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GARY LINEKER IN SHOCK SIGNING FOR LALIGA TV

Gary Lineker will host top live LaLiga action after a surprise announcement that he will join the Spanish league’s TV channel.

LaLiga TV has confirmed Lineker has agreed a “multi-year deal” to present key fixtures as well as featuring on the VIVA LaLiga TV programme.

He’ll continue to host the BBC’s Match of the Day Premier League highlights and live FA Cup coverage. His contract with the corporation is not exclusive and was recently extended – see HERE.

Lineker will no longer be part of BT Sport’s Champions League coverage after announcing in the summer he was leaving the broadcaster despite a generous offer to stay – see HERE.

The former Barcelona striker said he was “thrilled” to be part of LaLiga TV and had watched the channel “every weekend for the last two seasons”.

LaLiga TV is available in the UK through Premier Sports and Amazon Prime Video Channels. It screens every LaLiga TV game live (although games which clash with the UK’s 3pm Saturday blackout restrictions are screened on delay). Some matches are shown free-to-air on Premier’s spin-off channel FreeSports.

This season’s LaLiga fixtures kick off on Friday August 13.

SUBSCRIBE TO LALIGA TV HERE

EURO 2020 – WHO’S IN THE BBC AND ITV’S TEAMS

A year later than planned Euro 2020 arrives across the BBC and ITV. Here FOOTIE ON TV takes a rundown of the TV teams for BBC and ITV

BBC SPORT

PRESENTERS

Gary Lineker, Gabby Logan, Eilidh Barbour and Mark Chapman.

PUNDITS

Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard, Alex Scott, Micah Richards, Ashley Williams, Mark Hughes, Darren Fletcher, Kenny Mclean, Shelley Kerr, James McFadden, Hal Robson-Kanu, Neil Taylor, Petr Cech, Eric Abidal, Cesc Fabregas, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Jurgen Klinsmann.

COMMENTATORS

Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Robyn Cowen, Steve Bower, Jonathan Pearce, Vicki Sparks, Rob McLean and Mark Scott. Co-commentators include Dion Dublin, Karen Carney, Jermaine Jenas, Martin Keown, Danny Murphy, Robbie Savage and James McFadden.

REPORTERS

Kelly Somers with the England team, Eilidh Barbour with Scotland and Carl Roberts with Wales.

GAMES

Opening game of the tournament Turkey v Italy on BBC One with England, Wales and Scotland’s openers also on the BBC. Full Euro 2020 TV schedule HERE

NEW PREMIER LEAGUE TV DEAL AGREED HERE

FA CUP FREE-TO-AIR ON BBC AND ITV NEXT SEASON HERE

GARY LINEKER LEAVES BT SPORT HERE

ITV

PRESENTERS

Mark Pougatch, Seema Jaswal, Reshmin Chowdhury

PUNDITS

Ian Wright, Roy Keane, Gary Neville, Patrick Vieria, Graeme Souness, Ashley Cole, Eni Aluko, Robert Earnshaw, Emma Hayes, Nigel de Jong, John Collins, Joe Ledley, Nadia Nadim, Scott Brown and Andros Townsend.

COMMENTATORS

Sam Matterface, Clive Tyldesley, Joe Speight, Seb Hutchinson, Tom Gayle. Co-commentators include Lee Dixon, Ally McCoist and John Hartson. Peter Walton is the referee analyst.

REPORTERS

Gabriel Clarke with England, Michelle Owen and Raman Bhardwaj.

GAMES

ITV have two of the three England group matches including the match with Scotland. The France v Germany clash is also one of ITV’s early matches. Full Euro 2020 TV schedule HERE

GARY LINEKER LEAVES BT SPORT

Gary Lineker has revealed he’s leaving BT Sport – despite a “generous offer” to stay on.

Lineker announced on his Twitter account that he’s decided to step down from his job as the main anchor for the station’s Champions League coverage. The Chelsea-Man City Porto final will be his last game with the station.

He said he was “genuinely proud of being part of their truly ground-breaking coverage” which he has hosted for the last six years.

Lineker says he’s decided to “do things that I’ve promised myself I’d do” like follow Leicester across Europe with his sons.

He will continue to host Match of the Day and Euro 2020 after agreeing a new five-year deal with BBC Sport last year HERE

WATCH THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL FOR FREE HERE

NEW PREMIER LEAGUE TV DEAL AGREED HERE

FA CUP FREE-TO-AIR ON BBC AND ITV NEXT SEASON HERE

GARY LINEKER AGREES NEW FIVE-YEAR BBC DEAL

Photo: BBC Sport

Gary Lineker has agreed a new five-year deal with the BBC – although he’ll take a 23 per cent pay cut to remain with the corporation.

The 59-year-old will remain at the helm of Match of the Day as well as hosting the BBC’s coverage of the FA Cup alongside the Euros and World Cup tournaments. He’ll also continue to front the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

His new deal is not exclusive meaning he’ll also be able to continue his work on BT Sport where he anchors the broadcaster’s Champions League coverage.

“I love working with the BBC and am very proud to continue to be part of their outstanding football team,” the former England striker said.

“I’m looking forward to the next five years with a European Championship and World Cup on the horizon, it’s exciting times for me and the team.”

The BBC’s head of TV sport, Philip Bernie, described Lineker as “the outstanding football presenter of his time.”

“The BBC is extremely pleased to have him leading our coverage so exceptionally for another five years,” Bernie commented.

Lineker was originally a pundit on Match of the Day before taking over as the host in 1999.

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