The Premier League today issues their documents for UK TV rights auctions for the 2025-2029 seasons.
The Premier League will increase the number of live televised fixtures in the UK from 200 to around 270 in its next rights cycle. This leaves 110 matches not broadcast live in the UK
Five live packages of between 42 and 65 games are going up for tender.
The Saturday afternoon 3pm blackout will remain in place.
“For the first time, all matches displaced to Sunday 14.00, because of club participation in European competitions, will be broadcast live. ”
The rights deal will cover 4 years, and not 3 years
No single buyer can have more than 4 packages
In the new deal, five midweek rounds will be available instead of the current four
There will be provision for all games on final day
Match slots are to remain athe same, the Saturday 12:30pm and 5:30pm and the Sunday 2pm and 4.30pm, along with the 8pm Monday or Friday slot.
“The Highlights Package includes the right to make free-to-air broadcasts of highlights programme including coverage of all 380 matches per Season”
Currently Sky has four packages consisting of 128 matches per season, TNT two packages with 52 matches and Amazon has one package of 20 matches.