BT Sport tell high-profile pundits they face being out of pocket due to the impact of the coronavirus crisis
- BT Sport have told high-profile pundits that they face being out of pocket
- The likes of Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Savage and Peter Crouch could be impacted
- Pundits face prospect of not being paid in full due to suspension of the season
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BT Sport have informed high-profile pundits they face being out of pocket because of the growing impact of the coronavirus crisis on the network’s programming.
The broadcaster has a host of star talent, with Robbie Savage, Rio Ferdinand and Steve McManaman — as well as Sportsmail columnists Chris Sutton, Martin Keown and Peter Crouch — all regulars on BT.
However, pundits face the prospect of not being paid in full as a result of the suspension of the season.
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand working as a pundit for BT Sport
Many are understood to be on pro-rata contracts — and could miss out on fees for the remainder of their deals because there are no live games.
They would usually be paid in full at the end of the season, even if they have not met their allotted number of appearances, provided they were available to be selected for the full roster of live matches.
But BT Sport have told pundits they do not intend to do the same this year because of the decimated live schedule, a move that could save the broadcaster fortunes.
BT Sport are not providing refunds to subscribers on their packages, but are offering a one-month credit or using subscriptions to make donations to the NHS.
Pundits like Robbie Savage face the prospect of not being paid in full at the end of the season
Peter Crouch is another who could be impected, with pundits poised to miss out on fees
The channel are still hopeful of the season resuming, which would provide pundits with an opportunity to earn more.
But even if football does return, it is likely to be crammed into a condensed period which will have consequences for live programmes.
The network have launched extra programming, including the Early Kick Off show which was broadcast on Saturday and will provide pundits with an opportunity to work.
The channel may even consider looking at devising football-specific summer programming which could also help to make up the financial shortfall.
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