Premier League secures record £6.7 billion domestic TV rights deal

English Premier League on Monday revealed a groundbreaking domestic television rights deal worth a staggering £6.7 billion ($8.45 billion) for a four-year term starting from the 2025/26 season.

LONDON – In a historic announcement on Monday, the Premier League revealed a groundbreaking domestic television rights deal worth a staggering £6.7 billion ($8.45 billion) for a four-year term starting from the 2025/26 season.

The current deal, valued at around £5 billion over three years and covering 200 matches per season, will be surpassed by the new agreement.

Described as the “largest sports media rights deals ever concluded in the UK,” the Premier League disclosed the distribution of rights among various broadcasters.

Notably, Sky Sports and TNT Sports have successfully retained their rights to broadcast live matches, while Amazon, currently showcasing 20 matches per season, will not be part of the upcoming cycle.

Under the new arrangement, Sky will air a minimum of 215 live matches per season, and TNT will broadcast 52.

The BBC Sport network will continue to offer match highlights through its iconic Match of the Day program.

While the Saturday afternoon blackout remains intact to safeguard lower league attendances, a significant shift comes as all matches, except those scheduled for 3:00 pm on Saturdays, will be broadcast live.

The Premier League celebrated a four percent increase in live rights value compared to the previous cycle, marking the league’s resilience and appeal.

Premier League’s chief executive, Richard Masters, expressed his satisfaction with the outcome, stating, “The outcome of this process underlines the strength of the Premier League.”

He credited the clubs, players, and managers for delivering highly competitive football, emphasizing the role of supporters in creating an unparalleled atmosphere.

Arsenal players celebrate a goal in their English Premier League match against Manchester City on 8 October 2023.
FILE: Arsenal players celebrate a goal in their English Premier League match against Manchester City on 8 October 2023. [Picture: @Arsenal/X]

Masters commended the league’s longstanding partners, Sky Sports and TNT Sports, for consistently delivering world-class coverage and programming.

He expressed confidence that their continued innovation would attract more viewers, further solidifying the EPL’s global appeal.

Addressing the financial implications of the deal, Masters stated, “We know that their continued innovation will drive more people to watch and follow the Premier League.”

The Premier League emphasized that the new deal would provide financial stability for clubs across professional football until at least 2029.

This marks the first Premier League tender process since 2018, as the current deal was extended in 2021 for an additional three years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agreement ensures that Premier League clubs maintain a significant financial advantage over their European counterparts, thanks to the league’s lucrative domestic and international TV rights deals.

Notably, international rights for the English top flight surpassed the value of domestic rights for the first time last year, estimated to generate £5.3 billion between 2022 and 2025.

In the recently released Deloitte Football Money League, the EPL dominated with 11 out of the top 20 clubs, with Manchester City securing the top spot as champions.

The Premier League’s latest TV rights deal solidifies its standing as a powerhouse in global football, ensuring financial prosperity and continued growth for the foreseeable future.

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