Premier League Agrees £5bn TV Broadcast Deal Extension
By Adedapo Adesanya
The Premier League has secured approval in principle for a three-year renewal of its £5 billion TV broadcast rights deal with partners in the United Kingdom.
The deal with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which would extend the current rights arrangements for another three years, is subject to parliamentary approval and any opposition to the proposed plans needs to be made by May 28.
In a statement, the Premier League said: “The UK renewals for the next broadcast cycle – from seasons 2022/2023 to 2024/2025 – will be concluded at the same overall value as the current arrangements between the Premier League and its broadcast partners.
“As part of the Premier League’s developing strategic plan, the renewals will provide financial certainty to clubs throughout professional football as a result of maintaining current levels of support and enables the League to commit to increased funding. This will give security and continuity throughout the pyramid until at least 2025.”
On his part, the chief executive of the Premier League, Mr Richard Masters said: “The Premier League would like to express our gratitude to our broadcast partners for their continued commitment to the Premier League and support for the football pyramid.
“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.”
The English Football Association also welcomed the deal, with their chief executive officer Mark Bullingham stating: “This increased funding from the Premier League will provide vital support for local football clubs and facilities across the country.
“These clubs are often the bedrock of their community and run by volunteers who have gone above and beyond in the last year. We thank the Premier League for their positive action which will help the pyramid get back on its feet.”
Premier League clubs have also agreed £100 million of additional funding for National League, women’s football, League One and League Two clubs and grassroots games in the country.