David Coleman: Not forgotten

December 21, 2013

Spare a thought this weekend, as you endure the piercing drone of Jonathan Pearce or the hyperbolic revisionism of Guy Mowbray, for the family of David Coleman, who passed away today at the age of 87 after a ‘short illness’. There is no doubt that a man as beloved as Coleman was in his professional life will be missed hugely by those who were privileged enough to know him on a daily basis, and his passing is another than reminds us of the fact that while sport may have moved onward and upward in almost every respect, commentary most certainly […]

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SPOTY 2013: Here we go again…

November 26, 2013

I don’t know about you, but right now there is something a little disconcerting about a large number of BBC employees being in one place, something that is basically inevitable as the average BBC presenter travels with a retinue slightly larger than that of Alexander the Great. Of course there is not a hint of an accusation or even suggestion that the evil of the likes of Jimmy Savile or Stuart Hall still roams the corridors of broadcasting power, but it has been a rough couple of years for the Beeb and most people would choose to lie low at […]

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Masterful Marquez

November 10, 2013

Today was a bittersweet moment for some of the fans of MotoGP in the UK, particularly those without access to the frankly peerless world of sport that is Sky as the season culminated in a wonderful race full of drama and skill, presented by a team of people who are not only at the top of their game and as good as anyone at the BBC but who also were working together in that context for the last time. With money being allocated for other events in the coming years the BBC has decided it will add MotoGP to the […]

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The view from the sidelines

October 11, 2013

It’s rare that Danny Mills gets praise in the English media, although here at Bet123 we slightly suspect he may be the man behind the ever-popular ‘Secret Footballer’ column in the Guardian newspaper, although nobody is sure, but his appointment to the Football Association Commission by Greg Dyke this week should be met with happiness. After being branded ‘pointless’ but Match of the Day host Gary Lineker via the medium of Twitter this week Mills highlighted exactly the problem with such statements, and one of the biggest issues facing the national team going forward under Roy Hodgson. When confronted with […]

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BT Sport: Weekend report

August 19, 2013

There have been a fair few challenges to the Sky dominance sport broadcasting in the UK, none of which have worked out particularly well for those involved to date and this weekend just gone saw BT Sport roll out their main event for the launch of their new service, coverage of the opening game in the Premier League between Liverpool and Stoke. The Anfield club may lack the lustre of years gone by, and Stoke are certainly no beauty queens in footballing terms but the two gave us a decent spectacle, with a couple of talking points and a dramatic […]

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July 23, 2013

The way football fans have been kept entertained in recent times when the game is on a break and the year ends in an odd number has been with the transfer rumour market, and all those who lurk in those murky waters, but of late the citizens seem less interested. The way the transfer sagas surrounding Luis Suarez and Wayne Rooney in particular have dragged on and on has left a slightly sour taste in the mouths of a lot of fans, and the previous line drawn between the sources worth reading and those worth ignoring seems to be fading […]

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