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Premier League Seeks Record TV Rights Deal with 70 Additional Matches

Premier League Seeks Record TV Rights Deal with 70 Additional Matches

Written by Sanjay Kumar

News highlights

  • Premier League to Sell 70 More Matches: Aiming for a record TV rights deal, the Premier League will offer an extra 70 matches for broadcast from 2025.
  • Live Sundays Debut: Matches moved to Sundays due to European competitions will be broadcast live for the first time, enhancing viewing options for fans.
  • Four-Year TV Rights: The Premier League breaks from the norm, seeking a four-year deal lasting until 2028/29, ensuring financial stability for clubs.

In a groundbreaking move, the Premier League is set to achieve its most substantial domestic television rights deal to date, with plans to offer an additional 70 matches for broadcast starting from 2025. Currently, the league sells 200 matches per season to broadcasters in the UK, under a three-year deal that extends until the conclusion of the 2024/25 season, valued at a staggering £4.8 billion ($5.8 billion).

The existing regulation of a Saturday afternoon blackout, designed to protect attendances in lower league games, will remain in place. However, there is a major change in the offing, as matches rescheduled for Sundays due to club participation in European competitions will be broadcast live for the very first time.

These additional games will encompass all matches from five midweek rounds each season, along with the final round of the season, and they will be made available for live broadcast. The Premier League has chosen to break from its traditional three-year cycle, now extending the tender process to a four-year deal, set to continue until the conclusion of the 2028/29 season.

This marks a significant milestone, as it is the first tender process for Premier League TV rights since 2016. The previous agreement was extended in 2021 for an additional three years in response to the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Broadcasters will have five distinct packages to bid on, each containing between 42 and 65 live matches. The current distribution allocates 128 matches to Sky Sports, 52 to TNT Sports, and 20 to Amazon. However, the upcoming competition is expected to be intense, as streaming platform DAZN has expressed interest in securing rights for the first time.

Notably, Premier League clubs have long held a substantial financial edge over their European counterparts, thanks to their considerably more lucrative domestic and international TV rights deals. With this new development, the Premier League is poised to further solidify its position as one of the most lucrative and watched football leagues in the world.

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