Sky and BT Sport retain Premier League TV rights in £5.1bn deal

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Sky and BT Sport retain Premier League TV rights in £5.1bn deal

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Sky and BT Sport have retained the rights to Premier League football after details of the latest TV deal were revealed.

There was speculation that one or more other broadcasters could enter the race, but that proved to be unfounded and Sky and BT Sport will now share the 168 live games from the 2016-17 football season.

Sky has won the rights to broadcast 126 games - up from its current number of 116 - including the prime 'Super Sunday' afternoon slots as well as adding a number of new Friday night matches.

BT Sport has secured 42 top-flight games, up from its current 38, which include Saturday evening games.

The total value of the deal for the 168 matches is a staggering £5.1bn - up from the £3bn current deal which expires at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Pubs that broadcast Premier League football will be watching on with interest as to what the new deal might mean for subscription costs.

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David Rey, managing director of Sky Business, which covers commercial customers, including pubs, said: “Sky remains the home of the football matches that matter to our customers’ businesses, having secured 126 Premier League games for 2016/17 to 2018/19.

“We will have three times as many live matches as any other broadcaster with the best match picks and live coverage across more days of the week including Friday evenings for the first time, as well as Saturday afternoons, Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings.”

John Petter, BT Consumer CEO, said: “I am pleased we will be showing Premier League football for a further three years and that we have secured the prime Saturday evening slot.

"These new rights will enhance our existing schedule of football, rugby and other international sport, including all the live footballing action from the UEFA Champions and Europa Leagues starting this summer.

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2 comments

Skys the limit

Posted by Alan,

Yep hold on here come the price hikes. Best thing to do is vote with your feet. We did and was no loss at all after taking into account how much sky cost, to the small amount of lost trade. Even picked up trade from non sport fans. quite a few out there.

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Watch out!!!

Posted by David Pott,

I expect pubs will soon be facing huge hikes in already expensive fees to continue screening sport.

I'm pleased I kicked Sky out about five seasons ago.

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