Premier League TV Rights – 2016 -17 to 2018-19 – Sky Sports and BT Sports
Sky Press release:
Sky has strengthened its position as the home of sport and unrivalled choice for sports fans by winning the UK rights to 126 live Premier League matches a season from 2016-17 to 2018-19.In a successful outcome to the Premier League’s tender process, Sky Sports was awarded five packs of live rights. Sky will pay £1,392 million per annum for each of the three years of the new agreement, representing an 83% increase over the cost of the existing contract.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. By securing the rights to matches on Friday evenings for the first time, Sky Sports will also bring viewers an entirely new way to start the weekend with live Premier League football.The expanded schedule of live Premier League matches will be a key part of the unrivalled breadth of coverage offered by Sky Sports across seven channels. After 25 rights deals in 2014, and a new agreement for live rights to The Open golf championship from 2017, Sky has secured long-term visibility over its market-leading rights portfolio and future costs.
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
1) LIVE PREMIER LEAGUE MATCHES:
Sky has been awarded the following packs:
Slot Games 1st Pick
A Saturday 12.30 28 6 14 0 0 8 C Sunday 13.30 28 0 15 0 6 7 D Sunday 16.00 28 18 0 0 10 0 E Monday or Friday 20.00
4-8: Sunday16.00 – 16.10
28 0 0 15 13 0 G 8 x Bank Holidays
6 x Sun 13.30 or 16.00
14 2 2 8 2 0 TOTAL 126 26 31 23 31 15
THE PACKAGES SKY WON
Package A comprises 28 games on Saturday lunchtimes (12.30pm).
Package C has 28 games kicking off between 1.30pm and 2.15pm on Sundays. Pack A has 6 ‘first pick’ games from 38 rounds and B has 9 first picks.
Package D is the 4pm Sunday bundle of 28 games – crucially with 18 ‘first pick’ games.
Package E is the ‘Monday night football’ (8pm) bundle, with 18 games on Mondays plus 10 on Fridays; this is the first time Premier League games will be shown live on Friday evenings. There are no first picks in this package.
Package G is a bundle of 14 games on Bank Holidays and other Sunday matches with two first picks.
BT Sport to show 42 live top-flight Saturday and Midweek matches for 2016/17 to 2018/19 seasons
Matches to be added to line-up featuring exclusive live action from the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, FA Cup and top-flight European leagues
BT is to show even more live top-flight football matches on its BT Sport TV channels after winning exclusive live rights to 42 Premier League matches in each of the 2016/17 to 2018/19 seasons. This is an increase of four matches per season on the current 38. The rights will cost £320m per season compared with £246m per season at present. On a per game basis, this equates to £7.6m per game, an increase of 18 per cent on the £6.5m per game currently. A deposit of around £29m is payable this month followed by six instalments starting in July 2016 and continuing in the months of December and July until December 2018.
THE PACKAGES BT SPORT WON
Package B has 28 games at tea-time on Saturdays (5.30pm)
Packages F has 14 games, a mix of midweek and Saturday games including three first picks.
BBC Match of the Day Premier League highlights rights
Premier League highlights rights remained with the BBC’s Match of the Day programme in a £204m deal announced last month – this was an increase of 13.5 per cent on the previous deal of £179m.