Premier League UK TV Rights Deal Less Than Current One

The winners of five UK packages have been announced and there are still two more packages to be decided and those packages – F and G – have gone out again to auction.

The five packages have sold for £4.464B.

These packages will take effect in the summer of next year and are again for three years.

Sky Sports have won the rights to four packages and 128 live matches and BT Sport have won one of 32 games.

Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore, shown above,  had this to say:

“We are extremely pleased that BT and Sky continue to view the Premier League and our clubs as such an important part of their offering.”

“Both broadcasters are fantastic partners for the Premier League.”

“And they have a track record of making our competition available to fans across the country through their high-quality and innovative programming.”

“We will now continue the sales process to deliver the best possible outcome for the remaining packages of rights in the UK and throughout the rest of the world.”

This new UK deal, however, does not include revenues for selling the TV rights overseas, and that part of the business is still increasing rapidly.

The overseas deals are finalized by region at different times and the last deal was for £3B in total.

But the overseas part of the TV rights is expected to rise (maybe significantly) from £3B.

There had been huge speculation that Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and other American tech companies would bid for the first time, but that has not happened.

But it looks like the UK deal has topped out and will be less overall than what was agreed back in 2015, with each game costing £9.3M, down from the current £10.2M.

The last two auctions saw rises of 70% over the previous deal but that has not happened this time around.

How this will affect the potential Newcastle takeover we don’t know, but it will probably depend on the overseas portion of the deal, which could still rise significantly.

If the total package (UK plus overseas) is a lot greater than the current one then Mike Ashley could raise the price he wants for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 14, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Looks like MA sacked off the takeover for 1 last throw of the dice, and he’s rolled a 3.

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2018 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Let a day of amateur accountancy commence:)

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 14, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Also let’s not forget that this doesn’t even start until Aug 2019 – 18 months away, and the overseas money could well be skewed to the “big six”.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 14, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Abacus – check
    Casio scientific calculator – check

    Just gotta leave it in sunlight for a bit. Solar strip ain’t as good as it used to be 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #5

    I don’t even think it’s about total funding with Rafa anymore, he knows even with money to spend it’s going to take three months to get a Florian Lejuene in or be over ruled on a striker by gawd knows who, JfK or Dennis Wise just a phone call away.

  • posada

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #6

    Jib makes a good point.
    Saturday night games in London will be well attended.
    Many in the crowd will be tourists passing through.

    But, if the going gets tough. The club go down or the tourists stop coming, clubs need supporters.
    Real supporters.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    I just can’t see how any competent manager can work successfully under Mike Ashleys model of running a football club.

  • lesh

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #8


    From previous thread – it’s just a pity that Pardew’s presence at SJP didn’t result in Ashley being sacked!

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #9

    Shirebrook @4
    Spat tea our reading that 🙂 good old Texas Instruments
    Ashley …there’s nothing for here …this is a local club for local people …now sell up you twat there’s nothing more to bleed .

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10

    If 250M no clauses was refused so we could presume that 300M no clauses would have been accepted while staring relegation and a tax investigation in the face. What kind of no clause price will he want if Rafa keeps us up given there hasn’t been a huge hike in TV money. If he’s going to up the price to 350M then we’ve no hope of getting rid of him.

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry couldn’t resist the league of gents reference

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #12

    Normally it’s the manager that faces the axe when a team is so bad. Never before has a chairman been fired for hiring a manager so footing poor. I hope they keep him in charge for our sake but would love to see him axed for one last nail in his PL coffin.

  • one fine day

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #13

    So you would now would be the optimum time for Amanda to strike .
    Prem looking less risky ( I know I know ) tv money …all cards on the table ..2 weeks of not much happening on the pitch ….deal done quietly no one losing face ..we can hope

  • posada

    Feb 14, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Things are looking up.
    Someone’s sacked the Chairman.
    Can we sack the owner.


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