Premier League


Sky and BT renew Premier League rights

Sky and BT have each renewed their Premier League rights, with Sky taking four and BT one of the live rights packages for a total of £4.46 billion (€5 billion). Two of the seven packages for the three seasons from 2019 to 2022 are still available, with a move for rights by a new entrant […]

BBC renews Premier League highlights package

The BBC will continue to show Premier League TV highlights in the UK for a further three years, after renewing its contract until the end of the 2021/22 season. The new free-to-air deal covers Saturday night highlights show Match Of The Day, its repeat on Sunday morning, as well as MOTD2, Football Focus, plus midweek […]

IHS: Premier League rights would be an ‘unnecessary extravagance’ for Amazon

Buying a package of Premier League football rights limited to the UK and Ireland would be an “unnecessary extravagance” for Amazon, according to IHS Markit. The research firm’s report ‘What price a bid for Premier League rights by the technology giants?’ said that while Amazon is the most hotly tipped new entrant in the live football […]

Ampere: Premier League rights to pass £10bn mark

The value of Premier League football rights is set to break the £10 billion barrier for the first time, with Amazon emerging as a “significant potential bidder”, according to Ampere Analysis. The research firm predicts that the total value for UK and international rights in the upcoming auction for three seasons from 2019 – 2022 […]

BT Sport boss defends football ratings, calls for more access

The head of BT Sport, Simon Green, has dismissed fears about declining sports ratings, but called on the Premier League to allow broadcasters more off-the-pitch access. Speaking at the KPMG and Microsoft’s Football Benchmark Forum event in London yesterday, Green said that millennial viewers are still interested in live sport and insisted that any dip […]

Sky profits hit by Premier League costs

Sky saw its operating profit fall by 11% to £1.013 billion (€1.211 billion) in the first nine months of its current financial year as the increased cost of Premier League rights took its toll. The pay TV giant nevertheless saw revenue grow by 11% to £9.6 billion in the same period. Operationally, Sky grew its […]

Five arrested in UK clampdown on illegal TV set-top boxes

Five people have been arrested in North West of England as part of a crackdown on the sale and distribution of illegal TV set-top devices. UK’s intellectual property protection organisation, FACT, instigated the action on behalf the Premier League, Sky, BT Sport and Virgin Media. The raids on the homes of the suspects turned up […]

Ofcom shuts down Premier League probe

Ofcom has closed its investigation into how Premier League rights are sold in the UK following the League’s decision to increase the number of matches available for live broadcast in the UK, to a minimum of 190 per season from the start of the 2019-20 season. The regulator said that the decision, which will see at […]

Sky and BT set out football stalls

Sky and BT have set out their stalls highlighting plans for Premier League football coverage over the coming months, with Sky adding 10 live Premier League matches in 2016, and BT highlighting its coverage of five Premier League matches in February along with the FA Cup and Champions League and Europa League ties. As part […]

Champions League accounts for just 2.5% of Sky Sports viewing

Sky has said that Champions League football accounted for just 2.5% of Sky Sports viewing, with fans showing an “overwhelming preference for our Premier League coverage.” In a company blog post, Sky Sports managing director Barney Francis said that the Premier League is “seven times bigger” that its Champions League coverage and that 49 of […]

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