Football news - Premier League agree new three-year renewal for television broadcast agreements
The Premier League said on Thursday its clubs had unanimously agreed a proposal for a three-year renewal of the league's UK live and non-live broadcast deals with Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and BBC Sport. The new rights deals will include an additional 100 million pounds in funding over the next four years that will go to teams in the lower leagues of the English football pyramid.
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The deal also sees an extra 100 million pounds going to the lower leagues of English football, after criticism from the government last year that the richest clubs should help less affluent sides survive the crisis.
"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," the Premier League's chief executive Richard Masters said.
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.
England's Football Association welcomed the additional funding, saying more than 1,000 clubs in the National League System would benefit.
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"This increased funding from the Premier League will provide vital support for local football clubs and facilities across the country," the FA's chief executive Mark Bullingham said.
BT Sport also welcomed the announcement and said that the deal would allow them to show 52 games exclusively live every season.
The deal comes after six English teams - Manchester United, City, Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool - stepped back from their proposed involvement in a European Super League.