Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The Arsenal Women Arsecast Episode 33: Sky’s the limit

Welcome to a brand new episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, the number one podcast about Arsenal Women.

On this episode of the Arsenal Women Arsecast, Tim and Alex speak to some senior figures at Sky Sports about the groundbreaking rights deal that saw the channel buy the broadcast rights for the Women’s Super League for three years starting from 2021-22. Tim speaks to Director of Football at Sky Sports Gary Hughes and they talk about when and why Sky got involved in the bidding process, what goes into a rights bidding process and giving the WSL the “Sky treatment.”

Then Alex is joined by Sky Sports producer Nia Wyn Thomas and presenter Caroline Barker to talk about the content side of Sky’s coverage- the tactical analysis, how players might deal with increased scrutiny and criticism and the look and feel of Sky’s coverage. With thanks to Alexandra Horton at Sky for helping to put this episode together.

You can follow Tim on Twitter @Stillberto : Alex @AlexIbaceta23

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I really enjoyed hearing this although when Gary Hughes said about the Sky vision of engaging the male support of PL clubs with their womens teams and gave the example of AFC v Watford followed on by AWFC V West Ham as a double header at the Emirates. I thought bye bye all the good stuff about fan interaction with the players as it now is in the womens game and ultimately how the WSL has become a clone of the PL.

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