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Sky Sports wins live Premier League rights to end of 2018-19 season

In a successful outcome to the Premier League’s tender process, Sky Sports was awarded five packs of live rights.

 

The new deal ensures that Sky Sports will be the only place to follow the biggest matches and stories throughout the Premier League season.

 

Viewers will be able to rely on Sky Sports to bring them three times as many live matches as any other broadcaster, including the best match picks and the most-watched slots in the schedule.

 

 Sky also retains its popular Monday night slot and wins back action on Saturday lunchtimes, screening 126 matches in total.

 

The key points of the new Premier League rights deal include:

  • More live matches than ever before, with 126 fixtures a season versus 116 under the existing contract
  • Live coverage on more days of the week, with matches on Friday evenings for the first time as well as Saturday afternoons, Sunday afternoons and Monday evenings
  • The best match picks, including 26 first picks and 31 second picks, meaning that Sky Sports will offer more of the biggest matches
  • Live coverage of every Premier League club at least four times a season
  • Rights to offer live coverage across a range of platforms, including online and mobile
  • Access to all 126 matches a season through the Sky Sports day pass and week pass on NOW TV

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: "We've had very, very dynamic presentations and it's testament to the Premier League clubs. It will make our clubs even more competitive against our European competitors, it will also make our Championship clubs more competitive.”

 

Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports, added: “We are looking forward to bringing even more live Premier League football to viewers. Only Sky Sports will have the best match picks and the best slots so our viewers will be able to follow the biggest matches, the key head to heads and every club at least four times. No other broadcaster comes close."

 

Source: The Daily Mirror

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