Tuesday, 3 August, 2021

Premier League TV rights: Broadcasters agree to roll over existing deal

The current live TV rights are held by Sky, BT and Amazon, while the BBC has shown Premier League games live during the pandemic with fans unable to attend matches

London, May 13 (BBC): The Premier League has agreed to roll over its existing television deal with broadcasters for a further three years.

The new deal with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video, and BBC Sport will run from 2022 to 2025.

The current £4.7bn deal, agreed in 2018, representing a 10 per cent drop in value.

The Government has approved the deal "in principle" with an "exclusion order" under the competition act, which allows the league to renew without its normal tender process.

"In light of the damaging impact of the Covid-19 pandemic throughout the English football pyramid, the Premier League was able to demonstrate to Government exceptional and compelling reasons for the Exclusion Order," the league said.

Clubs had been concerned that there could be another fall in value if the usual open-market auction started as planned next month.

The value of rights for domestic leagues in Europe also appears to have peaked.

The Premier League said that the renewals will provide financial certainty to professional clubs and also enables an additional £100m of funding to be provided to clubs throughout the football pyramid over the next four years.

The extra funding will be available to more than 1,000 clubs in the National League system, women's and girls' football, EFL League One and League Two clubs, and the Football Foundation.

It will also support a number of football-wide projects, including the Premier League's work looking at head injuries in football, anti-discrimination, and fan groups.

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: "We would like to express our gratitude to our broadcast partners for their continued commitment to the Premier League and support for the football pyramid.

"Covid-19 has had a significant impact on football, and renewals with our UK broadcast partners will reduce uncertainty, generate stability and promote confidence within the football pyramid."