Sky to show more Premier League matches than ever before
Following the outcome of the recent Premier League auction, from 2019 Sky will show more matches than ever before, with the biggest matches in the best slots sitting alongside an ever broader offering of drama, entertainment and comedy.
With four packs of rights totalling 128 games a season, up from 126 matches currently, the deal will offer Sky Sports viewers every first-pick weekend match, plus Saturday evening fixtures for the first time, all screened on Sky's dedicated Premier League channel.
Sky has chosen to pay £1,193 million per annum under the terms of the new deal, down £199 million per annum, a 16% cost reduction per game versus the current agreement.
Sky has acquired the following rights between 2019/20 and 2021/22:
· The biggest head to heads with every weekend 'first pick' and 14 'second picks'
· The best slots including Saturday tea time matches, Super Sunday, Monday Night Football and Friday Night Football
· For the first time, Saturday evening matches
The agreement strengthens Sky's position as the best provider of the broadest range of content, which includes ten channels of sport covering live Premier League, English Football League, Scottish Football, exclusive coverage of Formula 1 from 2019 to 2024, plus England cricket through to 2024. This great sport sits alongside the best drama, comedy and entertainment, which will include over 50 Sky Original productions over the course of 2018. These content investments across the whole portfolio reflect Sky's continuing journey towards a more broadly-based business which seeks to provide something for every household and everyone in the household.
Stephen van Rooyen, Sky's UK Chief Executive, said:"We continue to invest in content that our customers value and which complements our strategy to broaden our offer. Not only do we remain the home of Premier League football but also the home of top quality drama, entertainment, comedy and other sports. Our disciplined approach means we continue to have the flexibility to invest in each of these areas as we choose, underlining our position as Europe's largest investor in content."
Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports added: "Sky Sports customers will continue to enjoy unrivalled Premier League coverage through to 2022 with 128 live matches a season from next year - more than ever before - including the key head to heads in the best slots and, of course, analysis from the biggest names in football.
"This comes on the back of recent renewals for EFL, ECB and exclusivity for F1™, all of which will be available to our customers until 2024."
Notes to Editors:
Breakdown of rights won
Sun 14:00 x 24
Sat 19.45 x 8
Mon or Fri 20:00 x 24
Sun 14:00 x 8
Sky Sports schedule includes the following:
• Premier League (126 games) to end of 2018/19 season
• EFL to end of 2023/24 season, with 183 games a season from 2019/2020 season (Includes
EFL Cup and EFL Trophy)
• UEFA Euro 2020 and FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers, UEFA Nations League (up to 900
matches) until 2022
• SPFL Scottish football (30 games) to end of 2019/20 season
• Scottish Cup to end 2017/18 season
• MLS, Eredivisie, La Liga, Chinese Super League and Coppa Italia
• England home cricket until 2024
• England tours of New Zealand, South Africa, West Indies and Sri Lanka up to 2020
• ICC cricket up to and including World Cup 2023
• Every Formula 1 race, qualifying and practice session live until 2024 (exclusive from 2019)
• The Open Championship
• The Masters
• European Tour golf including Ryder Cup
• US PGA Tour golf
• US Open golf
• RFU England Autumn Internationals
• SANZAR (including Super Rugby, Rugby Championship and Summer Tours)
• RFU - Women's Six Nations (England's games)
• Top 14 rugby union
• European Rugby
• Guinness Pro14
• NFL American Football up to and including Super Bowl in February 2020
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