FA chairman Dyke welcomes new TV deal for FA Cup

New FA chairman Greg Dyke is delighted with the switch back to the BBC for the FA Cup.

New FA chairman Greg Dyke is delighted with the switch back to the BBC for the FA Cup.

Dyke welcomed the FA Cup's return to the BBC for the first time since 2008 and stressed that the competition still had an important role to play in club football despite the continual growth of the Premier League.

"Financially it's quite a jump in money from this year to the next, but also the fact that it's going on the BBC means there will be a lot of coverage across many outlets that help promote the FA Cup," he said.

"We've also got a pay deal with BT, which we're pleased about. Remember, all the money from the FA Cup goes back into football, it doesn't go to players' wages.

"There was some fairly intense competition for the rights, but they've ended up where we expected them to.

"I believe the FA Cup is still the greatest club cup competition in the world and you saw all the romance of it last year when Wigan won after beating the multi-million pound Manchester City team.

"The FA Cup operates in a different context to the Premier League. Last year I was chairman at Brentford, who went to play at Chelsea.

"That was so exciting and you can't explain what it meant to the fans. The FA Cup belongs to the fans."

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