Premier League Signs £3 Billion UK TV Deal with BSkyB and BT; ESPN Loses Out
UK Premier League TV rights for 2013-'16 have been won by BSkyB and British Telecom, with ESPN left empty-handed.
BSkyB won five of the seven packages available, equating to 116 live games. British Telecom won the remaining two and will broadcast 38 games over the next three seasons.
The overall deal will be worth £3.018 billion to the Premier League, which represents a substantial increase on the current £1.178 billion three-year UK deal that runs until the end of the 2012-'13 season.
Said Premier League chief executive Peter Scudamore, as per the competition's official site:
The Barclays Premier League continues to provide excellent football and enthralling drama as we saw last season. The value this drives for our rightsholders is evident and we are extremely pleased that this has been realised for our UK live rights.
The immediate implication for all 20 Premier League clubs will be an increase in their TV income—and thus potentially greater spending power for transfers and wages.
ESPN are yet to comment on their missing out at the blind auction.
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