Simply [⭐] Celtic (@TheHoopsFan) November 19, 2018
Horrendous news for Scottish football fans
— Craig James Campbell (@craigceltic83) November 19, 2018
Terrible news for Scottish football absolutely devastated great programmes like Scottish football extra will be gone and we will get 5 mins of build up and post game
— Paddy (@PaddyB1988) November 19, 2018
Yet another own goal for Scottish football by the powers that be!
— Kieran 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@kieran271285) November 19, 2018
Absolutely dreadful news for Scottish football. I'll just have to stream the games cause I'm not giving you lot any money considering the terrible coverage you provide.
— NEILJUNG67 (@NEILJUNGERS67) November 19, 2018
Awful news for Scottish football fans.
— john m whalen 🍀 (@gcfcjohn) November 19, 2018
Terrible news for us Scottish football fans. I hope @SkySports do our game a little bit more of a service in the build up etc instead of your usual 15 mins of coverage. We deserve better and our game to be talked up a little more. Premier league is not the be all and end all!!!
— josh rippon (@JoshRippon_cfc) November 19, 2018
Honestly would rather grate ma own kneecaps than watch your 5 minutes of build up and use of the Dundee United logo when talking about Dundee. Worst decision the @spfl could have made.
— Bradley Booth (@bradleygbooth) November 19, 2018
Absolute joke,I certainly hope your going to up your game in your coverage then as it’s absolutely shocking at the moment,maybe you should take all BT sports presenters and pundits on board,a lot better than the dross that do it at moment.
— Neil urquhart (@urquhart_neil) November 19, 2018
Absolutely horrendous news. Your coverage of Scottish football is abysmal. BT Sport is far superior and treats Scottish football with the respect it deserves unlike Sky Sports with their 15 min coverage before a big game.
— Stuart (@scog27) November 19, 2018
Horrendous news, the picture they’ve put just sums up the whole thing as well. What an absolute joke
— Stephen Sibbald (@SSibbald9) November 19, 2018
What do you think of the news? Is Sky really that bad?