BT Sport face prospect of legal battle with pundits over coronavirus pay row

BT Sport could be heading for a legal battle in a pay row involving their star pundits.

Mirror Sport revealed last month big names like Rio Ferdinand, Jermaine Jenas and Robbie Savage could all miss out on appearance money during the coronavirus crisis.

It is understood BT Sport have now made a counter offer to try and solve matters but there is no agreement in sight and lawyers are now working in the background.

Sky and other broadcasters are paying their big names but BT Sport has also only offered subscribers a month’s credit or donation to the NHS as they look to cut costs through the coronavirus crisis.

Football on television has been on hold for nearly a month with BT unable to show any more live games but it means that other pundits – including Martin Keown, Joe Cole, Glenn Hoddle and Karen Carney – have been left without shows.

They have been willing to do shows but now those on pro rata contracts have been told they will not be paid for any outstanding appearances even though they always have been in the past.

The stars make the point they were able to do their allotted number before the crisis and the dispute is now threatening to get ugly.

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