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Sky Sports resorts to off-tube commentary following fall out with BCCI

Kevin Peterson England Cricket Player
Tuesday, 12 February 2013 By Tom Burrows

2012 was a golden summer for British sports fans, with viewers treated to stunning sporting performances by Team GB at London 2012, Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France, the European Ryder Cup team and Andy Murray at the US Open. This success for British sport continued with the England cricket team recently making history by becoming the first England side to win a test series in India since 1985. 

Whilst viewers in the UK were able to watch the record breaking exploits of Alistair Cook and his England side through Sky Sports' coverage, such coverage was threatened by a dispute between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and BSkyB which ultimately led to BSkyB‘s commentary team providing off-tube commentary (i.e. recorded by BSkyB’s commentators describing the pictures they were seeing on the television in Isleworth, rather than being at the various stadia in India) of the matches.

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Tom Burrows

Tom is Head of Legal – Content at Perform Group. He is primarily responsible for supporting the content division of Perform's business, in particular advising on the global distribution of Perform’s digital sports media products. Prior to joining Perform, Tom was an Associate in the Sport Group at Sheridans.

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