England – Betting firms Coral, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power along with 4 others currently have streaming rights to FA Cup matches in England, which they obtained from the agency IMG.
Recently they have received a barrage of abuse and criticism, along with the English FA, for showing games to punters who have placed a wager on the fixtures.
However, it is reported that the FA is now open to exploring other possibilities.
The main concern though is that the FA does not want the streamed matches to clash with live televised fixtures.
The current chairman of the Betting & Gaming Council, Brigid Simmonds commented:
“Our members did not seek exclusivity for the rights to screen FA Cup games. They are therefore happy for IMG to offer the rights to screen these games to the Football Association or another appropriate body so that the games can be viewed for free by the public with immediate effect.”
Other betting firms that also acquired the rights include Unibet, Bet365, William Hill and Betfair.
The English FA said it will be reviewing the media rights process ahead of tendering rights from the 2024 season.
However, Nigel Adams, a British politician and Minister of State for Sport, Media & Creative Industries is meeting with the English FA next week to discuss the situation further and see if a resolution can be agreed before 2024 – which is the date of the next tendering rights review.