Sky secure Premier League rights with £3.6billion package

Sky secure Premier League rights with £3.6billion package

England's top flight announced mixed results for its latest auction of domestic live rights on Tuesday, with BT and Sky sharing 160 games a season from 2019-20 but for less money than they paid for the current three-year deal.

Absolutely - the remaining two packages look ideal for streaming specialists.

The London market was on the rise this morning as Sky and BT climbed higher after keeping hold of Premier League television rights. That equates to savings of nearly 600 million pounds for the European pay TV giant while showing an additional two games a year from the league it helped to grow from its inception in 1992.

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 like Amazon or Facebook yet to materialise.

Matches per club: Maximum six; minimum one.

There is still the possibility of a digital platform winning some matches, however, as two packages totalling 40 games remain unsold and the Premier League said "multiple bidders" have expressed an interest in acquiring them.

Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore said that "both broadcasters are fantastic partners".

In addition to the remaining two United Kingdom packages to be decided, a further windfall will be expected when the overseas rights are sold.

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The new deal will allow Sky to have first pick for every weekend match, while also showing the 19:45 Saturday evening matches (UK time) for the first time.

It said it will show "Saturday tea time matches, Super Sunday, Monday Night Football and Friday Night Football".

This will set the firm back £3.579bn over three years, almost £200million less a season than they are paying now, or 16 per cent less a game.

"This suggests that there is clearly a ceiling that consumers are willing to pay for watching Premier League games and subsequently what providers' are willing to bid for", said Paolo Pescatore, Vice President, Multiplay and Media, CCS Insight.

BT announced in a statement that its rights will cost £295 million per season for 32 games and that the company continued to engage with the Premier League regarding the remaining rights.

The Premier League did not provide any further details about when the remaining lots would be sold. The matches that remain up for grabs are for midweek and bank holiday fixtures.

- Internet clips rights to all 380 matches per season'.

That enabled the league to go on a shopping spree, with players such as Paul Pogba (bought by Manchester United) and Virgil van Dijk (signed by Liverpool) joining clubs for more than 75 million pounds each.

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