BT make a balls up of open­ing day

Midweek Sport - - BATCHELOR ON THE BOX -

BT Sport paid top dol­lar to grab a piece of the Pre­mier League, so no prizes for guess­ing what they screened on its main chan­nel on Satur­day af­ter­noon. Yep...Rugby Sevens! To be fair, it was the big one: ACT Brumbies ver­sus Auck­land.

Well, that is al­ways the first date in my diary when the fix­ture list comes out.

I know, I know. No­body is al­lowed to show live football in the sacro­sanct 3pm Satur­day slot.

But see­ing as BT Sport had paid Tony Pulis, Owen Har­g­reaves and Steve McMana­man some se­ri­ous wedge to sit and an­a­lyse the live feeds of the Pre­mier League’s open­ing day, you’d think they could do so for the full 90 min­utes.

Then again, af­ter hear­ing their ‘ex­pert’ anal­y­sis, the ran­dom chunks of rugby came as a blessed re­lief.

This was Har­g­reaves’ re­sponse when an­chor Jake Humphrey asked him about a goal in the West BromSouthamp­ton match.

“Erm...was it Lam­bert, yeah? Great week for him and to cap it off, this. He must be so thrilled.”

It was left to Humphrey – ap­par­ently the only man in that han­gar-sized stu­dio to re­alise that view­ers at home could not ac­tu­ally see the live feeds – to hastily ex­plain: “Rickie Lam­bert has scored a penalty.”

Re­mind me, what main busi­ness again?

Oh yes: com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

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