History of Television and Football Television and Football John Logie Baird gave the world's first public demonstration of a working television system on 26 January at his laboratory in London. The BBC started its television service in and carried out its first experiment in covering football on 16th September when it broadcast part of a specially arranged game that took place between Arsenal and Arsenal Reserves.
This was followed by showing the international match, between England and Scotland on April 9, Even so, far more people watched the game in the stadium as only around 10, people at the time owned television sets.
For technical reasons, only games in London could be shown on television.
This included FA Cup finals and the occasional international game played at Wembley. However, this experiment of showing cup games other than finals was quickly abandoned. Although the Football Association allowed international games to be shown on television, the Football League was always reluctant to allow either highlights or live coverage of league matches as it feared it would have a negative impact on attendances.
When the Football League demanded a dramatic increase in player appearance payments the ITV pulled out of the deal. The first televised league highlights started in , when Anglia Television launched Match of the Week, which showed highlights of matches from the East Anglia region.
Match of the Day began in August when it showed the game between Arsenal and Liverpool. The first World Cup coverage on television took place in Two years later ITV regions began broadcasting its own highlights programmes.
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There was clearly large sums of money available for showing live First Division games. The top clubs felt that they deserved a greater percentage of this money and Manchester United , Liverpool , Arsenal , Tottenham Hotspur and Everton threatened to form their own Super League.
In it was agreed to establish the FA Premier League. The new league was almost identical to the old Football League Division One.
The main change was that its clubs would keep all TV revenues.