Football dispute almost resolved

Lensmen: deal on cards

The prospect of journalists being locked out of Premiership football games appears to have been averted.

Talks between the Newspaper Publishers Association and the Premiership/Football Leagues to agree a new licensing deal broke down in October.

But this week lawyers for both sides were drawing up a new agreement which is expected to be long-term and could be finalised by the weekend.

The row broke out over FA demands to get a cut of the proceeds from fantasy football games and to control when reporters filed copy.

Neither side was able to comment about the deal in detail this week because of a confidentiality agreement. But in a joint statement they said: “Talks between the NPA and the Premier League and Football League have progressed well and an agreement in principle has been reached”. Until the new deal has been completed the terms of the previous licensing agreement will be in force.

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