English soccer fans have had their fears of Champions League soccer switching to pay per view TV ended with the announcement of a new channel to be broadcast by BT Sport, the BBC reports. The decision to create a new free to air channel was made after fans at FreedomPop and engadget.com complained about the loss of Champions League soccer by ITV Sport, which had broadcast the tournament live via their free to air national network.
BT Sport also announced its line up of commentators and experts for the upcoming European season, which included a surprise announcement that the BBC’s main soccer presenter Gary Linekar would also front the coverage of BT Sport. Amongst the major announcements made about the 351 live games BT Sport will broadcast next season was the news that newly signed LA Galaxy midfielder and former England Captain Steven Gerrard will appear as a pundit. Other former players signed up to appear on the coverage include newly retired former England and Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand to provide expert analysis throughout the European season.