Sky Sports and BT Sport will continue to broadcast the English Premier League within the United Kingdom, but will have to pay a lot more to do so.
The EPL finalized the sale of its 2016/17-2019/20 TV rights to the two British stations on Tuesday. The combined price of the package totaled $7.8 billion, a 70 percent increase on the current TV deals.
The deal allows for the broadcast of just 168 out of the 380 matches played each season. Sky Sports will televise 126 of the matches, while BT Sport gets the remaining 42.
“This structure also allows us to strike a balance between match-attending fans and those who choose to watch on television. Keeping grounds full is a priority for the Premier League and our clubs,” said EPL Chief Executive Richard Scudamore in a release.
The next step for the EPL will be to auction off its foreign TV rights for the same three-year period. The bidding in that process has not opened yet.
Here are some more of Monday afternoon’s news and notes:
MCNAIR RE-SIGNS WITH MANCHESTER UNITED
Paddy McNair has pledged his future to Manchester United until at least 2017.
The 19-year-old defender, who made his first-team debut this season and has registered 12 appearances thus far, inked a new deal with the club Tuesday. The new contract keeps McNair at Old Trafford until at least June 2017, with an option for an additional year.
“Paddy has risen through the ranks to become an integral part of the first team squad,” manager Louis Van Gaal said in a statement. “He has all the attributes to develop into a top player. Promoting youth players is very important both to myself and to the club and I am delighted Paddy has signed a new contract.”
SHERWOOD OUT OF THE RUNNING AT QPR
After Harry Redknapp stepped down from his post at Queens Park Rangers last week, Tim Sherwood was rumored to be a potential replacement.
But negotiations between the former Tottenham manager and the London club have reportedly broken down. As a result, chairman Tony Fernandes has ruled him out of the QPR’s plans.
Fenandes has also tweeted that he’s landed his “dream manager” and hinted that the next man leading the squad may come as a surprise.
Louis Van Gaal used charts and diagrams at a press conference to dispute Sam Allardyce’s accusation that Manchester United is a long-ball team. (REPORT)
Jose Mourinho is unhappy that Robin Van Persie was not suspended for his elbow and claims there is a double-standard. (REPORT)
Ligue 1 has entered a partnership with FC Miami City of the Premier Development League. (REPORT)
What do you think of the EPL’s new TV deal? How will McNair fare with Manchester United’s squad? Who do you think might be QPR’s next manager?
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