Belfast Telegraph

Whelan slams Reds' TV plan

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has hit out at Liverpool's calls for clubs to sell their own television rights by insisting such a move "would kill off half the Premier League".

Reds managing director Ian Ayre said this week they were prepared to lead a challenge for Barclays Premier League clubs to sell overseas rights individually. The league's broadcast rights outside of the United Kingdom are presently sold in a joint package, which is worth £3.2billion for 2010-13 to be shared equally among the 20 clubs.

Whelan, though, slammed the "scandalous" proposal, and is quoted by several newspapers as saying: "It is absolutely scandalous. It is the 'American Dream', this. They are thinking 'How can we get more money'? But you won't get more money by killing the heart and soul of the Premier League and of football in England."

He added: "It would kill Wigan Athletic. It would kill Blackburn. It would kill off half the Premier League."

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