Premier League confirm have now sold 200 games of 380 per season to be shown live in UK – Amazon join the party
The Premier League have now confirmed that all the live TV packages to show PL games live in the UK from 2019-2022, have now been concluded.
Five of seven packages were picked up by Sky Sports and BT Sport in the auction outcome made public in February 2018.
However, acceptable offers were not made for two of the packages.
Recent days have seen claims that BT Sport and Amazon had taken one each of the previously unsold pair of deals, that has now been confirmed.
Also rumoured was that the two unsold deals had been sold very much on the cheap, with the belief of the PL clubs that any extra money was better than nothing.
No financial figures made public so far but the figures we do know, are that there are now set to be a massive 200 of the 380 PL games each season, shown on live TV starting in 2018/19.
The Premier League have also released details of the rights deals for the Republic of Ireland.
The Premier League has concluded the sales process for all its live broadcasting rights in the UK and Ireland for the three seasons 2019/20 to 2021/22.
In the UK, the rights consist of 200 live matches per season split into seven packages.
In February 2018, the League sold five of the seven packages, with Sky Sports acquiring four packages, totalling 128 matches per season, and BT Sport one package, for 32 matches per season.
The League has now completed the sale of the remaining two UK live rights packages, one to BT Sport and the other to Amazon.
Package G, acquired by BT Sport, includes the rights to broadcast several fixtures from the split weekend, a new initiative that will create an opportunity for a mid-season player break.
Package F, acquired by Amazon Prime Video, includes the right, for the first time in the UK, to make available a full round of live Premier League matches.
Split of UK live rights
128 matches per season consisting of:
Package B 32 matches at Saturday 17:30
Package C 24 matches at Sunday 14:00 and eight matches at Saturday 19:45
Package D 32 matches at Sunday 16:30
Package E 24 matches at Monday 20:00 or Friday 19:30–20:00 and eight matches at Sunday 14:00
52 matches per season consisting of
Package A 32 matches at Saturday 12:30
Package G 15 matches from two midweek fixture programmes and five matches from the split weekend
Amazon Prime Video
Package F 20 matches per season from one Bank Holiday and one midweek fixture programme
“We are extremely pleased that Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon have invested in these rights and all view the Premier League and our clubs as vital parts of their live sports offerings,” Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore said.
“Sky and BT are established Premier League partners and provide first-rate coverage of the competition through their live-match broadcasts and comprehensive programming.
“We welcome Amazon as an exciting new partner and we know Prime Video will provide an excellent service on which fans can consume the Premier League.
“The interest in our UK rights is testament to the fantastic competition delivered by our clubs. This outcome will support their continued efforts to put on the best possible football and use their popularity and reach to have a positive impact on the sport and beyond.”
Ireland rights announced
In Ireland, the League has concluded the sale of 233 live matches per season split into eight packages of rights, the same seven packages of rights as in the UK and an additional package of 33 Saturday 15:00 matches.
Sky Sports has acquired four packages, totalling 128 matches per season, BT Sport two packages, totalling 52 matches per season, and Premier Sports two packages, totalling 53 matches per season.
Split of Ireland live rights
Packages B, C, D, E 128 Premier League matches per season
Packages A, G 52 Premier League matches per season
Package F, Saturday 15:00 pack – 53 matches per season
“There is huge appetite for the Premier League in Ireland and we are very pleased to have concluded this process which ensures more matches than ever before will be available live from 2019/20 onwards,” Scudamore said.
“We know that Sky Sports and BT Sport will continue to provide fantastic live-match broadcasts and programming for fans across the country, and we welcome Premier Sports as a new partner. We know they will make available high-quality coverage that will appeal to local fans.”
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