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Premier League Announce New Eye-Watering TV Deal - Here's What It Means For Viewers

Premier League Announce New Eye-Watering TV Deal - Here's What It Means For Viewers

Sky Sports will remain the dominant broadcaster for the Premier League until at least May 2022. The bulk of the TV rights for the seasons 2019/20 to 2021/22 inclusive have been sold for a total of £4.464billion, with two lower-tier packages yet to be sold meaning the current value of £5 billion may be surpassed. Any increase, however, will likely be small, meaning that the rights have not been inflated by rival bidders, as looked possible last year with Netflix and Amazon rumoured to be interested in bidding.

It is reported that Amazon may yet bid for one of the smaller, less-valuable packages.

Under the new TV deal, Sky have bought four of the available match packages - B,C,Dand E. BT Sport have acquired package A.

This means that Sky will broadcast games at 8pm on a Friday; 5.30pm and 7.45pm on a Saturday night; 2pm and 4pm on a Sunday and at 8pm on a Monday night, and have rights to a total of 128 games.

In a further boost for Sky customers, the broadcaster have the first pick of every weekend game.

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BT Sport, meanwhile, will have 32 games, all kicking off at 12.30pm on a Saturday.

The final two packages of games are interesting - they consist of the full round of fixtures from three midweek rounds of fixtures along with a round of games fixed for a Bank Holiday.

They are yet to be sold, with Amazon reportedly interested in snaffling at least one of those packages: ten simultaneous games seems ideally suited to their platform.

 

Gavin Cooney
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Changed the spelling of his name upon pressure from Michael Owen.

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