The Premier League has seen a decline in the money raised from the sale of rights to broadcast matches in the UK.In total BT and Sky bid £4.4bn to screen the lion's share of 200 games for each season between 2019-2022.That amount falls short of the £5.1bn the Premier League netted in 2015.Two packages to show 20 midweek matches are still to be sold, but experts say it is unlikely they will raise enough to top the previous rights deal."I don't think that those two packages by themselves are going to bridge the gap between what the domestic rights were sold for last time and what they're going for this time," said Dan Jones, head of the sports business group at the accountancy firm Deloitte.In 2012, BT and Sky paid £3bn for the rights to show matches between 2013 and 2015, up from £1.77bn in
Sky Sports and BT have agreed to pay £4.464bn to show 160 Premier League games a season from 2019/20 until 2021/22.The broadcasters are splashing out less than last time, when they paid a total of £5.136bn for 168 games.Sky, the owner of Sky News, will pay £3.6bn to show 128 matches per season, two more than under the last deal, while BT will screen 32 games, down from 42 in the previous arrangement - paying £885m.Under the latest expanded deal, which in total offers 200 games for broadcast, there are still two packages of 20 fixtures a season each on the table - and "interest from multiple bidders", according to the Premier League.On average, the price per game under the newly agreed deal is about £9.3m - less than the average £10.2m last time, though each of the seven "packages" of right
The Premier League is considering introducing a winter break when the next television rights deal is agreed.The top leagues in Germany, France, Italy and Spain all take time out in mid-season.The Football Association has previously said a winter break is not feasible until the end of the current television deal in 2019.Talks have been ongoing for several months, and are understood to have been constructive.A January break has been under discussion which, if agreed, would not impact on the traditional festive football schedule.If you are viewing this page on the BBC News app please click here to vote.VoteAn announcement on the next Premier League TV rights is expected next week. The league is seeking an increase on the current £5.14bn deal which includes 168 live matches a season, with Sky
Follow talkSPORT.com's transfer live blogThursday, January 25, 2018Another day of the transfer window has come and gone, and there are only seven days left until business stops until the summer.We are still waiting to hear whether Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will join Arsenal, while Chelsea want to complete the double signing of Emerson and Edin Dzeko from Roma.But what is all the latest news on Thursday, January 25?Follow talkSPORT.com's live blog, below, to keep up to date with all the latest transfer news and done deals...Let's block ads! (Why?)
Runaway leaders Manchester City showed no ill-effects from the end of their 18-game Premier League winning run by comfortably beating Watford.Playing two days after the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace, City took just just 38 seconds to open the scoring as Raheem Sterling slotted home Leroy Sane's cross for the quickest goal in the Premier League this season.City, who are 15 points above second-placed Manchester United, doubled their lead when Kevin de Bruyne's cross was turned into his own net by a sliding Christian Kabasele.De Bruyne, who started the match after recovering quickly from a nasty looking injury against Palace, then had a free-kick tipped on to the bar by Heurelho Gomes.City got the third goal their dominance merited when Sergio Aguero scored from close range after the Watford goa...