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Thursday, June 14, 2012

FOOTBALL : English Premier League TV rights worth £1bn per year

The UK rights to broadcast live English Premier League games from 2013-14 to 2015-16 have been negotiated for a price of £1bn per year.

BSkyB will continue to show the bulk of games, securing the rights to 116 games per season, paying £760m a year. BSkyB said it would cover every club at least four times a season.

While BT has secured the rights to 38 matches a season and is paying £246m per season for its broadcast rights

One of the surprises of the bidding results was the fact that US-based sports broadcaster ESPN had lost its package of live TV rights. Its current deal runs out at the end of the 2012-13 season.

The total of 154 live matches will be broadcast and more than 40% of all top-level matches.

The sales raised £3.018bn over the three seasons, an increase of £1.25bn on the current package which shares rights between BSkyB and ESPN, a rise of 70% on the present deal, worth £1.773bn.

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