Premier League Announces £5 billion British TV rights deal

The Premier League has announced a 70 per cent increase in the value of its British television rights for the 2016-19 seasons with Sky and BT paying a combined 5.136 billion pounds ($7.8 billion) to show games.

The new deals will pool more money in to the top flight, with the broadcasters paying more than 10 million pounds ($15.2 million) to screen each game.

Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said in part: “Premier League clubs deliver competitive and compelling football to fans in stadiums and on television, driving interest levels to new heights.”

“Last season saw record levels of attendance with the highest top-flight crowds since 1949-50, as well as increased viewing figures across all our UK rights holders.

“Both Sky Sports and BT Sport have done a tremendous job in bringing the game to the fans as well as providing the revenue that allows clubs to invest in football, facilities, youth development and their communities.”

This leaves the rest of club football across the world far behind in terms of domestic television income compared to the Premier League, which also still has the lucrative overseas deals to negotiate.

 

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