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1Doncaster393078
2Plymouth391975
3Portsmouth392668

4Stevenage391262
5Blackpool392160
6Luton391960
7Exeter391659

8Carlisle39-259
9Mansfield39558
10Colchester39457
11Wycombe39055
12Cambridge Utd38654
13Grimsby39-252
14Barnet39-351
15Accrington Stanley38-149
16Crewe39-948
17Crawley Town39-1348
18Yeovil39-946
19Morecambe39-1546
20Notts County39-2246
21Hartlepool39-1641
22Cheltenham39-1639

23Newport County39-2133
24Leyton Orient39-2932

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TV Deal Signed - Cash for Clubs

By: Bill Osborne
Date: 30/10/2002

With no other option open to them the Football League has accepted a deal from ITV, which will allow ITV to show highlights of league games.

Some clubs voted against the deal as they remembered ITV's attitude to the ITV Digital collapse. But as there were no other options available the league accepted the offer and signed a two year contract.

The Football League will receive £5m. £2m cash and a £3m advance on the liquidation of ITV Digital. It will also not to pay Carlton and Granada's £1m costs from the unsuccessful legal action against them as ITV Digital's owners.

The 72 clubs will receive immediate cash payments of £111,000 for First Division clubs; £54,000 for Second Division sides; and 42,000 for those in Third Division.

No one is pleased with the TV companies who plunged the clubs into debt but the League have been hawking the highlights package around for some months now without any significant offer and have accepted the best deal they can get.

For clubs like Grimsby Town, £111,000 is a welcome additional income and coupled with the proposed £300,000 gift and £500,000 loan from the Football League will bring almost a million in funds to a club that has had to reduce staff wages to survive.

But we are not out of the woods yet with a forecast of a £3m loss to be reported. What it will do is give the club time to regroup and continue its cost cuttings in the hope that the same situation does not re-occur next season.




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