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  1. Police Scotland has said that problems which resulted in a loss of the 999 phone service across Tayside and Fife have been resolved. The force had reported a "significant" loss of service from about 05:00 to 07:30. They had been advising those who needed the service to use a mobile phone and not a landline and had deployed police patrols to affected areas. However, they said full service had now been restored. A Facebook posting said: "Police Scotland are pleased to advise that the issues related to the loss of 999 calls for the Tayside and Fife areas have been resolved." The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service control room in Dundee said they had been affected by the 999 outage but that services were now up and running again. It comes after the force said that they had been advised by British Telecom about a "significant loss of the 999 service in the wider Tayside and Fife areas". https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-scotland-tayside-central-46272321 bit worrying, 999 going down!
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    BT vs SkySports

    Anyone choosing which package to get for the new footy season? Champions League and Europa League, exclusive to BT, plus a selection of Premierleage football matches, their full package is £50 per month, free if you have BT TV. Sky on the other hand less football but still a rip of fee? Thoughts.
  3. Sky and BT Sport have paid a record £5.136bn for live Premier League TV rights for three seasons from 2016-17. The figure represents a 70% increase on Sky and BT's current £3bn deal.   It is unclear whether the increase will affect ticket prices, although Sky pundits and former England internationals Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville said the matter was an issue.   The Premier League said it plans to invest £56m in grassroots projects, including 50 artificial pitches. Under the new contract, 168 games will be shown live, at an average cost of £10.2m per match.   Sky paid £4.176bn for 126 matches per season, including the first Friday evening games and both Sunday packages. BT paid £960m for 42 games per season, four more than its present deal. Former Liverpool defender Carragher said: "The amounts involved in ticket pricing, especially for away fans, has to change." Neville, co-owner of Evo-Stik league side Salford City, added: "I want sensible ticket pricing and grassroots football to benefit as much as possible from this deal. Who doesn't? This is a big issue!"   Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore told BBC Sport: "Clubs understand that the number one strategic priority is to keep the stadiums full.   "They also need to understand that young fans must be encouraged to attend games. The clubs will do the right thing. "Our record stands for itself. Ever since the time when we invested a percentage of our income in grassroots football and the Football Foundation, that whole activity area has grown. "We will this year give away £250m. It will be over £800m over the course of this deal." Biggest TV deals Competition Annual cost Total cost Duration NFL (American football) $4.95bn (£3.24bn) $39.6bn (£25.95bn) 8 years (2014-22) NBA (basketball) $2.6bn (£1.7bn) $24bn (£15.73bn) 9 years (2016-25) MLB (baseball) $1.55bn (£1.02bn) $12.4bn (£8.13bn) 8 years (2014-21) Premier League £1.7bn £5.14bn 3 years (2016-19) Sky are currently paying £760m a year to broadcast 116 live games - £6.6m a fixture. That sum has risen to £11m on average for each of their matches. Asked if the figure was obscene, Scudamore said: "It is not. It is market forces. "It is unscripted drama, the show the clubs put on. "People want to see the top stars here. Look at the excitement of transfer deadline day. "I am surprised by the size of it. Burnley are now, economically, bigger than Ajax. "This is a good deal for all the clubs in English football and all the other organisations and charities that depend on Premier League revenues."   http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/31357409   £5.1 Billion!!!  That is really eyewatering, in an age where everything seems to be cut, prices going up etc, for a Premier League game to be worth £10 Million quid is amazing!!!

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