The Premier League has announced a three-year renewal of its deal with broadcasters “at the same overall value as the current arrangements”.
Live and non-live broadcast rights have again been awarded to Sky Sports, BT, Amazon and the BBC without all the parties having to go through an extended tender process.
The Premier League said it was able to ask the government for an exclusion “in light of the damaging impact of the COVID-19 pandemic”.
Under the current arrangement, Sky – the owner of Sky News – and BT agreed in 2018 to pay £4.5bn to screen live matches from 2019/20 to 2021/22 and a further tranche of games was sold to Amazon Prime for an undisclosed sum.
The new deal extends the arrangement, covering seasons 2022/23 to 2024/25, with a total value thought to be in the region of £5.1bn.
It also includes the BBC, which screens top-flight highlights on Match of the Day.
The Premier League also agreed to provide £1.5bn to the wider football “pyramid” over three years, plus an extra £100m spread over four years to “extend support to areas of the football community particularly vulnerable to the impacts of COVID-19” including lower league and non-league clubs.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: “We are hugely appreciative of the Government agreeing in principle to allow this arrangement and for their continued support for the Premier League and the English game.
“COVID-19 has had a significant impact on football, and renewals with our UK broadcast partners will reduce uncertainty, generate stability and promote confidence within the football pyramid.
“Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport are excellent partners and provide fantastic coverage and programming to bring our competition to fans in the UK.”
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