The BBC is predicting that the next Premier League TV deal, covering 2017-2019, will go for some £4.4bn when it is announced later today, far eclipsing the current deal worth £3bn. The BBC, BT and Sky all have rights to the league in one form or another, with Discovery, which owns Eurosport and Qatari channel BeIn also expected to bid this time round.
By way of contrast, the figure is more than the GDP of some 46 countries judging by The UN's 2013 figures; amongst them Monaco, Montenegro and Barbados. The price of the deal meanwhile could see Irish viewers paying more to watch their football, particularly if the rights are spread across yet more multiple pay-tv channels.
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