Sky Sports has won the rights to show 128 Premier League games a season exclusively live in the Republic of Ireland from 2019.
Under the terms of the new agreement, which mirrors Sky’s UK rights deal signed in February and runs until 2022, Sky Sports will show every first-pick weekend match and Saturday evening fixtures for the first time.
The four packages of live rights for the Republic of Ireland mean viewers on the Sky platform will continue to enjoy all the top live action and a guarantee of at least four games for every team in next season’s Premier League.
This deal includes Saturday nights for the first time as well as Friday, Sunday afternoon and Monday night football.
“This is great news for Sky Sports customers,” said JD Buckley, Managing Director of Sky Ireland.
“Under the new agreement, viewers will be able to enjoy more of the biggest matches, including the key head to head fixtures in the best slots, alongside analysis from some of the biggest names in football.”
“With fixtures spread right across the weekend, and with Saturday night kick-offs for the first time, our viewers will have more choice than ever before.”
The agreement strengthens Sky’s position in Ireland, with ten dedicated channels offering live coverage of the GAA All Ireland Championship season, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s European and World Cup qualifiers, International rugby union, and Ireland’s upcoming Cricket international matches against India.
The announcement of Sky’s win comes on the same day that Amazon have won their first rights pacakages in the Premier League. They will live stream ten matches over one weekend and one midweek round of games for the next three seasons in a move which makes the next renewal from 2022 more interesting still.