SKY SPORTS are the big winners in the multi-billion pound auction for exclusive live Premier League TV rights after securing up to 100 extra games a season in a new deal.
Under the four-year agreement, Sky will show at least 215 matches a season including for the first time all games rescheduled to 2pm on a Sunday due to clubs’ European commitments. It means 80 per cent of the live televised games will be on Sky.
The new contract, which doesn’t start until the 2025/26 season, gives Sky all first-pick matches and means they retain their Friday and Monday night 8pm games, Saturday 5.30pm and the big Super Sunday 4.30pm and 2pm matches.
In addition to the rescheduled Sunday 2pm matches, they’ve added three midweek rounds, some Boxing Day games.
And for the first time all TEN final day games will be shown live on Sky Sports at the same time.
TNT Sports has retained its Saturday 12.30pm games and will show a total of 52 matches a season including some midweek rounds.
Match of the Day is secure as the home of FREE-TO-AIR highlights with the BBC retaining that package as well as adding extra digital rights for its online platforms.
The record-breaking deal is worth £6.7billion and has been described by the Premier League as the “largest sports media rights deal ever concluded in the UK”.
Amazon Prime Video – which currently shows two entire fixture rounds of 20 games a season – has lost rights to all its games.
Sky’s Premier League deal comes after the broadcaster also secured a huge new deal to show a massive increase in EFL TV games from next seasonHERE
PREMIER LEAGUE TV RIGHTS FROM 2025-26 SEASON FOR FOUR YEARS
At least 215 games each season
ALL first pick matches each week
Games at 8pm Friday and Monday (including more than previously), Saturdays 5.30pm, Sundays at 2pm and 4.30pm
ALL games rescheduled to 2pm on Sundays due to European midweeks – Sky will show multiple matches at the same time in this slot.
EVERY game from three midweek rounds of games.
ALL ten final day matches for the first time.
“Most of the festive fixtures” with Boxing Day Premier League action returning to Sky.
52 live games a season
Saturday 12.30pm kick-offs
EVERY game from two entire midweek fixture rounds.
FREE-TO-AIR highlights through Match of the Day
Extra digital rights for BBC online platforms.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SKY SPORTS’ MASSIVE NEW EFL TV DEAL HERE
The race for the next set of Premier League TV rights is underway with more live games than ever before being made available.
Broadcasters have been invited to bid for up to 270 matches per season, the most ever since the formation of the league.
They’ve been split into five separate packages of up to 65 games each with ALL the games moved back to a Sunday 2pm kick-off due to teams’ involvement in Europe to be broadcast live for the first time. Currently just one 2pm and 4.30pm match selected by the broadcasters can be screened on Sunday as part of the present deal.
It means up to seven games out of the ten on some weekends after European midweeks could be broadcast live.
A source at one broadcaster told Footie On TV: “In reality no extra games will be moved for TV purposes. The extra games being shown at 2pm on Sunday have only moved because teams have played in Europe on the midweek before, the only difference is they will now be shown live on TV. It was becoming increasingly infuriating for fans that these matches weren’t being shown on TV so it’s a sensible move by the Premier League.”
The other slots for TV games will remain the same with Saturday 12.30pm and 5.30pm kick-offs, Sundays 2pm and 4.30pm and Monday and Fridays 8pm. It’s thought all midweek and bank holiday matches will also be all screened live.
The Times also reports that every game on the final day of the season will be made available for broadcast.
The new contract will run for the four seasons from the 2025-26 campaign to 2028/29. Sky, TNT and Amazon hold the rights to live games until then.
Free-to-air highlights are also being auctioned off. Those rights are currently held by the BBC and shown through Match of the Day. Other “near-live” rights are also available, similar to the 5.15pm mini-highlights packages Sky currently hold and show via its app and YouTube channel along with its Game of the Day and Match Choice offerings on a Saturday night.
Sky and TNT will bid again for live rights. Amazon, which has already secured some Champions League games from next season, and sports streaming service DAZN are likely to bid for some packages too. The high cost of the rights could put them out of reach of free-to-air broadcasters BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, but they could all battle it out for the highlights package.