Thursday, June 14, 2012
FOOTBALL : English Premier League TV rights worth £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.