BT, Sky Sports to broadcast Premier League football through to 2018/19 season

HomeSports CoverageBT, Sky Sports to broadcast Premier League football through to 2018/19 season

The Premier League today concluded the sales process for the seven packages of UK live broadcasting rights for the three seasons 2016/17-2018/19.

The seven packages – five of 28 matches and two of 14 matches – totalling 168 matches were awarded to BT and Sky.

Sky has held on to five of the seven packages totalling 126 matches including the new Friday night slot for 10 games, and BT Sport has two packages making up 42 matches.

“We are looking forward to bringing even more live Premier League football to viewers. Only Sky Sports will have the best match picks and the best slots so our viewers will be able to follow the biggest matches, the key head to heads and every club at least four times. No other broadcaster comes close,” said Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports.

“The best Premier League coverage is part of an unrivalled range of sport across our seven channels and digital platforms. This new deal follows our recent success in the rights market, ensuring Sky Sports will be the first choice for years to come.”

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.

“BT Sport has got off to a strong start, reaching more than five million households and commercial premises, by making itself far more affordable and accessible to sports fans.”

The overall value delivered for the seven packages, following an open and independently scrutinised sales process, is £5.136bn. Sky will pay a total of £4.176bn, while BT will pay £960m.

Who got what!

BT Sport – 42 Games
28 games on Saturday 5.30pm (9 first picks)
14 games on midweek evenings/Saturdays (3 first picks)

Sky Sports – 126 Games
28 games on Saturday 12.30pm (6 first picks)
28 games on Sunday 1.30pm to 2.15pm
28 games on Sunday 4pm (18 first picks)
28 games on Monday/Friday night
14 games on Bank holiday/Sunday (2 first picks)

Posted on Tuesday 10 February 2015
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