A claim for £178.5 million ($258.52m; €286.29m) was filed Tuesday at London’s High Court by the Football League. It names Carlton Communications and Granada Media, the parent companies of collapsed ITV Digital which reneged on its costly soccer rights deal with the league.

But this claim – for money allegedly owed by ITVd – is peanuts alongside a second demand for £500m. According to the league, its salivating lawyers are currently preparing a case for extracting half a billion pounds in damages from ITV’s controlling duo.

The ITV Two declared last night that the action will be “robustly defended”.

Data sourced from: The Times (London); additional content by WARC staff